I play a lot of games on many different systems and sometimes a game comes along that seems like it should be just what I was looking for, but instead I send it back faster then I can get out of a bad date. I played a few scant boards, didn't like anything I was looking at or listening to and when I failed a jumping section within the first five button presses a couple dozen times without ever having the tiniest of clues as to the why or how of it all, I remember how much I appreciate Gamefly.
To say it all a different way: I didn't like the music. I didn't like how the game in no way utilized 3D - it is there, but your character always moves along a predetermined 2D route. I didn't like the non-music still scenes where you have to tap every where to find hidden medals and then have a static conversation to move the plot along. I didn't like how the game told you exactly where to go but made you do it as if there was a choice involved. I did not like this game, but I give it points for working (up until it didn't for me, but I have to assume others got past that part leaving me an exception for that problem, not the rule is my guess) and that is about it.
If you liked Proffeser Layton, you'll love this game. Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure is a game about Raphael, aka Phantom R, who steals famous art only to return it a few days later. On the run from Inspecter Vergier, he meets a girl named Marie who has a violin which bears the same symbol as a coin his Father left him when he dissapered three years ago. Joining up with Marie, who is looking for her mother who gave her the violin whe she left her at an orhanege, they meet a man who claims to be Napoleon Bonapparte. Raphael must find out the mystery of the Braclet of Timat and find his father at the same time.
This game is really neat in its puzzles and gameplay. The game really makes you think outside of the box to get past areas, and I found the mini games to be challenging, but fair. Also the cutscenes and overall presentation is stellar. The 3D works great and the music is very fitting to the mood. While it did become frustrating at times, I can tell you you will probably like it. Usually these games aren't my cup of tea, but you really need to at least try it.
-Difficulty Spike in Minigames