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I was looking through the used games section and did a search by Member Rating, I was curious what was listed as the worst game for the DS. I saw that that Safecracker was given a 2.5 so I decided to find out why. After reading a couple reviews on different sites, the only reason I saw as to why this game has a 2.5 rating is because it's hard. I love puzzle games, so I decided to buy it.
After playing through to the end, I don't understand why this game is getting such bad reviews. Sure, it's not as polished as Professor Layton, but it's still a very good puzzle game. The game doesn't hold your hand at all, it puts you in the house and says find the billionaire's will and that's what I liked about it. There are some puzzles that really leave you scratching your head, I was actually stumped for a couple days on a couple different puzzles. What's great, is that you can move on to other puzzles most of the time. There's always some type of logical solution, you just have to use your head and try some things out.
The biggest let down for me was that it was a bit short. Professor Layton has well over 100 puzzles. It's true, the difficulty doesn't know what it wants to do, you go from medium to very hard to simple. But here's the bottom line: if you think you'll enjoy a challenging puzzle game, this is totally worth it.
I got it because I liked the concept. All those puzzles, so tempting. However, I found that navigation to the puzzles were difficult and there didn't seem to be a build up to different difficulty levels. This may have been a case where the written directions would have made a difference but I don't think so. All in all, too difficult for the puzzle hobbyist but might be good for the serious puzzle pro.
It lacked even the most simple of instructions. I thought I would give it a try because it was getting low reviews for difficulty, but without instructions, there's nothing to do! There's a number pad but nothing to say what might or might not be in the 4 digit number, a safe with colored stones that move around with no reason...Only reason I had it this long was because I had 2 teeth extracted and this was the first night I felt well enough to try it. It's going back first thing in the morning, that's for sure. Trust me, it's not worth it.