Video Game Music of the Week - 261

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (Nintendo DS)


Theme of the Diabolical Box, Folsense, Lost Forest, Suspense

Tomohito Nishiura

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, known as Professor Layton and Pandora's Box in Europe and Australia is the second entry in the Professor Layton series. The game follows a similar progression to that of the first game, but delivers a brand new story with a hefty load of new puzzles as well.

Theme of the Diabolical Box
The main theme to
Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box begins with a very ominous piano opening. The track then features string instrumentation and the very characteristic sound of the piano accordion which makes numerous appearances in the Professor Layton series.

This track features the piano accordion again and is a relatively sombre song. The string instrument plays the most prominent theme in the song, which begins a few moments after the track starts.

Lost Forest
The element of mystery is layered heavily throughout the Layton series, and this track is yet another example of this. The games in the series truly find a way to set a specific atmosphere and this atmosphere is often achieved through the remarkable soundtracks.

Suspense is yet another slow theme found in the game. It's melody is quite simple, but its eery instrumentation and melodic progression make if feel like a very chilling and unique theme.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

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