The Curious Village involves the game's eponymous character and his assistant Luke searching the village of St. Mystere for the "Golden Apple", a treasure claimed to be left by the late Baron Reinhold for anyone that can deduce the puzzles that he left behind to find it. The player moves the pair through the village to talk to villagers and search areas, often leading to puzzles that the player must solve, using optional but limited hints, in order to progress in the game.
This game is by far one of the most enjoyable games I've ever played. You never know whats going to happen next, even though the game my be frustrating at times because of the puzzles, once you get through them. It gets more and more fun. If you don't like puzzles, don't play this game. There are so many puzzles, your brain would probably explode. But to those who do love puzzles. I recommend it. The ending was so epic.
EDIT: Japan has already had their second series of Professor Layton games entitled; Professor Layton and the Pandora's Box. Or something like that. The third Professor Layton is coming in Japan soon!??!?!?!?!