Ranging from numbers to diagrams, the puzzles you struggle with will likely vary compared to your friends. I"m not a big math person, so any time a number-focused puzzle came up I found myself leaning on the hint system. There"s a great variety of puzzle types, and there were only a handful that appeared multiple times, so if you really hate a specific style you"ll likely only have to deal with it once.
There are some new puzzle modes to complete the package in Unwound Future. Similar to the hamster feature in Diabolical Box, there are now three different areas that can be accessed outside of the campaign – Toy Car, Parrot and Picture Book. All of them are great inclusions as they mix fun, simple themes that can get difficult really quickly. Like a twisted version of Mad Libs, Picture Book requires you to unlock stickers by solving puzzles in the main story that are associated with one of the books, and figure out where the stickers belong to create a cohesive story. This was my favorite of the new additions, but I was disappointed that there were only three books to complete.
The other two modes, Toy Car and Parrot, are just as enjoyable, but don"t offer the adorable storybook packaging. Toy Car features a matchbox sized vehicle that moves around a grid based on a finite number of directional arrows you have to place, and you usually have to collect a certain amount of goods before you can exit. It"s straightforward, but tougher than it looks, especially as you progress. Another seemingly simple mode is Parrot, where you have a limited amount of ropes you can place to help a feathered friend deliver a package to someone on the opposite side of the screen. Both of these seem easier than they actually are, so it does take time to decipher the solutions.
Don"t expect these new modes to increase the replay value of the game, as just like any other puzzle once you"ve figured it out there"s no reason to try it again. That said, I spent around 16 hours with Layton and Luke and still haven"t even come close to completing all of the puzzles available, so it"s a good value. Even after you complete the story, the game plops you back into a previous point in the adventure so you can continue to solve puzzles that you might have missed.