A Game of Cards is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. The puzzle must be solved in order to progress the story.


US Version

This is a photograph of two gentlemen playing a game of cards.

Everybody who sees this photograph points to the same thing and says something like, "Someone has no idea what he's doing!"

Circle the part of the photograph these people are referring to.

UK Version

Here's a painting of two players in fierce competition over a game of cards.

At first glance, nothing seems strange, but occasionally people remark:
"If they're really in fierce competition, isn't this part of the painting strange?"

Circle the part of the painting that people would find strange, then touch Submit.


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US Version

Imagine yourself sitting at the table. Notice anything unusual?

UK Version

Imagine you were there, playing cards at this table.

Is there anything you find unusual?

US Version

Look closely at the two gentlemen playing cards. If people think that one has no idea what he's doing, he's probably doing something strange.

UK Version

This painting is of two chaps in fierce competition.

Look closely at the players.

US Version

Take a close look at the cards being held by the player wearing the blue shirt. The location of the numbers on the cards is a clue.

UK Version

Have you given some thought to the characteristics of playing cards?

Look carefully at the cards the man in the foreground is holding.

The location of the number on the cards is a clue.

US Version

Where are the numbers printed on playing cards? They're not on the top-right or bottom-left corners...

Think about where the numbers are located, and look at how each player is holding his cards. One of them is doing something you probably wouldn't do if you'd ever played any game of cards.

UK Version

Where is a card's number displayed? Not in the top-right or bottom-left corner, that's for sure.

If you think about this and look at what the players are doing, you'll see something that's unnatural for a fiercely competitive card game.



US Version

Too bad!

Don't be misled by unimportant details.

UK Version

Too bad.

Try considering how things would look from a different perspective!


US Version


The numbers are usually printed on the top-left and bottom-right corners of playing cards. The gentleman wearing the orange hat is holding his cards in such a way that he can't see what three of his cards actually are.

UK Version

That's right!

Cards usually have their number displayed in the top-left and bottom-right corners.

No matter how badly he wants to win, therefore, the player in the orange hat is going to have a hard time seeing his hand if he's holding his cards like that.


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