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9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors

by Aksys
Nintendo DS
Mature
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews) 82 / 100

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  • Nine Hours: You only have 9 hours before Junpei and the other 8 kidnapped drown. Numerology, music composition and logic puzzles are just a few of the 32 plus obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom
  • Nine Persons: Uncover the mystery surrounding the lives of the 9 captive characters and how their blurry pasts reveal a disturbing future. Help all the characters escape but beware! A wrong decision or careless mistake might put their lives in jeopardy.
  • Nine Doors: Each hostage is cursed with a digital watch that displays their special number. These numbers are the keys to unlocking the 9 doors. Explore your surrounding for clues to unlock the next door by picking up and examining objects.
  • You must use everything in your environment and personal experience to get out

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  • ASIN: B003VR5PPY
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

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999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a gripping single-player Adventure game for Nintendo DS in which players are forced to use their problem-solving and exploration skills in a desperate life and death race against time. Set in an isolated, enclosed environment from which their is no easy escape, the lives of all nine characters of the game are defendant on the decisions made by the player. Additional features include: a mix of video cutscenes and graphic novel style presentation, puzzle-solving dependent on several factors, character dialog and exploration gameplay, diverse characters, and six possible endings that ensure a high replay value.

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The characters of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Life and death puzzle play for DS.
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A Puzzling Game of Life and Death for DS

Junpei awakens in a mysterious room, dazed, confused and unable to recall how he got there. As he searches the room for clues, he notices he's wearing a mysterious bracelet. Unable to remove the it or leave the room, Junpei suddenly remembers his kidnapper, a mysterious person in a gas mask, and these haunting words, "I'm gonna make you play the game... the 'Nonary Game'... the game of life or death." Could that actually mean what it sounds like? If so, you must save yourself and others if you can, but remember that every choice has consequences.

Key Game Features

  • Named Story of the Year 2010 by IGN - 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors blends thrilling visual novel with mind-boggling puzzle and exploration play, seamlessly into a complex story.
  • Nine Hours - With only nine hours until the boat sinks, Junpei and eight others must find a way out. Numerology, music composition and logic puzzles are just a few of the dozens of obstacles that stand in the way of freedom.
  • Nine Persons - Uncover the mystery surrounding the lives of the nine captives. Help all the characters escape but beware, a wrong decision, careless mistake or even an ulterior motive by one of the others might put everyone's life in jeopardy.
  • Nine Doors - Each hostage is cursed with a digital watch that displays a special number. These numbers are the keys to unlocking the nine doors. Explore your surroundings for clues to unlock the next door by picking up and examining objects.
  • Six Possible Endings - The game's multiple possible valid endings encourage players use what they have learned, and ensure a high replay value.
  • The Adventure Has Only Begun - Play the spiritual sequel, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, available on the Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita system.

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Junpei showing that he is the 5th of 9 in-game characters in 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Multiple possible game endings.
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An example of a puzzle play challenge from 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Use puzzle play skills to survive.
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An example of a exploration gameplay from 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Additional exploration gameplay.
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Junpei, a fairly normal college student finds himself involved in a deadly conspiracy that he couldn’t have possibly imagined. He awakes aboard an old passenger ferry, dazed and confused he stumbles around the room trying to reclaim his memories. First thing he noticed was a number roughly drawn on the cabin’s door… A bright red number 5. Junpei’s memory then returned and he remembered what happened right before becoming unconscious! A mysterious person with a gas mask crossed his mind. He remembered the haunting words he spoke, “I’m gonna make you play the game… the ‘Nonary Game’… the game of life or death”. “We’ve decided to call 999 an ‘Adventure’ game,” say Ben Bateman, Localization Editor, Aksys Games, “but I don’t really feel that’s entirely accurate. 999 is a game that simulates life, or at least it would if your life was about being trapped on a sinking ship and forced to complete a series of incomprehensible puzzles before your practically inevitable death. It is about relationships, and how they will ultimately kill you. There is also some blood, and an ax, so if you’ve always wanted some blood and an ax in your life, there you go. But what really brings 999 to life are the people who inhabit it. You will learn to care for them; to feel as though you are there and they are your friends, and then they will die because you made the wrong choices. Just like in real life.”

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288 of 297 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST DS Puzzle Titles Ever December 1, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is not a game for children. Do not buy this title for your ten-year-old; the "Mature" ESRB rating on the package is very accurate. The storyline is very heavy in expletives (up to and including the f-bomb) and periodic sexual innuendo.

I first found out about this game about two months ago while reading a synopsis on Amazon. As the title implies, nine people have nine hours to escape from a sinking ship. They were put there by a maniacal person named Zero, who kidnapped them from all over the world to participate in "The Nonary Game", a life-or-death challenge that will thrust the nine kidnapped people into a world of puzzles.

The best comparison that I can draw to this game is a mash-up of PC classics Zork and Phantasmagoria. If you are not old enough to understand this reference, I offer another: Saw (the movies) meets Professor Layton. What Aksys has done is create a visual novel; you must solve puzzle elements in order to progress the storyline. If you ever played the classic point-and-click adventures on the PC (Myst, Phantasmagoria, Zork, & etc.), then it is fairly intuitive (and obvious) that they can be reincarnated on the DS. The touch-screen interface is a perfect way to introduce this style of mystery/puzzle games to a new gaming generation.

Gameplay

Nine Hours, Nine Person, Nine Doors (lets call it 999 for short) excels in intuitive gameplay. The concept is fairly simple: the game is divided into two sections: narrative and escape puzzles. For each puzzle, your character (Junpei) will be placed into an area, comprised of a room or a series of rooms, and he must find items and solve puzzles in order to open the door and escape.

Now the title and the game itself does indicate that you have only 9 hours to escape.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've played some mystery/puzzle games before but this one REALLY take the cake. Out of all the M rated games so far released, (this being the 11th M rated game out for the DS system) this is really hard to put down once you started playing.

The game itself is a mixture of a graphical novel and a "escape the room"/solve puzzles. So if you hate reading, puzzles, or math in general, I would stay away from the game. However, if you enjoy complex puzzles, memorable characters, great story lines I would definitely pick this game up.

What make this game even better is once you "finished" the game, you can play back through the game and have a completely different ending. Which really adds onto the replay value of this game and no two endings are the same!

I would like to warn parents though, this game is rated by ESRB as M for Mature for a reason. There is blood (tons of blood and a very detailed description of said blood), drug reference, strong language (and when I mean strong language, STRONG LANGUAGE! Not just the f-word is being thrown around), suggestive themes, and of course, violence.
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
9 Hours to escape
9 People caught in this mad game of numbers
9 Doors that will determine their very fates within a ship

These people are put into a game known as the "Nonary Game" where they must escape within 9 hours from a crazed person only known as "Zero" and make it out alive.

This game is very. very interesting. The moment I put this game into my DSi and played for the first 10 minutes, I was sucked into these people's lives that hang in the balance. The first few minutes put you in a room with the main character, Junpei, where he must escape from a room being filled with water, and FAST!! This game uses the whole point and click system where you look around a room and use your stylus to tap on objects to find clues and items that will help you escape from different situations in the ship.

**Some spoilers**

My favorite part in this game is not only the puzzles, but the dialog. The narration isn't bland like some other games. But, is literally made like you're reading a book. When you're stuck in the water-filling room with Junpei, the narration is very, very thorough and very detailed. Some parts will tell you about the description of the room to the restlessness of the characters to (I'm not kidding you) the full description of a body after it was blown up. It's not, "the body was blown up into a million pieces", but rather tells you something like, "the blood splatter was all around the room and chunks of the flesh where strewn around the room" blah blah blah. I'm not kidding, this is how detailed the narration is.

**End spoilers**

If there's anything else I like about the game, it's the 9 characters you encounter and must escape with.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!! December 5, 2010
By kamom
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I almost didn't buy this game. Reviews sounded good, but I didn't like the price. I almost missed out. I would have paid double for this game. Highly addicitive, great puzzles, captivating story - I literally couldn't put it down. I have completed 4 of the 6 endings and will be going back to hit the other 2 soon! Definitely for mature audiences. Lots of reading, but it is very interesting. If you like suspense, novels, and puzzles, then this game is perfect for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Interesting Game
It's a really good game that I'd recommend getting if you're into suspense. Also if you like a good challenge and using your mind a lit to solve the puzzles in the game.
Published 9 days ago by vgm22
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't get this game
I don't really understand the rave reviews this got. I really like novels and enjoy good writing so I was quite excited when I started this game, thinking the quality of writing... Read more
Published 9 days ago by R. JOHAADIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thriller
One of the best game I even play. Hard boiled thriller where you need just survive. Wonderfull scenario with good puzzles. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Andrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing product!
I was really excited when I learned about this game, so when I ordered it I was very anxious to get it. It arrived in about a week! I was so delighted and surprised! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kayla McCuistion
4.0 out of 5 stars 9/10 at the very least
This is a fascinating game that truly gets you involved with decisions and some philosophical reflection to be honest. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ershad
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best games of all time
I love this game, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, has great characters, a great soundtrack, and amazing gameplay
Published 17 days ago by Allison Senk
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
I just finished my first playthrough of this game and while the story mode can overpower the actual gameplay sometimes its with reason and I love it. Read more
Published 21 days ago by h.eff.
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a chance
I was looking for something new to play and happened upon this gem. Honestly I almost didn't buy it because of its age, but wow I am really glad I bought it. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense and intriguing mystery game... with puzzles.
It's been about two years since I first beat this game and I'm still thinking about it.

I won't waste your time on the main premise or spoilers. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game but hard to navigate at times.
I love this game. A lot of fun but hard to get different alternate endings.
It's great to be able to choose your own adventure per say but sometimes it is hard to figure out... Read more
Published 28 days ago by J. Schaller
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