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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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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.
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.
Multiple possible game endings.
Easy to follow text prompts.
Use puzzle play skills to survive.
Additional exploration gameplay.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
If there's anything else I like about the game, it's the 9 characters you encounter and must escape with.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to buy the sequel immediately this was so good. You can't fast forward through the puzzles like you can in the second one but you can always wrote down or google the solution... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Devan Ski Benton
I decided to try this game based on reviews that I read and I am glad I did. It is unlike any game I've played. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Kay
I hesitated to buy this game because of the art style, but am very pleased with the game after playing it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Bear
The game is amazing. It's definitely one of the best games on the DS, although the main problem lies within it being a bit tedious to play through for ALL the endings because... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Quinn Hanlon
Excellent game that got me into the Zero Escape series. Bought VLR on 3DS, and waiting for the release of ZTD now.Published 1 month ago by Fernando
I just replayed this game to get myself (even more) hyped for Zero Time Dilemma, and it never disappoints. Read morePublished 1 month ago by O.B.
I really enjoyed the game. Flipping through the choices got a bit tedious when I chose different routes, though. That was annoying. The sequel works on that bit, though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jasmine