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  • Zero Escape, Vol. 1: 999- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors  - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
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Zero Escape, Vol. 1: 999- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - Nintendo DS Standard Edition

by Aksys
Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Mature

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
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Product Details

  • ASIN: B003VR5PPY
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm ; 91 g
  • Release Date: Nov. 16 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #759 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)

Product Description

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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Junpei on Nov. 29 2010
Wow.

I've dabbled in visual novel games a little (Fate/Stay Night being pretty much the only one) and have been an Adventure game fan since the old LucasArts games back in the 90s.
One of my favourite series of all time is Phoenix Wright. But, I haven't played a game where the story and dialogue are as top-notch as they are here.

999 has been a wonderful surprise for the DS. Extremely dark (though not without some good humour that made me laugh outloud at points), with great writing in both dialogue and prose. Swearing was used very effectively to help emphasis the emergency of the situation. This is not a game for kids. Even though the game doesn't show much beyond a few bucketfulls of blood, the graphics descriptions of some of the gorier scenes will make you cringe, even if you have no issue with movie violence.

Also, the game features 16 puzzle "rooms" not unlike flash games like "The Crimson Room". These don't drag on long and all and the solutions aren't crazy hard without being stupidly easy. You'll complete anywhere from 6-9 (roughly) of these puzzles per-playthrough.

With 6 endings and one of these 6 endings needing to be found to unlock the "True Ending", there's quite of bit of replay value. And trust me, until you've seen those two endings, you won't want to put the game down. The characters, while at the beginning seem like stereo-typical anime fare, quickly become more and more enthralling as you talk to them amongst the various routes you can take throughout the game. I'm usually the type of person who can see plot twists coming a mile awhile, but I was constantly one-upped by the excellent plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Embryon on Dec 20 2010
This game is a masterpiece of storytelling. I've found three endings so far, each of them shocking, and there are still tons of mysteries yet to be revealed. How are the characters connected? Who is Zero? What is the purpose of the Nonary Game? I can't wait to find out.

The level of difficulty is good -- the solutions aren't immediately obvious, for the most part, but they won't drive you crazy either. In general, gameplay and story are blended nicely. Even when you're purely solving a puzzle, the visual & sound design of the game never let the general feeling of creepiness and urgency dissipate. The unity of this game is wonderful.

The dialogue in this game is well written, and it does a good job of masking, and then slowly revealing, the fact that characters may not be who they at first seem.

I could go on and on about how suspenseful and fascinating this game is, but really, you should do yourself a favour and play it ASAP. You won't be disappointed. This is one of the best games of 2010.

(One last thing: parents, please heed the ESRB rating on this one. 999 is DEFINITELY NOT a kids' game!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Tiberi on Oct. 31 2012
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this game is fantastic...pure and simple...
here is the problem....
what is shown here is NOT what is advertised to purchase...what is shown here is the new cover, that also has some bonus content...but when you order it, you get the old/original cover that doesn't have the new content....if you already own the original version (I do)...don't order from here, unless Amazon fixes this problem/issue!!!
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This game's got a great storyline (which is really its selling point), and like a gripping novel you will NOT want to put it down. Luckily the individual playthroughs are not very long--the real fun is taking all of the 6 different paths--so you won't have to wait too long for closure on an individual path (you really won't want to).

That being said, this is an "interactive novel" kind of game with much more dialogue than gameplay. I personally found the gameplay to be very fun--puzzles that are challenging without being frustrating--but if you don't like a narrative-heavy game, and just want to jump into the action instead, I wouldn't recommend this to you.

One last thing is that plot in this game gets really dark and twisted. In the one 6-7 hour playthrough, you WILL get attached to the characters, and if you aren't careful and let them die it gets pretty horrifying. After my first time through it, I got a post-traumatic stress reaction to doing basic math (a core mechanic of the game is simple, single-digit addition, and you'll use this for everything up to deciding who gets left behind at certain junctions, presumably to die). I definitely wouldn't recommend playing this game just before going to bed!

Fantastic game overall!
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I do really like this game. As the other reviews state, it is definitely not for children; the story is very adult-oriented in both language and content. While the story is really interesting, there's a lot more story-reading than puzzle-solving in the game. I enjoyed the puzzles that you do encounter, but you generally have to get through a lot of story between puzzles, and there are breaks in the puzzle-solving to provide even more story. You also do not get all of the story in each playthrough; you have to make choices that affect the outcome of the game as well as the actual puzzles you'll encounter and the pieces of the story you hear. You really have to play through the game at least 4 or 5 times to get the whole story. Fortunately, after your first playthrough, you are able to fast forward through the parts of the story that you've read before; otherwise, it would be really unbearable to play through again. The story is a bit bizarre, but if you've played through some Japanese RPG type games or watched anime it won't seem that weird. Overall, I do recommend it, but wish that there were more puzzles to go with the interesting story.
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