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

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Mature
4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • ESRB Rating: Mature Mature
  • Media: Video Game
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  • 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 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157 in Computer and Video Games (See Top 100 in Computer and Video Games)
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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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This is now part of a trilogy and I bought the second one but was told I should play this first, so here I am.

If you like puzzles, mystery, an amazing story and character development than this game is for you! It is somewhat an interactive novel as the game flow is: Story development and dialogue, then puzzle solving, story development and dialogue and then puzzle solving. There is no running, jumping or anything like that, you must search your surrounding for clues and items, and combine then or use them in the right places to get out and survive!

If you know what this game is about then you will know why it's a solid 9/10, heck, 99/100!
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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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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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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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Amazing. I've been fantasizing a game like this since I was young. It combines all my interests into one: point-and-click adventure, visual novels, and psychological/fringe sciences, while also possessing high quality writing. The dialogue and humour makes you relate to and admire all of the characters. Plus they all have great chemistry with each other, which is quite difficult to pull off with 9(?) main characters.

I'm really into point and click adventure games where you can examine and combine things to solve solutions. 999 does just that, with just the right amount of difficulty. It does suck that you can't skip the puzzles you've already completed, but it's worth it for the extremely surprising plot twists in the 6 different endings. You WILL want to get them all. Trust me.

This game really made me rethink a lot of things as well. The stuff they talk about is crazy interesting. It's so unusual to see such intriguing topics being discussed and analyzed in a video game--especially in a DS game. For example, they talk about telepathy, but not like in a superhero way, but in an actual "there's real-life proof that humans can actually do this" way. You'd have to play the game to know what I mean (cuz I don't wanna spoil anything).

Give it a go! You won't regret it!
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