I love it when people introduce me to some of their favorite things to play. Recently, my other half introduced me to one of his favorite video game series, 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors aka 999. Mind you, it has 6 different endings and took a while, but it was worth it.
In 999, you play the character Junpei a young man who was attacked from behind and taken to a room on a ship where you have to quickly solve puzzles in order to save Junpei’s life. After you escape from that room you finds that Junpei wasn’t the only one who was taken that day.
You end up meeting eight other people, and soon discover that everyone has watches on their wrists that display a number. It’s determined that everyone has to work together to play the Nonary Game, to escape and save their own lives.
There are nine characters in this game who go by Ace, Snake, Santa, Clover, June, Seven, Lotus and Guy X who died right away. These nine characters have nine hours to go through nine doors to find the exit. It turns out that June and Junpei went to middle school together and Clover and Snake are siblings.
From there, you make your own path and the choices you make will affect the ending. There was a ton of puzzle solving, which I’m not the greatest at. Thank goodness for cheats off the Internet, though the puzzles I did solve without help I felt more intelligent for completing.
In a way 999 made me feel as though if I were in the Nonary Game. My heart raced for the dramatic parts, especially where everyone was rushing to put their hand on a device to prevent them from blowing up. When new information was unveiled, it would consume my thoughts even when I wasn’t playing the game. Heck, I had to stop playing the game for a while since I was starting to dream about it constantly.
In 999 I found that as long as you play by the rules, no one gets hurt. Yet, if you make one mistake… Things go downhill quick. While you move forward in the game, you learn very quickly that things aren’t what they seem to be. There are a lot of conspiracy theories going on, and some to be true… Well… A lot of them.
On top of that, each character has a reason for being there and they are each developed amazingly. Every one of them has a story and a reason why they were chosen, and finding out those stories was my favorite part of the game. I cared for a majority of these characters, and when you choose some of the wrong choices? Bad, BAD things happen. I do believe I was so pissed off at one of the endings that I wanted to quit, but then I was told that it’s not the true ending and to keep trying.
999 is a crazy but amazing game with lots of puzzles to solve. The story line though still has me captivated. It’s insane the amount of story development that is in this game. Yet I fell in absolute love with it. 999 rated M, for all you parents out there. Either way, it’s an amazing game and story line. If you’re into puzzle games with a HUGE story line, 999 may be good for you. Soon I will play the sequel, Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.
To follow Kotaro Uchikoshi the creator of 999 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/uchikoshi_eng