Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

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a game by Chunsoft
Platform: PC
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Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors
Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a twisted adventure game that puts you in the middle of a deadly game where only your wits and intelligence will guarantee your survival. Combining elements of visual novel games with escape room puzzles, this exciting game has you racing against the clock as you try to prevent your impending doom. With an engaging mystery, tons of cool characters, and story choices that drastically change the game, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is an underrated classic that started a great series.

Main Game Features

  • Escape from a deadly game
  • Explore for clues and discuss strategies
  • Six different endings

Story

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is the first game in a series, providing backstory to games like Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. As the title suggests, the game takes place over nine hours, where a group of nine participants must engage in a deadly contest known as the Nonary Game. Equipped with tracking bracelets, the group wake up on a cruise ship and begin to explore, but find their way blocked by nine different doors. Players control the protagonist, Junpei, and must make several decisions along the adventure.

At different points in the story, Junpei must choose which characters he wants to side with, which door to open, and more. As the game becomes more deadly, the lives of some characters will also depend on your decisions. These choices are displayed in a branching storyboard, as each drastically changes how the story will end. Overall, the game has six unique endings, each vastly different from the last.

Gameplay

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is similar to other visual adventures, including Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. As such, you will spend a lot of time talking to other characters in extensive dialogue sections, discussing potential strategies and clues you find. Since there are eight other competitors, you'll want to figure out their strengths and weaknesses while identifying any potential allies or rivals. In addition to dialogue, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors also includes first-person puzzle-solving. This is very similar to games like Myst or The Room, which requires close examination of the environment.

You'll often have to solve puzzles in order to escape death traps or work your way forward through the cruise ship as you search various rooms. During these sections, the game throws a variety of puzzles at you, including logic problems and mathematical riddles. If you find a certain section too hard, you can ask nearby characters for hints. The game's multiple endings also affect gameplay, as you must play the game several times to unlock the “true ending”. Some endings can only be unlocked after you beat the game in certain ways, so figuring out the right way to reach some endings is a puzzle within itself.

Conclusion

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a fantastic adventure, especially for gamers who like escape rooms and mysteries. If you don't like reading long passages of text, you might not enjoy it as much, but those with a curious mind won't be able to refuse the fun. While it's good enough with one playthrough, this is a game that's designed to be played time and time again, with each new run adding more context to the story.

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Overall, if you like puzzles and don't mind a slow pace, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is an excellent game.

Pros

  • Dark and interesting story
  • Lots of cool characters
  • Good for multiple playthroughs

Cons

  • A ton of reading
  • Some puzzles are very tough
  • Weird balance of dialogue and gameplay

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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