Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

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a game by Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
Platform: Playstation 3
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Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is a two-in-one compilation of the first two titles in the Zero Escape series, a franchise of games that combine visual novel-style storytelling with virtual escape room gameplay. Remastered and refined from their original versions, the two included games present interesting mysteries that require you to solve perplexing puzzles and make tough decisions. In the Nonary Games, each test is a life-or-death situation, with branching story paths based on the choices you make. Similar to games like Doki Doki Literature Club and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games provides players with a compelling and thought-provoking narrative experience with some dark twists and turns.

Main Game Features

  • Unique visual novel/escape room hybrid gameplay
  • Two complete standalone games
  • Branching story paths with over 25 different endings

Story

This collection features two games in the Zero Escape franchise: 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, and Virtue's Last Reward. Although both games contain completely unique characters and settings, they follow the same basic structure. Nine contestants are kidnapped by a masked character known as “Zero” and are forced to compete in a series of deadly tasks to escape. In 999, players step into the shoes of Junpei, a young high-school student who suddenly awaits on a booby-trapped ship. In the sequel, Virtue's Last Reward, a voiceless character named Sigma awakens in a warehouse with eight other contestants, and is forced to fight for his life. In both titles, you must use your wits and make key choices that affect the overall outcome of the story. You'll forge alliances, betray friends, and do whatever it takes to survive in this twisted tale.

Gameplay

Both games in this package contain the same gameplay style, which is a combination of long dialogue sequences and self-contained escape room sections. In the visual novel-style sections, players simply read the text or listen to the characters, occasionally making decisions that alter the course of the story. Virtue's Last Reward contains a unique “betray or trust” mechanic in its story, offering more choices in the visual novel sections. These sections are broken up by the escape rooms, featuring puzzles, riddles, and interactive elements. Along with another character, you'll need to explore these rooms from top to bottom, discovering new information as the story progresses.

One of the big focuses of the Zero Escape series are the multiple endings, many of which require multiple playthroughs to obtain. Thankfully, players are able to access a flow-chart that marks the major sections of the game, letting you return to previous points in the story quickly. Once you've completed the game for the first time, this mechanic lets you easily go back to key decisions and alter them, experiencing other possible outcomes. 999 includes 6 main endings, while Virtue's Last Reward has over 20. With so many endings to discover, there's more than enough narrative intrigue to keep you invested for hours on end.

Conclusion

By combining exceptionally cool stories with addictive and satisfying escape-room gameplay, the Zero Escape series stand-out in the visual novel genre. Both games are thoroughly entertaining both in plot and puzzle-solving, with a fun cast of characters and surprising story turns. Zero Escape: The Nonary Games takes these two awesome titles and smashes them into one great compilation, and while it doesn't have many extra features or new additions, it's still well worth your time.

8

Unless you really dislike reading, you'll likely find Zero Escape: The Nonary Games to be compelling and tons of fun.

Pros

  • Solid storytelling with awesome twists
  • Lots of replayability
  • Satisfying gameplay loop

Cons

  • Really long text sections
  • Some puzzles are frustrating
  • Mediocre graphics

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Playstation 3

System requirements:

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

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