There's a lot to be said about 9hours 9persons 9doors. First thing to be said is that it's an unusual type of game. It's a visual novel so there isn't much game play involved. It's mostly like the 'choose your own story' novels I used to read as a kid.
The story changes depending on your choices and actions. While most of the game is reading, that's not all there is to it. When you're not reading, you're thinking your way through some challenging puzzles. Funny thing about the puzzles. The deeper into the game you get, the puzzles in turn become more challenging.
999 has multiple endings. If you pick the obvious choices, you get the easier puzzles and the weakest ending. It's when you play through the second and third times that you get the real good stuff. In fact, picking the right choices makes the game longer!
There are a lot of unexpected plot twists that keep it exciting. The only reason I didn't give 999 a 10 is because it's very difficult to find all the endings. Don't get me wrong now, I like a challenge, it's just disappointing to play the entire game again just to get an ending I've already gotten (The first few are easy, I'm looking for the 5th).
It should be noted that dialog can get repetitive at times after beating the game the first few rounds, however, if you've already seen a portion of text, you can fast forward and the game will automatically stop at the new stuff. so none of that button mashing to get through what you've already seen.
As far as the music goes, it's not always playing. It's used more for dramatic effect than for backround noise. Even so, this adds a submersive feel to the game. Good for playing in a dark room in the silence of night.
So I highly recommend 999 to anyone who likes puzzles, looks for a good story line, and who likes reading.
The free watch that came with 999 is pretty cool too. (It's just like the ones that the 9 persons wear). But sadly, the watch was only given out to people who pre-ordered the game online.
gamers (48%) found this review helpful
Here’s how I’d summarize 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. It’s a graphic novel told in a very unique way on the DS. The story contained therein is somewhere within the suspense/thriller/mystery genres, so if you like those genres and want to read a graphic novel on the DS, this is a good choice for you. The characterizations are great, and as a choose your own adventure novel, 9-9-9 does a good job.
As a game, however - not so much. That’s because most of the “game” is simply reading the story. And it’s a good story. But I expected a game, not a book.
Between the hours of reading are some basic point and click puzzles where you click around rooms, collecting items that you may combine with other items and use in certain locations. The puzzles are ok, but not exactly Professor Layton standard. If you do come across something tricky, generally hints will get dropped if you click on things enough. Basically, click everywhere and you can work it out. The only time things get tricky is when you have to keep numbers or symbols in your head for some time; an in-game notepad function would have been helpful.
This game has multiple endings. If you want to see all the endings or don’t like the one you got, you’ve got to start again. 9-9-9 gives you some help in going through the game again: you can scroll through the text you’ve seen before very quickly. But you cannot skip such text entirely, and it can still take minutes to get through very long scenes. And if you encounter a puzzle you already solved on a previous playthrough, you must solve it all over again...
If you want to play something entirely unique on the DS and are up for reading a suspense novel, this game is for you. But I am not convinced that many gamers will find what they're looking for here, and while I enjoyed the story I did not love the game. My score of 4 indicates this game has some merit, but is best suited for a select group. If you don't think you fall in that group, skip it.
posted by SilentPrince088 (HOUSTON, TX) Feb 20, 2011
Member since Feb 2011
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Pros: Nice storyline twists and turns entertaining
Cons: LOOOOOOONG cutscenes 5 or 6 different endings Irritating 'beep' when people talk
Worth playing if you are patient with cutscenes sometimes i was literally sitting there for 30 minutes tapping the screen waiting for the talking to stop and the true ending is no exception it is LOOOOONG