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This game is pretty great, it seems like a fairly straightforward puzzle game at first glance but do not be fooled, it's a very deep and intellectual game with a complex storyline!
Story - 5/5 - Without spoiling anything, (which is really hard EVERYTHING is a spoiler to one ending or another) the story leaves you guessing "Who is Zero?" "Why are we here?", "Why are we playing the Nonary Game?", all the way up until the final "true" ending where everything is revealed. Some characters from the previous DS game 999, make reappearances though not always in expected forms. The text can get a bit heavy sometimes but it is ridiculously well written and executed.
Graphics -4/5- The character graphics and details around the room are very well done, all the rooms lead you to feel you are in a bunker of some kind and leave you wondering why these kinds of rooms are here in the first place. However I found myself tapping the same area several times to get some of the smaller items that you needed (though that would be more a hardware issue than a software one.)
Sound -5/5- The voice acting is very well done, very believable and does not shy away from cursing, this does have an M rating for a reason. The ambient music could have been better, or had more variety, but what was there got the message and feeling across and gave the player a general feeling of things like paranoia, nervousness, etc.
Gameplay - 5/5 - The puzzles on hard mode are complex, no hints are given unless you manually switch that room to easy mode, at which point your companions will walk you through it. Many of the answers/solutions aren't very straight forward which allows you to experiment a bit.
I would recommend that you play the first game 999 on the DS before this one, it will give you some insight into a few things however, -it is not necessary.-
A very top notch game all around, it exceeded my expectations and I recommend it to gamers who enjoy a good puzzle challenge and engaging
The original game was an absolutely fascinating exploration into quantum thought and the squeal does not disappoint. If you are looking for the same themes as the first game you may be a little underwhelmed. Death, betrayal, mystery and threat of cataclysmic disaster are a constant throughout this choose your ending adventure, just a good bit lighter on the extreme violence that could be found in the first game.
Emphasis on escaping the puzzle rooms is more in line with trying to figure out what is going on and escaping the game entirely as opposed to the first which focused on life or death situations. Not to say one is better than the other with this approach, its just different. An absolute must play for fans of the first game and here is hoping they continue the series into another installment.
I recommend this game to anyone who enjoys puzzles, and has a herculean tolerance for frustration.
I'm not the former, but actually the latter who happens to be good at puzzles though I don't actually like them.
Even so, the story kept me intrigued and rather absorbed into the game.
It had me addicted to the point that I forced myself to get a 100% completion, meaning I finished all the possible game over/endings, and even got all the secret passwords on hard mode.
Somebody is gonna luck out if they rent it, and get my copy. xD