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GF Rating
8.3

224 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
9

Excellent

A Vita Must Own

posted by FLOWDANGO (MORRISTOWN, NJ) Jan 8, 2013

Member since May 2007

First off, this game is really a choose your own adventure novel with "Minigames" in between extended dialog sessions. And when I say extended I mean one string could last about an hour or so without having to input anything except for the next dialog line button.

But this is not a bad thing at all, it is so good! The story is so good and the characters are so fleshed out you want to hear everything said and read all items collected. During novel sequences decisions might occur which will decide paths taken. In this title it you will encounter about 15 to 20 endings. As of right now I have seen about 5 of them and just keep replaying to see more.

Now I say replaying but the game incorporates a Flow Chart of all possible paths, of course marked with a ? if you have not encountered that game piece yet. So it is so easy to jump around to replay "Escapes" and see new Novel portions.

So besides the novel, decision points and the flow chart you have the hard part of the game which is the "Escape Minigames" which are not really minigames but very intricate puzzles. Sometimes the difficulty is just really hard due to the type of puzzle. A lot of puzzles have math, word association and some minor minigames. It is all very doable but it may take some extra thinking to get through most.

The game starts each room out in Hard mode, so if you get stuck you can switch to Easy and more hints will be available. Easy mode will most likely get you through the portion you are stuck on, I know it did when I needed it. Then you can go back and complete hard.

But why do hard at all? Because if you do things right you get a Gold folder instead of the easy Silver. In these folders are key details!

Amazing game! Only negative is the traveling aspect, it can really slow down the feel and I do not think is necessary but who knows maybe it is required for loading. If you have not played the first game 999 please do as well, it really makes the game that much better. Good

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

OK game

posted by animeguru (ALAMEDA, CA) Dec 2, 2012

Member since Dec 2012

This game is OK. The puzzles are not relatively to difficult. The only complaint I have is that the scenes in between each level takes forever to get through. It's a very creative game, but there is just way too much dialogue which makes the game seem longer than it really is.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Incredibly convoluted, but fantastic

posted by Straypuppy (BETHESDA, MD) Nov 4, 2012

Member since Mar 2009

This game has a fantastic story, with massive plot twist endings and logical theories woven into a tale of survival. Half of the game includes room-escape puzzles, with the other half being narrative text of the story. You don't need to have played 999 (The first game) to understand this one, but it really helps. There are some big story elements of the first game that are alluded to. Keep in mind that the story is incredibly confusing and gets more confusing as the game continues. For those that don't know about logical theories, such as Schrodinger's Cat, the game explains many theories with real-world examples to try and help you understand. Every character has a unique, engaging personality that never gets tiring.

Overall, if this is your kind of game and if you can keep track of all the chaos that happens as the game progresses, you'll find that the story is really engaging and leaves you wanting more.

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