Great news everybody! Aksys Games have announced that the Spike Chunsoft visual novel Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is due out for iOS devices this coming Monday. Originally released for the Nintendo DS, back in 2009, the enhanced port will be purchasable on the Apple App Store for use on iPads, iPhones and iPods. Fingers crossed that this means that the title will be available to download off the UK store, as I am keen to purchase it after loving its sequel Virtue’s Last Reward. If you think I am crazy for playing the follow-up before the original don’t blame me – the DS version never came out in Europe.
According to the game’s official website, the iOS version will benefit from higher resolution graphics, newly drawn artwork, speech bubbles that give the experience a more comic book feel and a VLR style flowchart that easily allows readers to skip back to key events (a godsend for anyone wanting to unlock all of the endings.) For some strange reason the puzzle segments have been removed, which is odd as one would assume that they would work well on a touch screen. Ah well, who cares. If my time with Virtue’s Last Reward is anything to go by the highlight of these games is the immersive story and not the brainteasers.
Hopefully this release will give the series some much needed exposure as director Kotaro Uchikoshi has previously revealed that he is struggling to secure funding to make a third game. So what do you guys think? Are you happy with this news or are you displeased that the puzzles have been removed? Have any of you played 999 or VLR? If so what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments section below.