999 coming to iOS devices

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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.

5 thoughts on “999 coming to iOS devices

  1. I’m happy for this port, even if i won’t be getting one for myself as I don’t use any apple devices. maybe I’ll gift one on the site or something to show support to the Devs as I too want a 3rd version of this series. I do think that if they make a port available to PC that it would open it up to more players and thus earn them the much needed funds for a 3rd game.

    ~Q~

    • Much agreed with this here – I, too, do not own an Apple device. It’s nice to see it’s getting some exposure, but dang, they need to move to a more mainstream device. Oddly: iPhones, to my knowledge, aren’t the mainstream phones any more!

  2. I found 999 to be one of the more interesting games on the DS however, I know a lot of people found it’s pace cripplingly slow and I think a lot more will come to the same conclusion now that it’s coming to IOS. A PC port might indeed be a better fit for something like 999 but than again people love to read on their Ipads and the like so maybe 999 will go down a storm after all. If it does perhaps we’ll even be treated to a third.

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