999: The Novel Drops on iOS March 17th


Aksys Games have announced that their puzzle thriller Zero Escape: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors is set to launch iOS on March 17 with a new title: 999: The Novel. The new name is attributed to all puzzles being removed from the game for this version, making it play more like a traditional visual novel, with player-made choices deciding the direction of the story.

The game will be priced at $4.99, which is a great buy considering the DS version is still going for $20 on Amazon. I’d still rather try the original (backlogged!), but it will be very interesting to see how the more casual gamers that inhabit the mobile crowd will react to a Japanese visual novel. Visual novels have been gaining a lot of ground in the states thanks to Dangonronpa and Virtue’s Last Reward, so I could see this being the first of many ports yet to come.

(Source: Aksys Games)