999: The Novel announced, lands on the iOS App Store next week

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Visual novels are big business in Japan but it’s only recently that we’ve seen an increase in their English localisation thanks in no small part to the growing popularity of mobile gaming. One of the most critically acclaimed visual novels released in the West over the past few years is 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for the DS. The game was ported to iOS last year in Japan and now Aksys Games has announced that an English version will be available from March 17th on the App Store for $4.99.

‘999: The Novel’ lacks the puzzles from the original DS release but benefits from higher resolution artwork, a new graphic novel presentation and a flow-chart function that allows readers to track which path they’ve chosen and enables them to return to a specific point on the flow-chart and take a different route.

Here’s the official plot synopsis for 999: The Novel along with some screens of the game being played in landscape mode:

“Nine individuals, seemingly strangers, find themselves awakening to a rude truth – they’re trapped on a ship that will sink in nine hours, and must play a deadly game in order to escape. Kidnapped by the mysterious Zero, these nine must solve puzzles and uncover the location of the elusive ninth door before time runs out. Each player is tied to a bracelet that controls a bomb within their bodies. One wrong move and they explode. However, beyond this life-or-death game lies questions that they must answer: Why have they been brought here and, more importantly, who is Zero?”

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Are you familiar with Kotaro Uchikoshi’s celebrated visual novel games which include 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward? Let us know in the comments.

Source: 999: The Novel official website

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