Saturday, July 9, 2011

[Reviu Game] 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors

Platform: NDS
Genre: Mistery, thriller, text-based adventure
Developer: Chunsoft
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Synopsis: 999 is a text adventure game that follows the story of Junpei, a college student who finds himself involved in a deadly conspiracy. He and 8 others have been kidnapped and must play a series of deadly games to win their freedom...

In Nine Hours players only have 9 hours before Junpei and 8 other kidnapped victims are drowned. Numerology, music composition and logic puzzles are just a few of the 32 + obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom. Then in 9 Persons Jumpei must uncover the mystery surrounding the lives of the captive characters and how their blurry pasts reveal a disturbing future. Finally in 9 Doors each hostage is cursed with a digital watch that displays their special number. These numbers are the keys to unlocking the 9 doors. Junpei must explore his surroundings for clues to unlock the next door by picking up and examining objects in the different environments.
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I like this game so much.

For the first time experiencing the game, it felt like those Saw franchise. Mystery and murder surrounding a group of people who just met in an unknown place.

But then, after I finished the first ending this felt like the anime Higurashi/Umineko no Naku Koro ni. I mean, you may get other alternative endings from the previous ending you've played.

Plus, you have to play with numbers to play this game. You know I got a thing for numbers.

And I've learned a lot from this game. Such that numerology knowledge (nonary etc), the pseudoscience and the unfathomable theories, and new words.

Ever heard of the word, prosopagnosia?

For the theory, I summarize what is being told in this game.

this is from the game

Let's say you have this abstract picture, it's just plain black and white, which actually depicts a dog. For the first time, you show the picture to a group of 1,000 people. About 5% of them managed to say it was a dog. Months later, you show it to another 1,500 people (who had no way of knowing about the existence of the picture), and the percentage of people saying it's a dog increased to 8%, and later they repeated the same experiments to yet another people from other countries (who never got access to the pictures as well), they also observe an increase of percentage. How did this happen? Jeng's actually just like telepathy. There is a field not visible to naked eyes called morphogenetic field. And people could communicate through that. Not necessarily they have to meet each other. It's just like wireless. Not necessarily the information must be sent through the cord/cable right?

Interesting, no? haha it's just good for a pseudoscience fiction.

I still do not finish this game. Will do.

Spoiler alert below, only if you want to play. beware:

The best quote from the game:
Lotus, a character in the game asking Junpei what does he think of the abstract picture resemble of..and if you choose...funyarinpa..

Junpei: What do you mean "what the hell is a funyarinpa"? You don't know?! How could you not know?! That's...that's practically blasphemous. Say you're sorry! APOLOGIZE TO THE FUNYARINPA!!


Epic LOL.

He just made up the word fyi.