Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment products, has announced the horror visual novel, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, for the Nintendo DS.

Description: Junpei, a fairly normal college student finds himself involved in a deadly conspiracy that he couldn’t have possibly imagined. He awakes aboard an old passenger ferry. Dazed and confused, he stumbles around the room trying to reclaim his memories. First thing he notices is a number roughly drawn on the cabin’s door … A bright red number 5.

Junpei’s memory then returns and he remembers what had happened right before he lost consciousness. A mysterious person, wearing a gas mask, said, “I’m gonna make you play the game … the ‘Nonary Game’… the game of life or death.”

“We’ve decided to call 999 an ‘Adventure’ game,” says Ben Bateman, Vocalization Editor, Aksys Games, “but I don’t really feel that’s entirely accurate. 999 is a game that simulates life, or at least it would if your life was about being trapped on a sinking ship and forced to complete a series of incomprehensible puzzles before your practically inevitable death. It is about relationships, and how they will ultimately kill you. There is also some blood, and an ax, so if you’ve always wanted some blood and an ax in your life, there you go. But what really brings 999 to life are the people who inhabit it. You will learn to care for them; to feel as though you are there and they are your friends, and then they will die because you made the wrong choices. Just like in real life.”

Key Features

Nine Hours
You only have 9 hours before Junpei and the other 8 kidnapped drown. Numerology, music composition and logic puzzles are just a few of the 32 + obstacles that stand in the way of their freedom. You must use everything in your environment and personal experience to get out!

Nine Persons
Uncover the mystery surrounding the lives of the 9 captive characters and how their blurry pasts reveal a disturbing future. Help all the characters escape but beware! A wrong decision or careless mistake might put their lives in jeopardy. Experience all 6 + endings that are determined by the way you play!

Nine Doors
Each hostage is cursed with a digital watch that displays their special number. These numbers are the keys to unlocking the 9 doors. Explore your surrounding for clues to unlock the next door by picking up and examining objects in the different environments. Create new tools by combining like objects to get out of dangerous situations and deadly door puzzles.

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