999: The Novel App Reviews

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Great story

This is a great way to experience the story if youre like me and dont like puzzles very much. The DS version did have parts of the story in the puzzles, but this version explains the puzzle rooms enough that these moments can still happen without requiring you to go through solving the puzzle.

The game you must play

999 and its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, are definitely the most amazing and memorable experience I had with video games. The story of this visual novel will blow your mind. It is perfectly written and incredibly well thought. Even though the puzzles are removed from this version, the perfect scenario is kept intact and there is absolutely no reason for you not to play it. Thank you to Aksys, Spike Chunsoft and Uchikoshi-san for these gems.

A must have

Probably one of the best story in a videogame, this multiple ending game will hook you till you know the final truth. If you want to see the final chapter of the zero escape series, you must support this game! Only thing I would ask is the possibility to hide the text so we can take screenshots of the artworks. Still, a great port, lets hope Virtues Last Reward will follow.

Best game ever

No, wait. The best game ever is its sequel!!

The greatest story ever told in digital entertainment

Let me make this clear, the writer of 999 knows something you do not. Originally a insanely highly acclaimed cult classic on the DS, 999 takes seemingly unrelated real life experiments, theories, and philosophies then combines them into a complete comprehensible picture. There are no black and white characters, every single one is the kindest person you ever met and the sickest, cruelest person you will ever meet. With a true ending so mind blowing, a final revelation so absolutely shocking it will be a part of you for the rest of your life and forever on your mind for weeks. When all said and done you will swear you know something about the world and the humanity that populates it not a single person around you could even comprehend. Go every route and feast on every detail and when all said and done keep 999 close to your heart. It is a part of you now.


I cant rate this app as is, because, at least in my case; I have bee unable to play it. I definitely got this iPhone version and not the iPad one, but loading it on my iPhone results in it appearing like the aspect ratio is way too big for my small screen, making it so that I cant select anything, or even back out of the options menu... Until this gets fixed, I cannot give the 5 star rating that I want to, because judging by the cool cut-scene intro that I know so well, and the fact that there appears to be music - this seems to be a very faithful novel version of the original DS game, which, as the other reviewer has stated - was awesome. (I still had to give 3 stars just because I can see this working very well... 5 stars if this ever gets fixed)

A waste of time

Go get the DS version, which is far MORE superior to... This.

Great game, but...

One major issue. Lack of puzzles. They do a good job of breaking up the story and its weird to play without them. The story is awesome though, and is definitely worth a re-visit. But without the puzzles, I just dont see it attracting the new fans that the Zero Escape series needs to get another sequel.

Great read!!

The remake of the DS version was made to fit an audience that wasnt gamers and this app does a good job of that. It includes everything in the DS game minus puzzle scenes. Instead of the puzzles were given short, important dialogue from the puzzle sequences. The game does add the new flowchart which is great and makes the game less annoying. Plus, HD images of everyone. And lets be real, Id spend $5 any day to see an HD image of Junpei smiling. If new to the series please give this visual novel a read! It has horror, gore, suspense, multiple science theory references and also a colourful cast of (mostly) loveable characters!! If you are a gamer then I do have to say the DS versions puzzle sequences add a lot more to the game. I mean, the app lacks the funyarinpa, science boy, "your chunk of meat is rock solid", reproducing crates and many more fun dialogue bits!! Such a shame


Amazing storyline and well worth the money. Even without the puzzles . You will find yourself strongly engaged in this storyline through out hours on end.

Simply great!

For someone who just wanted to get through the story, this was very nicely ported to iOS

Awesome VN

Aksys is one of the few companies who take risks. Localization is a risky business, if there is no demand it discourages a company from creating more localizations. I honestly recommend this game for anyone who want to enjoy a true Japanese Visual Novel.


Had bought VLR for PS Vita and it was my favourite video game of all time! This was a great way to get caught up on its predecessor, and I sincerely hope that a final game is made to complete the trilogy!!! :)

999 Stars

Honestly a fantastic port/rendition despite the removal of puzzles. It runs incredibly smoothly, with no slowdowns or other problems. I found a few spelling errors, but outside of that it has run great so far an I highly recommend it to VN fans.

Excellent story!

Awesome visual novel from the same script writer who wrote Ever17, Remember11 and many others, including this games sequel - Zero Escape: Virtues Last Reward. The story is breathtaking and mindblowing, as well as extremely addictive. I highly recommend 999 to anyone interested in visual novels genre of videogames. Please note, however, that the iOS version lacks puzzle gameplay of the original Nintendo DS version. Personally though its not much of an issue for me, as the story is where the game truly shines. Everybunny should hop in and play this. ;) Кто знает английский - берите, не пожалеете.

Great game!

Game is awesome but without "Seek a way out" gameplay isnt as good as on nintendo ds or psvita. Waiting for Zero Escape 3 ;)


Mr. Uchikoshi - truly Genius! Still believing in ZE3. Will buy it in 1 hour after release!

I love it!

One of the best novels in the world! :3


Everybunny have to play this game, buy it buy it and buy it!

The modern Ever 17 just as good on iOS

I’ve been playing visual novels for nearly a decade and 999 is one of my favorites. I was skeptical when I heard the puzzles would be gone, but they handled it nicely. Important dialog during puzzle sequences in the original are kept and so nothing is truly lost if one wants to see a great story. There have been no crashes thus far and I’ve played through three endings. The app is well made.

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