Why are they so highly acclaimed?

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#1 by periah250
2019-04-15 at 04:40
So I regularly hear about how good the game is. but from glances they just seem like escape room games. can someone give me a spoiler free description of the game mechanics and story, to maybe convince me to play it?
#2 by bobjr2000
2019-04-15 at 07:12
Not sure can convince but I was surprised I enjoyed game. Probably because I played this game before I even knew what escape room was so it was some fun puzzle to solve and feel reward after. I could see it being a negative and positive seeing as just escape room game. If you like some puzzle challenges its fun, didn't really get suck into story that much personal.
#3 by kilicool64
2019-04-15 at 14:07
The gameplay in the series is okay if you're into adventure game puzzles, but it has so little to do with the story that I often forget it even exists. If that's what you're looking for, there are better options.

As for the story, it's a soulless sci-fi twist fest. Both the plots and characters are extremely flimsy and exist for little purpose beyond setting up plot twists.

If you're into mind screw stories, Uchikoshi's prior works, Ever17 and Remember11, would make far better choices. They have many of the same plot twists he would later shamelessly reuse in the Zero Escape series, but with a vastly superior execution and much more effort put into everything else. They're by no means perfect VNs (Ever17 has major pacing issues, and Remember11 is unfinished), but they're fairly enjoyable so long as you can accept their flaws.
#4 by kiru
2019-04-15 at 16:01
I completely disagree with everything above and recommend the opposite. Don't touch ever17, and especially not Remember11. 999 is the better choice by far. My want to use a guide though, as the choices are completely blind.Last modified on 2019-04-15 at 16:02
#5 by eacil
2019-04-15 at 20:38
If you play the windows port, there is no reason to use a guide. The flowchart is enough.
I wouldn't recommend 999 nor Ever17 though...
If you want something linked to Spike Chunsoft, I would suggest 428 ~Fuusa Sareta Shibuya de~ no one seems to care.
#6 by artumis
2019-04-16 at 05:14
Not really going to be much to convince anyone of here. The games are visual novels broken up with puzzle gameplay segments. Overall decent pacing between segments as I recall and decent enough stories which usually have enough breadcrumbs tossed in that various twists won't feel overly cheap. If the core gameplay pairing isn't your thing though, move on.

I personally went into the DS version of 999 with no expectations and was satisfied enough to play the Vita version of Virtue's Last Reward which I didn't consider as good. Never bothered with Zero Time Dilemma.

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