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Bargain Bin Games: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Lives
Games to buy from a bargain bin
I love a good puzzle game, so when 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (999) was announced, I got pretty excited. Even more so when I found it in a bargain bin for half price! I should have seen the omen because it was marked down to half for a reason.
You assume to role of Junpei. An average college student who is abducted and forced to play a deadly game of cat and mouse. You and eight strangers wake to find yourself trapped on a sinking cruise liner. The water isn't the real danger, the bombs planted inside your bodies are. If you want to survive, then all nine passengers must work together to solve he puzzles and defuse the traps that each section of the ship has to offer... all in a nine hour time limit. To make matters worse, the player must locate and traverse nine doors painted blood red that could either lead to salvation or damnation. This game has an M rating for strong language and for brief visions of blood. Not meant for younger kids, but a mature fifteen year old could handle the game just fine. I would suggest avoiding this title entirely. While the concept of the game is cool and new, the title itself lacks. There is a ton of dialogue, which is fine, but if I wanted to spend this much time reading I'd have bought myself a novel. The game is easily made up of 80% talking and 20% actually game play. The nine hours isn't a challenge since the game only uses the timer at failed suspense building. Yes, we only have two hours left to escape, but let's spend 45 minutes debating weather to take the elevator or the stairs... The game guides you entirely. If we were actually racing a real timer, the games excitement level would have really gone up a notch. The puzzles are not challenging in the least, it's mostly point and click which doesn't take any real logic at all. I'd read several reviews that claim 999 is a cross between Myst and Phantasmagoria, but I don't see any similarities between the two.
The only real good thing about the game are the endings. There are several you can achieve and each carries its own unique plot twist.The downside is having to play the game though each time to see each ending. When it comes down to it, the failed Saw type horror and puzzles don't even begin to bring enjoyment to the player. The game is more of a chore than anything else, and let's face it, no one wants to do chores.
I wouldn't consider paying anywhere near that price for the game. It's just not worth it. If it drops down to $5 or so and you need a time killer... well... maybe not....