Aksys Games has just launched an English language version of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors on the App Store. The new iOS port offers gamers a “visual novel” rendition of the popular Japanese Nintendo DS title, and it’s available to download now for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch across two separate apps.
The apps, 999: The Novel and 999: The Novel HD, can be purchased on the App Store for $4.99 apiece. As we explained in a recent article announcing 999: The Novel’s release date, publisher Aksys Games notes online that the visual novel “takes readers on a suspense-filled journey full of danger, terrifying choices and unexpected twists toward a variety of endings that may or may not see them coming out alive on the other side.”
For those unfamiliar with the original title, here’s the premise behind 999: The Novel for iOS, as outlined in the apps’ release notes:
Nine individuals, seemingly strangers, find themselves awakening to a rude truth – they’re trapped on a ship that will sink in nine hours, and must play a deadly game in order to escape. Kidnapped by the mysterious Zero, these nine must solve puzzles and uncover the location of the elusive ninth door before time runs out. Each player is tied to a bracelet that controls a bomb within their bodies. One wrong move and they explode. However, beyond this life-or-death game lies questions that they must answer: Why have they been brought here and, more importantly, who is Zero?
In order to create a visual novel experience for iOS device owners, 999: The Novel doesn’t feature the puzzles which are offered in the original Nintendo DS game, and its graphics have been overhauled for Apple’s mobile OS.
The result is “a thrilling choose-your-own-path story” that offers users a nice blend of the e-book and iOS game.
Check out the new applications now, or for more of our recent news, see: Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne Is First Ever Mobile Game To Feature Twitch Streaming, Apple Could Launch A New iPhone This Week, and Is Apple ‘Haunted’ By Steve Jobs?.[gallery]