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Zero Escape (2009), is a series of adventure games that follows a group of nine individuals, who are kidnapped and held captive by a person who goes by the name "Zero", and are forced to play a game of life and death in order to escape.

This somewhat forced setup (both in the game and for the player) sets the scene for narrative and puzzle escape-room sections. These combine to tell the story of each character that is deeper than you might expect. Along the way, the choices you make affect how these unfold.

The games are popular for their experimental storytelling and narrative that pushed boundaries. Although the peculiarity and youth culture of these games can be a barrier, the development of character and nuanced plot are enjoyed by a wide range of players.
  • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (2009) on Nintendo DS and later ported to iOS
  • Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (2012) on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita
  • Zero Time Dilemma (2016) on Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PC, PlayStation 4.
  • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games (2017) bundle of the first two games on PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Zero Escape 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
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This is an Adventure and Puzzle game with Action, Narrative and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.

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Content Rating

The first two Zero Escape games are rated PEGI 16 for frequent mild to moderate language and frequent scenes of dead and bloodied persons. However, Zero Escape Zero Time Dilemma is rated PEGI 18 due to sexual violence and the use of sexual expletives. Although the objective of the game is to kill off other characters in order to ensure your own survival, the age rating has been given due to an instance of sexual violence. A male character decides that as they may all die that it would be okay for him to engage in sexual activity with a female character, the victim does not consent and profusely objects by shouting no when he is lying on top of her. There is the frequent use of the sexual expletive ‘*!@?*’ and derivations of the word. As mentioned, there is violence in the game which can be bloody, but the actual moment when a character is hit or killed is not seen.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.


Zero Escape usually costs £15.49 to £23.79.

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

Steam Store PC £23.79

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

Steam Store PC £15.49

Zero Escape

PlayStation Store PS4 -
XBox Store Xbox One -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/12/2009, updated in 2016

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle (Action, Narrative and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Spike Chunsoft e (@SpikeChunsoft_e)

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