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Zero Escape Virtue's Last Reward by Aksys is the follow up to the 2010's puzzle adventure game; 999- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. It introduces new characters along with your favorites from 999. This is a Japanese Adventure game and like most of the anime genre, the animals talk and interact with the humans. In this sequel, a kidnapped Sigma awakes to find himself alone on an elevator with Phi, a girl he does not know (she seems to know him). The computer robot rabbit Zero III appears before them on a monitor and tells them that they must escape the elevator along with 7 other people.(Thus, the significance of the number 9). They must earn their escape from the building by playing the 'nonary game' where they accumulate points on their bracelets. They can only get these points by betraying or working with the other 7 people. If they score nine points on their bracelet, they get to leave. If they plunge to zero, they will die by lethal injection. In the game, puzzles must be solved, alliance made and broken during which a very specific timeline is played out.

Pros

It's 'voice cast' so the characters speak in either English, Japanese (you can choose which language) and Rabbit.

There are at least 24 different endings.

You can choose your own adventure.


Cons

Can freeze up when try to save in puzzles.

Puzzle are math-oriented, so if you're not a math whiz, you might have a hard time solving them.

Endless talking can get tedious after awhile.


Even with the freeze up glitch, this is an incredibly popular and addictive game. If the puzzles are too math-oriented in nature, you might want to hit the books a little harder. You can always turn down the volume if the talking gets too monotonous.

This game works and looks amazing on the 3DS. If any a game was designed for 3D- it's Virtue's Last Reward. The graphics are stunning and the puzzles really come alive in 3D.

What's great about this game is that it really challenges you to think outside the box.

Virtue's Last Reward 3DS retail price is £39.99. You can buy a used copy for slightly less than that online. Collectible copies are going for a hundred dollars or more. The game is rated M for Mature because it features blood, drug references, sexual themes, strong language and violence. This is clearly a game designed for the over 17 crowd and should not be given to teens and children. However, it is refreshing to have a game that is clearly designed for adults. It's certainly worth grabbing your child's 3DS after they go to bed and popping in Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. However, be forewarned, this game is so captivating, so addicting and worth the retail price.