A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is an M-rated game in the vein of classic "choose-your-own-adventure" books. In fact, players could very well spend more time reading through dialogue and watching cutscenes than they will actually pushing any buttons or controls. However, the content in these video scenes and text is very graphic in nature. In addition to descriptions and depictions of bloody dead victims, there are multiple uses of the f-word as well as a reference to "pot." Even though the characters in the game appear to be very cartoony and kid-friendly, the content in the game certainly is not.
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What's it about?
In NINE HOURS, NINE PERSONS, NINE DOORS, players awake to find themselves trapped on board a sinking ship. Their character can barely remember how he got there, and suddenly finds himself in the middle of someone's very dangerous game -- a game where losing means death. Stakes are high as players solve logic puzzles and choose from various forks in the road as they figure out the best way to escape from the ship. Eight other characters are trapped and all only have nine hours before the vessel is submerged and drowns everyone. Incorrectly solving a puzzle may lead to death, and players will find other victims through their quest. The story is about survival and avoiding violence, but sometimes it almost appears unavoidable.
Is it any good?
Despite the intense nature of the content in Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, the story is captivating, creative, and exciting. The concept is a bit unsettling, but it is mitigated by the fact that everything is presented in a cartoon setting, easily divorcing it from real life. The perfectly inserted forks in the road and logic puzzles make the unfolding story an interactive experience, but the focus is always on figuring out what will happen next to the characters. The very nature of the content in this game makes it unsuitable for kids and younger teens, but for those who can get past the heavy language, jarring violent descriptions, and occasional images of blood, there is a very intriguing and riveting experience to be had.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the striking violent content can be used to tell a compelling story, but the non-violent heroes should be considered the stars. What are the effects of violence in the media?
How have you used teamwork to get out of a difficult dilemma?
What are the first things you should do if you are ever faced with a dangerous situation?
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