Zero Escape (Series) Review

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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 5 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Zero Escape, 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 affects 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

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

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

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC, PS Vita, PS4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @SpikeChunsoft_e


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Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Zero Escape usually costs £32 to £49.99.

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

PS Vita £44.99
PS4 £49.99

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

PS Vita £32.99
PS4 £39.99
2DS|3DS £32
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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.

Zero Escape Zero Time Dilemma is rated ESRB MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, No Interactive Elements, Rating Summary. Characters sometimes use weapons to kill each other: a character shot in the head; a man shot with a crossbow; a character attacking a person with a chainsaw. One dramatic scene depicts a woman cutting out a dead man's heart with a crossbow arrow; though the sequence is obscured, there are protracted crunching and squishing sound effects. Blood-splatter effects and pools of blood frequently occur throughout the game. The dialogue contains references to sexual material (e.g.,"Call HR, this is sexual harassment, old man"; "Then sleep with me!"; "He'd ask you for money, sex..."). One scene depicts a male character briefly straddling and holding down a female character's arms. The words “f**k,” “sh*t,” and “a*shole” appear in dialogue.


We haven't recorded accessibility settings for this game yet. Our Zero Escape Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SpikeChunsoft_e) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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