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Zero Escape (Series) Review

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Posted: 10 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


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

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing


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


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.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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