Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (Hands-On) (Nintendo 3DS) Preview

By Adam Riley 20.11.2012 10

Review for Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

The first Zero Escape game arrived on Nintendo DS in the form of 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, which was adored by Cubed3 so much that it received a coveted 10/10 score when reviewed on import due to the lack of European release. Now with the spiritual successor heading to Nintendo 3DS this week over here, Cubed3 eagerly jumped into the eShop demo to get an early taste of this highly anticipated new visual novel adventure.

The main purpose of the demo that has just been placed onto the European Nintendo 3DS eShop is to get players accustomed to the puzzle mechanics of Virtue's Last Reward. Whilst those that either live in the US or managed to grab hold of an import copy can attest to how intriguing the puzzle element can be, being smoothly integrated into what is basically a mere visual novel, the majority spying Chunsoft's text adventure will most likely have no idea what to expect.

The scenario that takes place involves only a few of the cast, with Sigma as the lead person the player is controlling, and two others that are helping to thoroughly analyse the surrounding rooms in order to find some way of escaping to the next area, sharing their thoughts only briefly here.

Screenshot for Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

That is the basic premise of Virtue's Last Reward; it all revolves around nine participants in what is called the Ambidex Game, where they are all forced to wear bracelets and split into teams by a weird rabbit figure that speaks in riddles. Their 'Bracelet Points (BP)' are tracked during face-offs with opposing teams and whether they choose to help or betray others will change the BP level dependent on the rules doled out by the furry critter that appears to be pulling the strings. Should the rate drop to zero, a special concoction of drugs is released, being jabbed into the wrist of the person in question. There certainly is a lot on the line! However, although the in-game players are supposedly up against the clock, thankfully those in the real world are allowed to meticulously work through at what pace is desired. This allows for the almost morbid atmosphere to soak in completely, and the depth of the story to be fully appreciated.

There are only four rooms to search through, all found to the left and right of a narrow corridor, with just three of the dorm-like abodes accessible to start with, and movement done via Myst-like jumps, tapping on an area of interest with the stylus to make the scene change immediately to either a zoomed in version of whatever is in the player's eye line or to another section of the room for further investigation. The aim is to pick up clues dotted around, most of which seem amazingly obscure at times, but with use of the in-game memo, notes can be written down and referred to when trekking to the other nearby locations. Pick up items, decipher codes, use the environment in whatever way possible, and slowly the jigsaw starts to come together. First of all Sigma must find out how to open the fourth locked room, before eventually cracking the conundrum to break free from the confines of the actual corridor itself and progress through to another area of the strange building everyone is trapped in, thus ending the demo.

Screenshot for Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward (Hands-On) on Nintendo 3DS

Final Thoughts

The slow pacing of the puzzles may not quite be to everyone's taste, but anyone with a penchant for deep storylines and intricately pieced together problems that need to be unravelled slowly-but-surely, will be in their element. Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward comes across as a much darker-themed version of the Ace Attorney series with plenty of sprinkles from the point-and-click genre in general. If this demo's little insight into the main game is anything to go by, the 3DS adventure is going to be an essential purchase.

Also known as

Extreme Escape Adventure: Good People Die

Developer

Spike Chunsoft

Publisher

Rising Star

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

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Adam if you could feel my seething jealousy right now..!

This demo reminded me actually, Phi seems very similar to Santa. Maybe I'm just pulling at character design related straws, but I wonder if there's any connection..

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24 endings!!! How will I find time to get through them all?! Smilie

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The demo looked good... a future purchase for m, no doubt. Makes me regret not getting 999 right now (I must resist though, if I hope to get a Wii U ASAP, I need to save all the money I can)

Cubed3 Limited Staff :: Review and Feature Writer

Well, sadly my excitement was short-lived as I was sent the PSV version by accident...so my 3DS copy should arrive tomorrow, with any luck and I can finally dive into it properly.

999 is quite cheap on Amazon UK, Rudy... Smilie However, Wii U should take priority, I reckon, especially as you could always try 999 via 'other' methods to sample it Smilie

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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I don't think Amazon UK accepts Paypal unfortunately... I guess, AGAIN, i'm stuck because of lack of a credit card :/...

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RudyC3 said:
I don't think Amazon UK accepts Paypal unfortunately... I guess, AGAIN, i'm stuck because of lack of a credit card :/...
Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is still the case. I haven't really checked out the payment options on Amazon for a long time, back when I could only use Paypal it wasn't an accepted payment option. That was a couple of years ago, but I don't think they've added support for it yet, sadly.

Mush said:
RudyC3 said:
I don't think Amazon UK accepts Paypal unfortunately... I guess, AGAIN, i'm stuck because of lack of a credit card :/...
Yeah, I'm pretty sure this is still the case. I haven't really checked out the payment options on Amazon for a long time, back when I could only use Paypal it wasn't an accepted payment option. That was a couple of years ago, but I don't think they've added support for it yet, sadly.

Yeah, if you want 100% confirmation, since I literally just bought something off the site, I can tell you they don't use Paypal.

RudyC3 said:
I don't think Amazon UK accepts Paypal unfortunately... I guess, AGAIN, i'm stuck because of lack of a credit card :/...

Smilie I have sympathy for you Smilie That's a really awkward situation!

( Edited 23.11.2012 00:21 by Adam Riley )

Adam Riley [ Operations Director :: Senior Editor :: Cubed3 Limited ]
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Pity too, the ZombiU pack is at 360 or so € at the moment on Amazon.fr (so 290 or so pounds, or at least it was at that price until a few days back, but now it's back up to 389€, so 314£Smilie.

They're the cheapest online for that pack, as far as I know, and yet I can't buy from them... Prices for Wii U at local shops where I live are just insane :s...

Cubed3 Limited Staff :: Review and Feature Writer

Smilie Oh you got to be kidding! Point and click games are so lame cheers!

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