Spike Chunsoft?s Zero Time Dilemma has finally been unlocked on Steam and is now available for $39.99. This game is also a Zero Escape entry similar to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue?s Last Reward, which are known for their well-written characters and fatal trial-and-error approach to solving the game?s puzzles. The Zero Escape series is usually released on Nintendo and Sony handhelds and rarely on the PC platform. Here?s the link to the game?s Steam page.
For those not in the know, the Zero Escape series is some sort of Saw movie entry but with more emphasis on drama, interpersonal relations, and mystery-solving rather than horror and gore. The game?s characters are easily relatable, which players can easily get attached to, which works in conflict with the game?s puzzle-solving gameplay.
The game?s puzzles often has a character?s life in jeopardy, and players will have to resort to endless trial and error through repeated playthroughs for the right answer. Nevertheless, failing to save a character?s life still brings up a different timeline or a set of dialogue from the characters that?ll help you find the right answers on your next playthrough. More than different set of timelines, the game will also have different endings due to its branching storylines.
Zero Time Dilemma?s release on Steam might be due to Danganronpa?s overwhelmingly positive reception on Steam. Despite not being connected to the story, Spike Chunsoft developed both the Zero Escape and Danganronpa series. Perhaps Danganronpa?s positive reception helped the developers gauge the demand for their visual novels on the PC instead of handhelds. As seen on the first Danganronpa and Danganronpa 2?s pages, both have overwhelming positive reviews.
According to Gematsu, the first Zero Escape game, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, was teased to be ported to Steam soon. Due to Zero Time Dilemma?s characters? connection to the previous games, both fans and newcomers will be able to appreciate such release if they enjoyed Zero Time Dilemma. However, the second game, Virtue?s Last Reward, won?t be available on Steam, but fans can still show their support by buying both Zero Time Dilemma and Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.