Aksys Games has announced that it's bringing 999: The Novel to iOS next week. The game is a modified version of the DS title 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors.

999: The Novel removes the escape puzzles from the original release (which was a predecessor to Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward), and adds new character art and tools to more easily track readers' progress. In the game, players advance the story by selecting from a series of potential doors and picking one of nine companions to accompany them on the other side. As you can imagine, there are multiple ways the story can ultimately play out, and a large portion of the experience centers around seeing every permutation.

The game should be arriving on the iOS app store on March 17.

[Source: Aksys Games via Joystiq]


Our Take
I would have preferred seeing the puzzles included, but rendered optional, rather than eliminating them altogether. We'll have to see if the story holds up without the added pressure that came with these tricky diversions.