Did You Enjoy Virtue’s Last Reward? You Might Like The Next Escape Trick

By Sato . May 1, 2013 . 4:00pm

D3Publisher, known for Earth Defense Force, have recently released the latest game in their Escape Trick series, in Escape Trick: The Five Dangerous, Secret Rooms for the Nintendo 3DS. In previous Escape Trick games, the player had to escape amusement parks, convenience stores and TV studios. This time something goes wrong at what was supposed to be a friendly get-together at a bar.


The story revolves around the main character, Kentaro Sagara, who goes out to on a friendly drink with his old college buddies. After sharing a pleasant time with his friends, the drinks get the best of him and causes him to fall asleep at the bar. Before he knew it, he wakes up to the cold feeling of concrete on his face, in what seemed to be some sort of a confined secret room…


His friends were nowhere in sight and Kentaro finds himself in a completely closed-off room with no windows. As he tries to shake off his pounding headache from the hangover, a mysterious voice is heard from a speaker:


“Congratulations, you’ve been chosen as the first player of my game. The rules are simple: you’re imprisoned in that room. You must now find a way to escape.”


While trying to grasp the situation, Kentaro tries to open the only door in the room. His attempts are quickly proven futile, as it seems to be firmly sealed. Upon further inspecting the iron door, he notices there aren’t any key holes on the door, but there’s some sort of sensor instead.


Forced by an unknown person, Kentaro must now participate in this game and find a way to escape without knowing anything that is going on. It’ll require him to face countless traps and puzzles, should he wish to ever leave the room. However, this won’t be the only dilemma Kentaro will be facing, as this is just a prologue in the form of a game, to a much bigger incident that is waiting to begin…


Similar to Spike Chunsoft’s  Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, you’ll need to utilize your keen observational skills to find your way out in Escape Trick: The Five Dangerous, Secret Rooms. It’ll require using the touch screen to solve various riddles and tricks that are scattered around the secret rooms. D3Publisher describes the game to be an orthodox “escape” game, with a mix of mind boggling story elements and attractive characters.


A lot of the puzzles will be solved using the memo function seen in the above image, which can be used to take notes for your puzzles and even take pictures.


The room may seem empty at first, but as you continue to observe and search around, you’ll come across various items. These items can also be synthesized together for a new use, which will be a key factor in finding your way out.


There are also achievements that can be acquired for meeting certain conditions. They can be viewed in a list of achievements and it also is said that there’s a nice little something that awaits players who finish the game with high achievement rates.


For players who are new to the genre, Escape Trick: The Five Dangerous, Secret Rooms offers a Beginner Mode, where Kentaro speaks his mind and provides hints on your current objective. In contrast, the Veteran Mode won’t provide any hints, leaving all the searching to the player.


Here’s a look at the characters:


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Kentaro Sagara and Sakura Shinohara


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Takashi Umeda and Shinji Hattori


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Masayuki Kawakubo and Kurumi Kasuka


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Daisuke and Yuri


Escape Trick: The Five Dangerous, Secret Rooms is currently available on the Japanese Nintendo 3DS eShop for 700 yen.


  • MAIN GIRL KAWAII, and she resembles june!!! enough reason to want it, localize!! stupid region lockkk whyyy!?

    • Taxes.

    • Herok♞

      I know it doesn’t help the issue but even without region lock this game wouldn’t be playable since it is a downloadable title so what you should be cursing is non physical media and the evils it brings.

      • Well, i download jpn games from jap psn and can play them in US vita, so is not like it is impossible T-T

        • Herok♞

          still Nintendo is slowly getting the point of accounts so it will still take some time

        • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

          It is impossible at the moment, 3DS units are hard-coded to their region.

          • It’s not impossible, especially at these days lol, everything is software now, especially something like a handled console, at the end, it probably is some bits that need to be changed to 0 or 1 inside of games, or from 3DS’s software

    • Because regions exist.

      • Say that to the ps3

        • Herok♞

          Persona 4 Arena already did

          • That wasnt the ps3, that was Atlus so japan wont start buying US ver. that was cheaper than jap ver. lol, ignorance is bliss eh?

        • Which region-locks Blu-Ray movies.

          • And PS1 games

          • Lol, just buy an all region blueray player if you wanna go hardcore in the world of movies, is not like you brought the ps3 for that, it’s just an add on that might be useful by the end of the day.

            Besides, im talking about games, ps3 is the most region free of the current generation that exists, multiple psn accounts system in it is really useful too, so sad about vita’s turn of events

  • hunterslasher13

    If like VLR it was also available on vita if this game is localized then I would probably buy it. If not then I’ll probably forget about it then.

  • benhofb

    Woah… This has a SERIOUS Zero Escape vibe with the whole announcer “inviting” you to play a game. Even the rooms look like they were taken straight from VLR. Hmm…

  • Aristides


  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    This opens the possibilites for more spinoffs like.. Shame’s Last Reward? It’s about 5 guys in the toilets and turns out they’re out of toilet paper, they can’t get out and if someone gets out and gets the paper they die of dysentery.

    • revenent hell

      I found this funny…Probably because I’m not a fan of the game(s)

      The artwork was off putting to me so I never bothered with them but here I quite like the character designs so if this gets localized I’d definitely buy it day one….as long as no characters end up in a golden necklace that hides their nipples. :D

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        The artwork isn’t bad at all or that different from many visual novels or even Devil Survivor.

        And I can assure you that the ESRB wouldn’t allow that golden necklace thing :P

        • revenent hell

          Lol I was referencing Alice from Virtues Last Reward. While its not the worst I have seen in games I just found her design not terribly good…. Well, I didn’t really like any of the character designs so that’s not saying much.
          I did like the story/game play aspects of the Zero Escape games but I’m fickle and like pretty things so fickle won over gameplay/story for a change (and this NEVER happens with me, I’m always story over anything, so that tells you how bad I though the art style was)
          But this particular game seems to have everything I enjoy in it so definitely I’d buy it in a split second.
          I really hope someone does localize it, I think it would be a shame not to.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            I only played 999 so I had no idea who she was. Now that I’ve google it I can see why you’d have problems with that character. Just how heavy is her necklace to actually stay put in that spot?!

          • komiko12

            I thought Alice’s design looks nice if you look at it from afar and not focusing on her golden necklace.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            But it’s so big!

          • MrSirFeatherFang

            Yes.. I know. Alice’s installer port is located on her back. Apply the life extending agent to her back, and insert it all the way.

            Don’t worry. It’ll be absorbed into her body. It won’t scar her. Hurry up, but be gentle.

          • Juan Andrés Valencia

            Oh Ar Tonelico, you are the living proof that the ESRB falls asleep at times and slaps a T rating instead of an EA for extreme awkwardness.

  • Zoozbuh

    …Yeah I would LOVE this game, it looks perfect and right up my street!! Where do I buy i———— OH. It’s in Japanese. And will probably never be localised… WHY, CRUEL FATE?!?! T____T

  • $29082171

    Is this like those old flash-based ”escape the room” games but with actual characters?

    • AlexanderPappas

      Play 999 now. That is all I have to say on this issue.

  • gquain

    hm, Escape Trick and Zero Escape.
    Man, these games really shine on handhelds these days

  • cloudcaelum

    I’m still crying about Virtue’s Last Reward. :(

  • No9

    As fun as this game looks, the biggest reason 999 and VLR were great games was because of the storyline attached to the basic premise. Unless the storyline attached to this game is great, I can’t see this being anything more than a time killer.

    • That’s the point of D3’s Simple series—to be low-priced, time killer games. That’s why this is an eShop title. The Simple series has been running for ages, actually. Oneechanbara was part of it, too. There’s a partial list of the stuff they’ve developed under the “Simple” label on Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/103SjW8

      • No9

        Well then that makes a lot of sense. It’s still a shame it’ll never be released here. :(

      • komiko12

        Eh.. I hope there would be some kind of plot here. I don’t want the plot wherein characters are there just for the sake of being there.

      • Göran Isacson

        Ah, so it’s kind of like “999 lite”, for the people looking to Saw on the go without getting too disturbed/engaged?

  • I can’t even do the demo for VLR! I really want to get into it too as it looks really nice.

  • JohnNiles

    *eyes the cast* Trust no one.

    • komiko12

      Because of 999 and VLR, I feel that this cast looks bland in comparison.

      • JohnNiles

        Don’t worry, I’m sure one of these nice people will volunteer to give you the “axe treatment”.

        Eenie meenie miney mo…

  • s07195

    Which reminds me, is there some sort of trick to solving these ‘escape the room’ type games? They sound really fun in concept, but usually I can’t solve more than one or two of the puzzles before giving up… taking notes, maybe? :S

    • Kelohmello

      It’s a matter of finding where it starts and moving step by step from there. Every escape puzzle has a starting point that guides to another step based on natural/logical conclusions. A will lead to B, B will lead to C, etc.

  • 愛憎

    Abusing the morphogenetic field to get into other games? That’s just rude of you, Junpei and June!

    • DyLaN

      Kentaro looks more like a mix of Sigma+Junpei to me.

  • How do these guys think of such devious puzzles?

  • DyLaN

    ………I can’t be the only one who thought of Clover when I saw Kurumi right? >_> I don’t trust her.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    New art style?

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