PALETTE’s urban fantasy series reaches its conclusion in 9-nine-:Episode 4, a mystery visual novel now available on Steam and Denpasoft.
9-nine-:Episode 4 is the final entry in PALETTE’s urban fantasy visual novel series. The story takes place in the college town of Shiromitsugawa, where, following an earthquake, mysterious items with magical powers spread throughout the city, granting its citizens dangerous abilities that can easily be misused. Each episode of the series is a self-contained story, featuring a new heroine and exploring a different aspect of the mystery surrounding the magical items. While the developers say that this is true of the fourth episode as well, the narrative assumes that you’re aware of the previous entries. If you’d like to avoid spoilers, you can find out more about the first entry in the series here.
In 9-nine-:Episode 4, the story’s protagonist, Niimi Kakeru, has gained a better understanding of the powers he possesses and discovered that the artifact released in the wake of the earthquake that damaged the Shrine of the White Serpent comes from parallel worlds. He uses his powers to investigate several of these alternate realities, where he discovers the true mastermind behind the series' events thus far; however, in order to stop the mastermind, Niimi must enlist the aid of Noa Yuuki, a girl with a strong sense of justice from Kuho Girls’ Academy, whose abilities appear to be the key to defeating the mastermind.
9-nine-:Episode 4 features full Japanese voice acting, with the option to disable the protagonist’s voice, dual language options with text for Japanese, English, and Chinese languages, gallery modes for CGs, music, and movies, and animated artwork from the series’ artist, Izumi Tsubasu.
9-nine- takes place in the run-of-the-mill college town of Shiromitsugawa where an earthquake breaks a sacred artifact from the Shrine of the White Serpent, unleashing jewelry-like items that bestow their holder's special powers called "Artifacts" from a parallel world. When an incident involving a power that transcends human comprehension, Kakeru Niimi, our protagonist, investigates several branches (parallel worlds) in order to settle the matter.
With the mastermind finally revealed, Sophitia, otherworldly entity set to reclaim the Artifacts, tells him to defeat this person pulling the strings. The first day, the day that the festival was cancelled due to the earthquake back at the shrine—Kakeru is now equipped with memories from every branch and is on the move to solve this conflict.
Amidst this, a girl with a strong sense of justice from Kuho Girls Academy, Noa Yuuki, has an ability that seems to be the key to defeating the mastermind. Knowing this, Kakeru divulges about the events in other branches to her. All the while uncovering the secrets behind why the Artifacts come to this world, settling the scores with the Evil Eye's User, what will be the fate of these young men and women with otherworldly power at the fingertips?
9-nine-:Episode 4 is now available on Steam and Denpasoft for the promotional price of $17.99 until the 26th of March, at which point the game will cost $19.99. Adult content for the Steam version of the game has to be installed separately using a free patch available on Denpasoft.
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