Zero Escape Director Says Nice Things About Bandersnatch, but Criticizes Lack of Romance

If one series pushed the adventure genre to new levels of popularity in Japan and then in the west, it would be the Zero Escape trilogy. Based on the player’s choices they can see their way through to the end, but depending on the player, the outcome could be different. Evidently, series director Kotaro Uchikoshi saw a lot of what he put in Zero Escape in the new Netflix mini-series Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

In the episode, viewers interact with the media and make choices which determines the outcome of the narrative. Uchikoshi-san took to his personal Twitter to praise the episode along with giving it a few points of criticism. Be aware that there are a couple spoilers in his tweets, but they are marked as such.


In terms of criticism, the director points out that it’s a shame that there are no girls in the episode. He follows up with his stance on the subject by saying that adding a love interest in the story is difficult to include in an adventure game, but that’s why he does it, “If you want to make it, you should remember this word. ‘Look Door, Get Key and Fall in Love.'”

Here’s where the spoilers come in as Uchikoshi-san talks about key scenes in the episode:

He concludes his thread of tweets by saying, “However if I would give a score to Bandersnatch, of course it is 5/5! Bandersnatch is really amazing work that makes us feel the arrival of the next generation drama. If you are a fan of adventure games, I will recommend you to watch it.” and adding, “And if you are a producer of streaming video service, and interested in some stories like Bandersnatch, please call us TooKyo Games! We are professionals of making adventure games. Thank you!”

Currently, Uchikoshi-san is working on his upcoming game AI: The Somnium Files in development for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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