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  • Summary: Fifteen super-elite students have been locked in the school and they are forced to live in this isolated community. There is a special rule for the students: only murderers can graduate from the school, and this rule turns the prosperous school into the despairing place. The protagonist,Fifteen super-elite students have been locked in the school and they are forced to live in this isolated community. There is a special rule for the students: only murderers can graduate from the school, and this rule turns the prosperous school into the despairing place. The protagonist, however, does not follow this rule. He investigates murders instead of murdering somebody and tries to figure out a way to escape from the school. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. 100
    At its core, Danganronpa is a melting pot of various philosophical puzzles that pulls together in such a way that it connected with me on a very deep, very real level. Without giving the ending away, the ultimate fate of all the characters (including Monokuma) left me more than a little shaken, and any game that's able to connect with me at that kind of primal level must be worth the investment.
  2. Feb 10, 2014
    90
    Games of this ilk are rarely for everyone, but this is a unique experience that really stands out – even in the Vita’s burgeoning library.
  3. Mar 12, 2014
    85
    Hope and despair, friendship and betrayal, Danganropa plays with those concepts in a superb way, developing a mystery visual novel full of fantastic characters and an intense plot that will glue the Vita to your hands.
  4. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    Danganronpa is an excellent adventure with a story that celebrates the human spirit, even during the darkest times, and that optimistic viewpoint made me smile even when everything seemed to be going wrong.
  5. The niche this mad gun’s aimed at should get this immediately. Everyone else: run. [April 2014, p81]
  6. Feb 20, 2014
    80
    Visual novels do not have a widespread audience, although Danganronpa is one of the most enjoyable we had the chance to play thanks to some well designed minigames which make the experience much more interesting.
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    45
    It's a good idea from NIS America to widen access to visual novels out of Japan, as long as they make good decisions. And they don't. The publisher has maybe chosen something too spooky for the Western players. Only translated in English, DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc definitely forgets some who don't want to play 30 hours like that. The others could be interested in the crazy story but it's far too slow. Players have to read lines and lines of discussion before reaching, at last, a gameplay scene. And don't expect the visuals, in bad taste, to enhanced this not so good assessment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Feb 13, 2014
    10
    I'll admit I wasn't as hyped for this when it got announced I just didn't get it or know what the hell the game was like. I watched the animeI'll admit I wasn't as hyped for this when it got announced I just didn't get it or know what the hell the game was like. I watched the anime which I found out was rushed and after finally playing this game for 4 hours straight I really wish I never watched the anime. This game is just that good and the anime kinda spoiled it. This game is unlike any game you've played before. It's similar to ace attorney and virtues las reward and even has some persona elements such as social links. The game is a mystery psychological horror with so many twists and turns and characters you will come to care about. The story is fantastic as well. The plot revolves around 15 kids all who get accepted into this strange school where the student has to "graduate" by killing someone without being caught. It's a wildly emotional and depressing and even downright sad ride at some points. The gameplay is unique and similar to ace attorney in a way. It's hard to describe and better if you are it for yourself. Now I want to cut this review short because I NEED to get back to the game continue the story just know that this game is well worth your time and is one of the best games for vita....period Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2014
    10
    As a long-term Ace Attorney and Zero Escape fan,I can say that while it resembles both games way too much,Danganronpa is not only an overallAs a long-term Ace Attorney and Zero Escape fan,I can say that while it resembles both games way too much,Danganronpa is not only an overall amazing game but it's also an unique experience on its own. Expand
  3. Feb 12, 2014
    10
    The most unique adventure you'll probably experience, a battle between Hope and Despair like no other, once you start playing it'll be toughThe most unique adventure you'll probably experience, a battle between Hope and Despair like no other, once you start playing it'll be tough to stop. Definitely. one of the Vita's best games! Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2014
    9
    I absolutely loved this game. It feels VERY similar to Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, and that's my all time favorite game so I'm happy.I absolutely loved this game. It feels VERY similar to Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, and that's my all time favorite game so I'm happy. Issue is I wish they didn't have such awfully generic characters. I mean good god are they generic. But still, solid story. The trial is fun to go through, but many times annoying. A rhythm game to shut someone up? Really? Purple text you have to shoot down to memorize something then replay it again to shoot that memorized phrase at an earlier statement? Oh those were frustrating. Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2015
    9
    This will be an honest review from an adult.
    I will tell you my top 3 favorite games so that you will know my taste in video games.
    Disgea
    This will be an honest review from an adult.
    I will tell you my top 3 favorite games so that you will know my taste in video games.
    Disgea series
    Fire emblem series
    Atelier series, (only the arland series, not the dusk series)

    When I first decided to write a review for this game, I thought I would compare it to 999 or virtues last reward, but decided that danganronpa isn't similar enough to 999 or vlr to compare. They are both mystery based visual novel type games, but aside from that, they are quiet different.

    I'll start with the good points of this game.
    Graphics and illustrations are good.
    Every character is unique
    A world that pulls you in as much as the story does.
    The music is great.
    Great voice acting and it's voiced most of the time.
    A unusual game with an unusual feel to it, that only danganronpa can give you.

    The bad points of this game.
    The class trials are a part of this game that consist of mini games and trying to figure out how to prove someone wrong by using a statement against another statement that reveals the truth. Danganronpa kept throwing new things at you every class trial. An attempt to keep things fresh. It still got stale though after the first few trials. You also have to assemble a magna showing how the events unfolded in order. This was probably the most difficult part because the pictures could be miscomprehended. This was my biggest gripe about this game. Also, get ready for a cliff hanger ending. I'm not sure if danganronpa 2 answers this cliff hanger as I've just started playing it. Let's hope so.
    Also, pink blood. Didn't care for it for myself. Definently took out some of the edge and creepiness that I was expecting from this game. Danganronpa 2 has pink blood as well but you can get past this. Just disappointing at first.

    This is nonetheless a great game and I would recommend it. Also, it has girls in underwear and a bath scene for those that are interested in that aspect of that game. Didn't unlock the bath scene myself and I think it's rather difficult to unlock.
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  6. Feb 19, 2014
    8
    Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fun point and click game with a murder mystery plot that is very similar the Zero Escape games NineDanganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fun point and click game with a murder mystery plot that is very similar the Zero Escape games Nine hours Nine Persons Nine doors and Virtues Last Reward. Although the game is not for everyone, If you enjoy games like Professor Layton, Phoenix wright or the earlier mentioned Zero Escape Series, I'm sure you will find something to like In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. Expand
  7. Jun 22, 2015
    0
    Story: 10/10, Gameplay experience: 1/10.
    While the game has amazing story and nice characters it completely fails with the worst gameplay I
    Story: 10/10, Gameplay experience: 1/10.
    While the game has amazing story and nice characters it completely fails with the worst gameplay I experienced in a while: all those cheap arcade puzzles not only get in the way, but distract and annoy to the level you could want to smash your console. Translation has some problems as well - so now and than it's easier to open the guide than apply sense to the next phrase puzzle.
    And that's sad, because aside of disgusting arcade elements the game delivers a lot of fun, story, characters and plot twists :/
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