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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. Expand
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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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Mar 19, 2014
    80
    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: 20 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. May 4, 2015
    10
    If you're a fan of the Ace Attorney games or visual novels in general, then you'll love this game. The music and characters are great, as areIf you're a fan of the Ace Attorney games or visual novels in general, then you'll love this game. The music and characters are great, as are the cases and seeing as this game was developed by Chunsoft, makers of Zero Escape series, prepare for the twists and turns the story will take. Only issue with this game is that it is pretty easy at times. Other than that, one of the best Vita games to date. Expand
  2. May 25, 2015
    10
    Pros:
    Story
    Characters Music Cons: Difficulty can sometimes be a bit high, having to check online for the correct selection is kind of
    Pros:
    Story
    Characters
    Music

    Cons:
    Difficulty can sometimes be a bit high, having to check online for the correct selection is kind of lame
    Having to look online to figure out how to optimize free time is also lame, I would suggest playing without checking online first for a more immersive experience
    Playing the end game mini game many times for achievements can be a bit tedious
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  3. 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
  4. May 16, 2015
    9
    If anything, I was pleasantly surprised by this game. More accurately, interactive novel. I was surprised mostly because I usually find theseIf anything, I was pleasantly surprised by this game. More accurately, interactive novel. I was surprised mostly because I usually find these games a bit tedious and limp. But not this game. It had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. Allot of the mysteries are pretty straight forward, but there one or two genuine WTF moments that left me shocked. This is rare for me. But like I said before most of the mysteries were straight forward, even so, they were still fun.

    Visually it's alright, but using the colour pink to replace blood felt mostly needless as there is enough other disturbing imagery that the colour red wouldn't have changed much of the shock factor. If it is for artistic purposes, that I get, and is rather cool, but red would have been better. If it was to make it less graphic, then yeah, pointless. The only people it would offend would be those too immature to understand the game anyway. Aside from that some nice visuals, has the look and feel of a graphic novel.

    The trials were OK but got a tad repetitive, also felt like they took far to long to reach their conclusion. But even so, they were still allot of fun and had me guessing at a few points. A bit more variety would have been nice though.

    My biggest gripe is that the game follows a fixed story arc (the bad ending route doesn't count.) While the mystery is fun the first time round, it loses that intrigue upon subsequent play throughs. Don't get me wrong it's still fun, just not as fun as the first time.

    Overall:
    Dangan Ronpa is a deeply enjoyable game with a strong story and rich cast. However there is still room for improvement and it is a shame that the story is fixed as it could have been divine with multiple branching story arcs.
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  5. 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
  6. Nov 2, 2015
    8
    Not quite at 999 or VLR's level, but it is good and different enough from Zero Escape series that can hold its own as a visual novel. INot quite at 999 or VLR's level, but it is good and different enough from Zero Escape series that can hold its own as a visual novel. I enjoyed the story and characters a lot, the game play is quite simple but entertaining. The premise however felt quite cheesy? 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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