Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    If you're going to spend the $20 on Corpse Party, it is very important to know what you're getting into. This is not a "game," but an interactive novel with video game elements that, for the most part, aren't very good. You will get frustrated and lost a few times, but if you stick with it and keep a cool head, Corpse Party will reward you with an unsettling story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The game doesn't shy away from violence so be prepared to sit through some really disturbing and uncomfortable moments.
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    Corpse Party proves that a minimalistic approach can get some of the best results when it comes to horror. If a little blood gets you weak in the knees, this game is not for you.
  3. 80
    Let yourself be drawn into Corpse Party and you will find japanese horror in its purest form. A haunting, cruel and tragic ghost story for the connoisseur. Only rarely pixels this large haven been this disturbing.
  4. Jan 5, 2012
    Corpse Party is often too rigid in its ways, requiring players to examine objects several times, occasionally in a very specific order – a problem exacerbated by a structure that locks out later chapters until the correct ending to the previous episode has been found. Some wrong (in every sense) endings are worth seeing once, but repeat plays of scenarios dilute the tension the studio takes such pains to build.
  5. Jan 3, 2012
    While not fantastic in terms of gameplay, Corpse Party shines as a journey in surviving a world of disturbing horror.
  6. Jan 3, 2012
    If you own a PSP at all and love a good horror story then I absolutely recommend getting Corpse Party from the PlayStation Network.
  7. Dec 30, 2011
    When you're following the narrow path the designers expect you to walk down, Corpse Party is one of the scariest portable games you can buy. Yet, failure to do so demands you re-play massive chunks of content you've already seen, significantly diminishing its appeal.
  8. Dec 21, 2011
    If you fancy embarking on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs in the emotion department, this is certainly worth the asking price. It's a definite purchase for fans of horror games and/or visual novels, but I think that should you have a PSP and aren't against buying one of the top games I've had the pleasure of playing this year, you really should try it out.
  9. Dec 19, 2011
    Corpse Party has a lot in common with fully interactive point-and-click games. The tone, storytelling and characters make what could have been a plodding experience, truly memorable. It's wonderful that XSeed has brought this over and, hopefully, will do well enough to encourage more of these unique titles to make a North American appearance.
  10. Dec 16, 2011
    Team GrisGris delivers a chilling experience that is not to be found on any other handheld, though its graphical appearance is outdated. Corpse Party is one of those games that you should own if you're looking for a different experience than former 'horror-stories' that we've tried so far on PSP.
  11. Dec 7, 2011
    Gamers with a weak stomach or lack of patience should stay away from the cursed grounds of Heavenly Host Elementary, but if you have an appreciation for gory splatterfests from the theaters, this is one forbidden ancient ritual that you should take part in.
  12. Dec 5, 2011
    While Team GrisGris clearly has a deficiency in game design, they should be commended for their ability to surprise and disgust with the most limited of assets.
  13. Dec 5, 2011
    Lamentations over wasted time come easily when you consider the unexpected deaths, but the powerful last words of the narrative reminded me of Corpse Party's chilling highlights. Instances of fear and melancholy occur with startling frequency.
  14. Dec 4, 2011
    Corpse Party is good at setting an unnerving scene, which is even more impressive considering how silly it looks.
  15. Dec 2, 2011
    Despite its minor issues, Corpse Party should be played by those looking for a unique, chilling experience – there's really nothing out there like it right now.
  16. Nov 30, 2011
    Terrifying moments make Corpse Party a get-together worth attending.
  17. games(TM)
    Jan 29, 2012
    It's extremely rare that a game would be better with less gameplay. [Issue#118, p.113]
  18. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Jan 6, 2012
    As a game, it's abo - game ever, please try again. [Jan 2012, p.86]

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2011
#8 Most Shared PSP Game of 2011
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 76
  2. Negative: 6 out of 76
  1. Nov 23, 2011
    Amazing game, don't be fooled by the anime appearance.
    This is a true horror game through and through.
    As long as you like survival horror,
    Amazing game, don't be fooled by the anime appearance.
    This is a true horror game through and through.
    As long as you like survival horror, give this game a try.
    A must have title for psp owners.
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  2. Feb 10, 2014
    Corpse Party - I saw a reference to this game on STEAM and decided to give it a go. After looking online I managed to find the website for theCorpse Party - I saw a reference to this game on STEAM and decided to give it a go. After looking online I managed to find the website for the game and was able to investigate a little bit more into the game. More importantly the original Corpse Party was actually designed in RPG Maker in the 90's and it's glaring problems are a direct result of that, namely poor writing, bad design and complete lack of game-play.

    I want to be perfectly clear, the website that advertises Corpse Party is incredibly misleading. In it, the game gives you the feeling that it is more of a gruesome, survival horror, adventure, RPG game. Further is misleads people by advertising features such as constantly changing paths, maps or branches of the school.

    The entire game is incredibly static. Do not expect the maps to shift or change on you at any given time. The only time the maps are even remotely altered is when a plot device requires it and even then, the most the maps do is simply redirect your routes, nothing more.

    Beyond that, don't let the idea of having an inventory, save system or even "HP" fool you, this game is the furthest thing from a RPG you'll ever get. It is more of an interactive novel, much like a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' book.

    The problem is, the game is far too much like those books, in the fact you can expect and most likely will experience completely unfair and unannounced deaths that are in no way the fault of player in any sense. Stupid, thoughtless death traps that give no indicators at all are scattered throughout the game, forcing you to start over.

    Speaking of starting over, the save system is fairly limited, few and far between. Expect to be back tracking a lot to save once you understand how annoying and long winded this game is. It wouldn't be so bad if you could just pick up from where you last left off, but when a death sequence takes several minutes to get through and you repeat it several times, it gets frustrating beyond belief.

    There are no in game animations, almost everything is completely static besides character animations and even then, they are stiff and lifeless. The game suffers from an incredible lack of details, which can be especially bad when considering you are dealing with a survival horror adventure game. The game advertises itself as being incredibly gory and gruesome, but that is simply not true.

    Even when considering this as a visual novel, it barely even passes. A lot of the time, writing is dry, long winded and annoying. More often then not, you'll find yourself simply mashing on the 'X' button of your PSP simply so you can get through their bull crap.

    What really sucks is, I've been given the impression that the original 90's version of Corpse Party actually has more game-play and RPG elements then the PSP version. How the hell did that happen?
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  3. Feb 25, 2013
    Simple graphics with a great story really makes a difference. That's all i'm going to say.

    What? You want me to say something else?
    Simple graphics with a great story really makes a difference. That's all i'm going to say.

    What? You want me to say something else? Okay, umm.......If I was to beat someone with a dictionary is it a psychical or verbal assault? There, that'll keep you occupied for a little while.
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