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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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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. CD-Action
    May 30, 2016
    90
    Trigger Happy Havoc is an unsettling journey, an absorbing moral dilemma and a brilliant, tangled criminal story. [05/2016, p.60]
  2. Feb 18, 2016
    90
    Don’t be turned away by its linearity, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is one of the best visual novels you’ll play.
  3. Feb 18, 2016
    86
    A brilliantly funny, disturbing, and entertaining visual novel, but the lack of interaction won't appeal to everyone.
  4. Feb 22, 2016
    80
    Don’t let the name or presentation put you off: this is an impressive piece of interactive storytelling that gets more right than most other games with 10 times its budget.
  5. Mar 29, 2016
    80
    Successful detective novel has finally found its way to PC from the handheld zone and any enthusiasts of well-narrated stories shouldn´t definitely miss it.
  6. 80
    If you're keen for one of the suspenseful thrillers manageable with just images and text, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc comes highly recommended.
  7. Jul 10, 2017
    70
    Danganronpa may not score highly with its excessive menagerie of gameplay mechanics, but if you’re morbidly curious and want to indulge your darker side, this unique visual novel adventure gets a solid passing grade.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Mar 28, 2016
    10
    Awesome game if you're a fan of visual novels such as the Ace Attorney series, with which it has quite a few similarities. With visual novels,Awesome game if you're a fan of visual novels such as the Ace Attorney series, with which it has quite a few similarities. With visual novels, emphasis has to be placed on the atmosphere, characters and story, not gameplay and this game delivers in that regard. The plot twists are great too with a pretty unforgettable story and cast. And I'm not even a fan of anime but this game may have helped convert me. Expand
  2. Apr 15, 2020
    10
    The most well rounded game in the series. No annoying mini games, strong characters, emotional moments, a solid plot and charming dialogue. AsThe most well rounded game in the series. No annoying mini games, strong characters, emotional moments, a solid plot and charming dialogue. As someone who generally doesn't care for visual novels or anime, this was a really fun time. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2020
    10
    You MUST play it even if you don't like anime.
    It's more then just that. It's a freakin masterpiece. Trust me, you don't wanna miss this opportunity.
  4. Jun 14, 2018
    8
    I'm not a fan of visual novels at all, but dang is this game something special. For about 4 days this game was all I did in my spare time. TheI'm not a fan of visual novels at all, but dang is this game something special. For about 4 days this game was all I did in my spare time. The cases are all pretty interesting and the characters are likeable and intriguing. The ending was a little 'eh' in my opinion, but we have a sequel so it's all good.

    I've seen a few complaints that "you already know you're gonna live because the game's linear, so it's not really worth playing". There's more to it than just 'your' survival and not everyone in the game will necessarily die (or live). There are many plot-twists worth playing for, and these are further expounded on in DR2.
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  5. Jul 16, 2016
    8
    This is my first time writing a review so please excuse anything that reflects that. I purchased this game on Steam during the summer saleThis is my first time writing a review so please excuse anything that reflects that. I purchased this game on Steam during the summer sale after hearing good things about it on Vita and reading some Steam reviews. I was not disappointed and I really enjoyed this game. It is just a really unique experience unlike anything that I have played before. There are points where I was shocked by what was going on and throughout the game I was trying to figure out what was happening. Just when I thought I knew what was going on I would find out that I was completely wrong. The game has a school life, courtroom and investigation aspect along with a bit of building relationships with your classmates. I would have loved to have seen the relationship building and interacting with your classmates fleshed out a bit more. The game ran really well for me with no performance issues and kept me invested in it the entire time. when I finished the game I had around 36 hours in game so it's pretty good length wise as well. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and look forward to playing the 2nd game. Expand
  6. May 12, 2020
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The class trials are the best part about the game. The investigations felt more like a chore though. Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2019
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I liked the idea of the story, but I can't recommend this visual novel game hybrid.

    You never identify with the main protagonist, because he is unbelievable dense – even with most obvious no-brainers, Matoko begins an monologue about how he does not understand anything of this. Also he is asking others that give them tons of hints and he still understands zero. And as a player you can just facepalm and try to endure it, since the game gives you no chance to intervene and actually investigate and solve. The pace of the whole investigation is completely predefined, in fact everything is predefined, except the stupid walking around and annoying minigames. As a player you have no real power. You do not really controll the main protagonist, you just push some buttons when the game allows you. You have to bear with it. Okay you can skip dialogue but think about Case 1. I assume 99% of the players got the hint the moment they looked at it. LEON. Another second later everyone realised Sayaka wrote it with her healthy hand while leaning at the wall dying with her own blood. But Makoto doesn't get it. He just does not get it. Even he talks to himself like an idiot again 11037 and even after talking to other persons and speaking the numbers loud out he still does not get it. It takes till the trial is already over, when this airhead suddenly shouts like an idiot "I GOT IT!" like he always does when everyone else is already facepalming for a whole bloody week.

    Every single character is retarded, not only the main protagonist, albeit he is a very special one. With maybe only one exception, which would be Kyoko Kirigiri.

    Why can't I play as her? She at least has some brain and she is at least interesting, unlike Makoto! Let me solve the puzzles the pace I want! Do they think the audience is THAT dumb? I mean I can understand they wanted to make EVERYONE understand it and tried to make NPCs look smart, but you can achieve this without making the main protagonist the second most slow-witted on earth – Yasuhiro is even more dumb…

    Also the mini-games they are just unnecessary and feel out of place. You have this argument since an hour, but now you have to do some music games and shooting words, when you already know the argument. Just let me say it!

    That leads to the next point the mood. The game wants to be that mysterious crime visual novel, but same time presents itself like a corny murderous carnival show full of one-dimensional characters, nullities as motives of murder (with Sakura as an exception), and some misplaced "friendship" kind of dating sim where you buy friendship with presents…

    The suspension of disbelief doesn't work in this game. For example Sakura just died and the trial is over. It was suicide as we have come to know, then the annoying bear destroys a laptop and suddenly everyone, especially that wimp Makoto begin to cry about their laptop-friend. A computer program. A REAL PERSON just died – Sakura – but a computer program written by Chihiro is suddenly the reason all start to break in tears? What the heck?

    Am I the only one who think that would be the greatest way to piss on Sakura's and Chihiro's grave the same time. Chihiro is dead. That laptop is not Chihiro, it is not human, it is a program. But Sakura is a human, that just died, and was your friend. HOw about crying for Sakura instead of laptop? But NO! This is japanese logic. Makoto is crying an hour more.

    What sucks as well is that you can't mute the music, since the tracks are limited and get boring very quickly. You can't hide the BGM radio icon, nor mute the "emotional voicelines" that replace the silence when there is no voice-over. It's just annoying after some time. So you have to mute through windows sound mixer.

    The gameplay elements are totally disconnected from the story and make no sense.
    The story is 100% linear with no real choice for the player.

    If you like games with choices where the story is embedded cleverly into the gameplay or vice versa, then this game will be a disappointment.

    I gave one point because of Kyoko Kirigiri, the only really interesting and half-way reasonable person in this whole game and because the idea is actually really nice, but the execution is just a double-facepalm. Okay another point for the idea but thats it.

    The thing is you can enjoy this game if you generally have no problem with anime like characters that overacting and behave cheesy all the time. If you have no problem with getting handholded, since this game handholds you 100% without leaving you room for own choices. And if you can see beside the misplaced minigames, THEN you can enjoy this game. Otherwise better avoid.

    The critic sounds more harsh than it is meant to be, and sometimes the potential shines really through, but I can't overlook the tons of in my opinion wrong gamedesign decisions and the blatant ludonarrative dissonance that oozes out of every corner from this game.
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