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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: 40 out of 52
  2. Negative: 4 out of 52
  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. May 5, 2021
    10
    Um jogo muito bom.
    Uma trilha sonora agradável que sempre marcam o momento.
    É um jogo meio presado por envolver assassinatos, além de ter
    Um jogo muito bom.
    Uma trilha sonora agradável que sempre marcam o momento.
    É um jogo meio presado por envolver assassinatos, além de ter cenas bem explícitas.
    Recomendo muito
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  3. Aug 16, 2020
    10
    Visual novel of the decade

    set the general standard for modern escape-esque games
  4. Jul 14, 2020
    8
    Not a bad game for this type of mystery type game.
    Just hope the first half don't drag and the free time is more utilize
  5. Nov 5, 2017
    8
    INTRO
    Before I start my review, I would like to say that this game deserves a 9 or 10 for its amazing story, but I am only able to give it an
    INTRO
    Before I start my review, I would like to say that this game deserves a 9 or 10 for its amazing story, but I am only able to give it an 8 because the game itself is just too ridiculously easy.

    Do not expect deep gameplay. The game starts off by fooling you into believing that it is an escape-the-room type of game, but in reality it is no more than a visual novel. Those who watch the anime or read the manga may enjoy this game more.

    STORY
    In essence, Danganronpa is a murder mystery series where a score of students find themselves kidnapped and locked securely inside a high school facility. A demonic teddy bear shows up to haunt them, claiming that the only way they'll be allowed to leave is if they murder someone. He provides them with motives to force them into committing murder, all for the sake of entertainment.

    Your role in the game is to follow through the story and solve the murders that take place. A trial is held after each murder to determine who the culprit is, and to "punish" them if they are found guilty.

    The game starts off somewhat boring and tedious to play through, but once you're halfway in, the story becomes suspenseful and really absorbs you into the game. The game really shines once you approach the climax, since that's the part of the game that compels you to like the series and to want to play the sequels.

    GAMEPLAY
    This game plays likes a point-and-click game where you explore to gather clues and talk to the other students to hear what they have to say. Everyday, you can spend some time with people and give them gifts to build up your relationship with them.

    For the most part, this game is a "left-click simulator." You're pretty much left-clicking 90% of the time. Luckily, the game provides an "Auto" feature which progresses through the dialogue automatically, so feel free to grab a snack or drink and watch as the plot unfolds automatically.

    After a murder takes place and a trial is held, the characters provide their opinions on the events that unraveled prior to the murder, and you try to find inconsistencies. Sometimes they are subtle and hard to detect, so you have to take a trial-and-error approach.

    Eventually, the students reach a verdict on who is guilty and then you play a mini-game where you put all the pieces of the puzzle together in order to summarize the events of the murder. It is the most interesting part of the game as it really tests your awareness of what happened throughout the act. You can't just luck through this part without at least a bit of thought.

    You are given unlimited attempts to beat the trial and plenty of time to do so. The ability to retry after failing is very forgiving since you simply continue from where you failed. I found this too easy and pointless, since if you can just try again, there's no reason to fail the player in the first place.

    Sometimes you may feel inclined to read a guide just to progress on parts that are just downright confusing. That's fine; do so. Don't waste too much time during the trial. Dragging on the trial will only frustrate you, and sometimes a solution makes no sense whatever, which will only waste your time guessing.

    "SCHOOL MODE"
    Building up relationships doesn't actually alter the plot, which is disappointing. All it rewards you is some background story for the character and a "star" for achievement purposes. You can do whatever you like with the relationships and it won't matter in the end since the script has been set in stone.

    In order to get all of the stars, you have to play "School Mode" after you've beaten the main game. It's essentially a mode that focuses on building relationships with all of the characters, none of which die in this mode. It's impossible to build up every single character's relationship in one playthrough, so you need to play it several times.

    It's a tedious game mode that doesn't involve any exploration or mystery solving, and the conversations are all repeats. It's an oversimplified dating sim that gets boring really quickly. Unless you absolutely loved some of the characters, I highly suggest skipping it and moving onto the next game. It's a mindless grind that takes several hours to complete.

    If I were to give this mode a rating, I'd have to give it a 3/10. It's a mindless waste of time.

    SUMMARY
    A murder mystery visual novel jam packed with story and dialogue and drawn in a unique style. What looks to be a simple game easily ends up giving you at least 20 hours of story as time flies by.

    The gameplay might not have been the greatest and had many cheesy childish moments, but the story was brilliant. School Mode was unfortunately mundane and unrewarding.

    I give this game a borderline 8 although the story probably deserves more. The voice acting in English was laughable, but the art has unique aesthetic value and the game is enjoyable when played without high expectations.
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  6. Nov 5, 2021
    8
    Danganronpa is a game that defies and exceeds the expectations of what a visual novel can be and it does this with violence and style.
  7. Oct 5, 2021
    0
    This game sucks so much I created an account just so I can vent on it!!! All that happens is some unlikable group of brats murder each otherThis game sucks so much I created an account just so I can vent on it!!! All that happens is some unlikable group of brats murder each other off and when you try to incover the mystery they just annoy you with some stupid sex joke that's not even funny!!!! This I'd a murder case not a high school debate what the heell is wrong with these idiots!!!!!! Expand

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