What Is It?
Don’t let the anime aesthetic turn you away. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is one of the trippiest games you’ll play on Steam this year, if you haven’t already experienced it on the PSP or PS Vita.
Gameplay-wise, Danganronpa is part murder mystery, part social simulator, and part visual novel. You’ll take control of protagonist Makoto Naegi, also known as the Ultimate Lucky Student, as you spend time with your fellow elite classmates and solve deadly class trials whenever a beloved classmate murders one of your own.
I also like to describe Danganronpa as Ace Attorney on acid, with the occasional splash of trance music. Each time one of your classmates is found dead, you’ll have a short amount of time to scour the school for evidence that might point you to the culprit. After some time, the evil headmaster Monokuma will bring all of you to the courtroom, where one of you will be identified as the culprit. These courtroom sequences are presented with extreme rotating camera angles, loud pulsing music, and even the occasional rhythm game, because what better way to keep you on the edge of your seat as you look for the truth?
Lastly, in Danganronpa, you must accept your fate and bow down to the almighty Monokuma. He is your master now, and there is no other way.