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Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc by Aisha Anime

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Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Localisation: Nis

Platform: Playstation Vita

Genre: Adventure, Puzzle, Visual Novel

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder mystery visual novel developed and published by Spike Chunsoft and the first game in the Danganronpa series following the successful anime series. The game was originally released in Japan for the PSP in 2010 then iOS and Android devices.


Monokuma telling it how it is.

Monokuma telling it how it is.

Danganronpa follows the anime story-line, set in an elite high school called Hope's Peak Academy which accepts talented "Ultimate" students or a few students at random. Makoto Naegi, is one of those ‘randoms’ an average student. However upon arriving he loses consciousness and wakes up locked inside the school, suddenly this doesn’t seem like a ‘ultimate luskuy raffle’ as described.  After wondering around the premises he meets the Ultimate students who are in pretty much the same situation as him. It is there the signature Japanese torture device is introduced a sadistic remote-controlled bear named Monokuma is calling the shots and frankly he isn’t a very cuddly bear. He explains the only way to escape the academy...alive is to graduate, sounds easy enough. Well actually in order to graduate you need to murder another student and get caught!

fellow students 

fellow students 

When a murder occurs, a "class trial" is initiate where you must determine who the killer is. In a place where anyone could be a victim or the killer, who do you trust? It’s up to our protagonist Makoto to survive these class trials and solve the true mysteries of this messed up Academy. During the investigations, Makoto receives assistance from Kyoko Kirigiri, a mysterious girl with no amnesia, but possessing keen observational and deductive skills. This game reminded me so much of Phoenix Wright but more dark.  

Monokuma instigates further strife by direct manipulation, threatening students' families, threatening to reveal embarrassing secrets. As much as he’s the villain he is the star of the show and I feel a comparison to Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last reward – I totally prefer Monokuma to Zero the physco rabbit.

Gameplay is similar in style to the Ace Attorney series, revolving around investigation and finding contradictions, but with faster gameplay and great animations. Each chapter features two styles of gameplay; School Life, in which the player explores the academy and progresses through the story, and the Class Trials, where the player must deduce the culprit of a crime. If you hate reading alot of text then best to walk away from this game. Pheonic Wright was frustrating but I enjoyed the mixed aspect in Professor Layton x Pheonix Wright which is a very similar game in mechanics just no puzzles !

During School Life, the player can explore the school grounds in first-person perspective, with more areas of the academy becoming available as the game progresses, had a bit of dungeon crawler feel, at least we didn’t have to map everything out like in Ertian Odessey.  When you’re in a room you can move the crosshair  on a character to initiate a conversations , once the cross hair is on them they jump which never failed to amuse me.  Examining certain objects can get you Monokuma Medals, to use in the gatchapon machine in the school shop, yes I loved this feature!

Hover the crosshair over people to talk to them, don't be shy, they won't kill you...yet

Hover the crosshair over people to talk to them, don't be shy, they won't kill you...yet

School Life is actually consists of sections; "Daily Life" and "Deadly Life". In the Daily Life section – you can do the usual exploring, conversing with characters and trigger the next part of plot.You can hang out with specific characters and bribe them with presents, to gain more information about them and unlocks various Skills. This changes to Deadly Life whe  a crime scene is discovered, the player now must search for. Evidence and testimonies gathered are stored in the player's e-Handbook, where players can also save their game. This is all important for the Class Trial.

Quick someone slap him !

Quick someone slap him !

The bulk of the game revolves around Class where students must discuss who they believe the culprit is. Class Trials consist of four main styles of gameplay: Nonstop Debate, Hangman's Gambit, Bullet Time Battle and Closing Argument. Closing Argument is usually a puzzle where you piece together a comic strip depicting the crime in motion. Yes there is some Professor Layton love in it, but not enough to make me hurl my Vita against the wall.

On the Vita we are also given an exclusive 'School Life' mode which unlocked after clearing the game once. Monokuma  reigns in this ‘What if’ mode burdening  the students with the task of building several backup units of himself. Each day, the player assigns students to scavenge rooms for necessary materials needed to build each concept.  During Free Time, players can either hang out with the other students to unlock skills, like in the main game, or use Trip Tickets earned from completed concepts to take them on trips. I Wonder if we can go to the beach? Everyone loves the beach!

Lovely character art: meet Clestia Wdenberg, not very Japanese?

Lovely character art: meet Clestia Wdenberg, not very Japanese?

The Vita was the perfect platform for this game utelising the sharp graphics and features high resolution graphics and even optional touchscreen controls – the game is a work of art. It is polished and you get the overall dark sinister feel of the game. At the same time the voice acting is superb. This is  not for someone who wants actions alone, this is very text based with lots of beautiful animation. 

I rate it a well deserved 9/10

Monokuma knows how to get our attention

Monokuma knows how to get our attention

Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney by Aisha Anime

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Publisher: Level-5 and Nintendo

Developer: Capcom

Platform: 3DS

Genre: JRPG/puzzle

Price: currently £29.86

Rating: 4/5

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Nintendo bring us the best of both worlds in pocket gaming. This is a crossover of RPG with tons of joint-developed by Level-5 and Capcom and published by Level-5 for the Nintendo 3DS bringing us our favourite characters in a new environment. You can see from the intro that Level-5's Professor Layton puzzle series has the foundation with  Capcom's Ace Attorney characters adding some spice to the story.

The strangest thing for me was to see two different characters designs living in the same world, simplistic art of Professor Layton characters interacting full anime style characters from Pheonix Wright. However the story is completely independent of both games, the characters are drawn into the world of Labyrinthia.

After a strangers appears at the Professor’s door with a letter from one of his students Carmine, he is compelled to help the damsel Espella in her quest to prove she is not a witch. Enter Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey flying over to London for a Law exchange where he randomly asked to represent the same girl but in different attire and acting very peculiar.

The game has two main styles of gameplay, adventure rpg and Witch Trial, which feature elements from the Professor Layton and Ace Attorney however both groups of characters get involved.

This reminds me of a puzzle!

During the adventure segments you can explore areas, converse with characters and unlock new areas. Through searching areas is how you can find the useful ‘hint coins’ which can be used in puzzles and in court too. Similar gameplay control as in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask or PC point and and click.

Witch Trials

We take control of good ole Phoenix Wright as he cross-examines witnesses in order to defend his client and begins to sweat when he is questioned. The main task is to look for contradictions in the witness statements, you listen to it once then you can pick on certain parts when they repeat and present evidence to contradict their statement. If the player presents the wrong evidence at the wrong time, the player will lose a strik which can prematurely end the game, at the same time win the case with all your strikes this goes towards bonus Picorats. Whilst cross-examining a witness, the option will soon be available to watch other witness reactions to the person speaking so you can use one witness to refute another.


The game features original voice acting from the Professor Layton and Pheonix Write games and animated cutscenes, which we’re used to from the Professor Layton games but is a new addition for Pheonix Wright and flows well.

Level-5 announced that they would release downloadable content for the game, including a new storyline, written by Shu Takumi, which will be split up in 12 episodes. It is playable when the game has been cleared once. The content will be offered every week till September 2014. You can also use your picorats to unlock bonus material.


Back to the plot once Professor Layton and Luke are transported to the medieval looking city Labyrinthia shortly after the trial of Espella in London, Pheonix and May get transported too but they both in different time frames and Pheonix and Maya have assumed roles of Bakers. The town is controlled by by the Story Teller, whatever he scribes into his book becomes the towns reality, while the town are happy, the storyteller has recently written up the rising of the great witch Bezella. The towns folk are distraught trying every female they can as witches to prevent Bezella from burning the town to ashes. Espella is charged with being a witch, Bezella no less but as you play the game you begin unravel a bizarre story twist. She is in fact the daughter of the story teller…say whaaat?? Why would he write such a terrible fate for his daughter?


The heroes split into groups every so often to solve puzzles, see the story teller and also defend Espella in court with great cut scenes and adorable puzzles.  As obvious as it seems someone in high authority looks pretty suspicious with her cat ears but no one cares to question. As much as the story can get predictable and puzzles crop up and high tension moments, you are certainly not going to fathom the ending. This game is a must buy as far as I’m concerning, I would normally get frustrated with theis games as a whole, but the mix made things easier for me to deal with – no now is not the puzzle for a puzzle – fuuuuuu! With at least 25 hours of game play without doing the bonus puzzles and dlc.

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Lastly Cosplay future, I will be adding this to my future game articles, mentioning a character I’d like to Cosplay or see cosplayed, it’s gotta be:

High Inquisitor Darklaw, meow !

Feel free to look through my personal favourite moments from the game, photos taken by myself.

Feel free to look through my personal favourite moments from the game, photos taken by myself.

Feel free to tell me your favourite one liners too XD

Aisha Anime