Parents' Guide to

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

High school is a killer in grisly, mature murder mysteries.

Game PlayStation 4 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 11+

16 is too high

My son loves this game. After playing it along with him, the rating is far too high. All violence is mainly censored with pink blood and deaths are all cartoon. There are mild sexual references and some swearing, but overall it is fine for an 11 year old.
age 18+

Not a good choice for ages 10-12

Having played (and being a big fan of!) both the first and the second game included in this bundle, I am appalled at the vast amount of reviews saying these games are okay for children ages 10-12. The Danganronpa series, more or less, revolves around various classes of high-school students with extraordinary talents being thrown into a "killing game". This game is mostly a visual novel, with elements of detective work and mini-games that promote critical thinking. Blood is censored by the colour hot pink. This game has a lot of strong language and sexual innuendos, amongst all the violence and disturbing content. Because of these reasons and more, not only do I not think these games are appropriate for kids, I also do not think they will get the maximum enjoyment out of them. At the end of the day, you can choose what's appropriate for your child, but if you're still feeling uneasy about Danganronpa, I highly recommend the Phoenix Wright series, as it contains similar visual novel/detective work mechanics and is much more tame than Danganronpa.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (184 ):

While the content of these adventure/mystery games is grisly, the experience can be deep and engaging for mature players. Lots of people might say their high school years were murder, but for the students of Hope's Peak Academy, this is literally the case. If you've never heard of Danganronpa before, the best way to describe the series is to imagine Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney meets Saw, by way of Saved by the Bell. And if that sounds weirdly twisted and macabre, you're on the right track. The game's high school setting and the students' unique personalities hide the brutality of the actions taking place. Make no mistake, though. The scenes of torture, murder, and execution, coupled with the dialogue and plot of the game fall right into grindhouse territory in terms of shock value. Don't let the game's anime art style fool you -- this is most definitely not for kids.

Once you're able to look past the shock value and start digging into the actual game, the Danganronpa series is actually a deep and entertaining experience. Your observational skills are put to the test as you seek out evidence and talk to fellow students to try to sort out the clues you'll need to discover the identity of the killers. Once the Class Trials begin, you're not only tested on your detective skills, but you'll also rely on a keen sense of timing to be successful in the different mini-games and actually use your evidence. The games do a phenomenal job of starting off slowly and easing you into your role before ramping up the difficultly. By the time you've reached the end of each game, you can't help but feel a bit of pride in sussing out the truth and bringing the stories to their conclusion.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 4
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: NIS America
  • Release date: March 14, 2017
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Topics: Adventures , High School
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
  • Last updated: May 14, 2017

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