The Best Games Like Danganronpa

Danganronpa is a series of murder mystery visual novels. Since the release of the first game – Trigger Happy Havoc – in 2010, the game has developed a strong following of loyal supporters.

If you’re looking for constant action and aren’t a fan of reading, Danganronpa and similar games probably aren’t for you. But for those who have played the game and loved the storytelling, mysteries, puzzles, and character interaction, we’ve compiled some of the best games like Danganronpa if you’re itching for similar.

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

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  • Hi-res graphics bring the savage world of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors to life...
  • Your choices dictate the fate of you and your "teammates" and offer multiple paths to...

Like Danganronpa, Zero Escape is also a mystery visual novel series. The first two games in the series, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward were actually made by the same developer of Danganronpa, which should give you a good indication of how good this game is.

The plot of Zero Escape games should sound familiar: nine individuals are kidnapped and are forced to play a game of life or death in order to escape. You’ll explore your surroundings for clues, examine objects, discover secrets about the other characters, and solve mini-game puzzles in order to advance.

Each game’s plot is highly unique and is sure to keep you engaged as the story unwinds. The link above contains the first and third of the series in one package. Zero Time Dilemma can be bought separately. Each game can be played as a standalone, so you don’t have to play them sequentially.

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney

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  • Phoenix Wright's Ace Attorney's first three games, all in one package!
  • There's been a murder! Uncover the truth to save your Innocent client! Now with improved...

One of the series that pioneered mystery style games and brought visual novels to popularity, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney is a must-play for anyone who’s a fan of the genre.

You’ll play as the attorney Phoenix Wright while you try to uncover the truth behind various cases. To do so, you’ll have to investigate crime scenes, cross examine witnesses, present evidence, and deal with objections.

If you enjoyed the trial investigations during Danganronpa, you’re in for a treat. The crimes are complex and take a lot of sleuthing to unravel. You’ll find yourself engrossed in the events and characters you meet throughout.

The Sexy Brutale

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Here’s a unique game to try that you probably haven’t heard of yet: The Sexy Brutale. It’s a murder mystery puzzle game that takes place in a mansion stuck in a time loop, where those in the mansion get slowly killed off one after another.

As you relive the same day over and over, you’ll watch what unfolds, spy on guests, and learn their secrets to try and save them from their unfortunate fate.

The Sexy Brutale features visually stunning graphics and an awesome soundtrack to boot. The puzzles are interesting and the plot twists are plenty, making for a very memorable gaming experience. Go into it blind for the best experience.

Persona 5

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  • The 5th numbered game in the series, created by renowned developers! The core development...
  • A deep and engaging storyline - The thrilling story of a team of defiant teenagers,...

Persona 5 is one of the most popular RPGs of all-time and makes this list of games similar to Danganronpa.

While Persona 5 isn’t centered around murder mysteries, there are many similarities between the two games. The games both revolve around a group of high school students who must use hope and friendship to overcome the despair of the world.

Both games also feature quite a bit of role-playing and social simulation. You’ll be interacting with other characters and progress in your relationships with them, which will unlock new storylines, character abilities, and even romantic possibilities.

In terms of differences, Persona 5 is a bit more serious and gets deeper on the psychological aspect, while Danganronpa injects more comedy into various situations. Persona themes and objectives are also more subtle compared to Danganronpa. All that said, there’s a lot of overlap between fans of both games and are definitely both worth a play.

Ghost Trick

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  • Manipulate the physical world through supernatural possession - take control of inanimate...
  • Change the fates of those around you - return to the four minutes before a character's...

Ghost Trick is another unique game that fans of Danganronpa may enjoy. The game leans more heavily on the puzzle side, but still involves solving mysteries and unlocking secrets to progress.

You play as a ghost, but have no memory of who you were or why you were murdered. So you set off to discover why, but to do so you’ll need to save potential victims along the way by resetting the clock four minutes to alter their deaths.

Ghost Trick is developed by the same creators as the Phoenix Wright series. You’ll find many of the same aspects in those games carry over, such as the bright animation, colorful characters, and witty dialogue.

Corpse Party

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  • Retro-Style Graphics Enhance Atmosphere - 16-bit-style 2D visuals create an intentional...

Corpse Party is a survival horror and adventure game developed in 1996 that’s stood the test of time. You’re tasked with exploring haunted school grounds for a way to escape, and to do so you’ll have to investigate your surroundings and interact with the other characters.

The game features fairly simple sprite-based graphics with occasional animated cutscenes. The game can be considered in the horror genre but there isn’t all that much gore or jump scares. Rather, it invokes a sense of impending dread and creeping horror that is aptly fitting for the atmosphere.

There’s also a bit of gameplay in Corpse Party alongside its story elements. You can pick up and use items and even evade chasers.

Like in Danganronpa, you’ll probably find yourself invested in the characters of Corpse Party by the time you’re done playing.

The World Ends With You

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  • Fight to survive the week-long “Reapers’ Game” playing out on the twisted streets of...
  • Delve into Square Eni's remastered RPG classic

The World Ends With You is Square Enix’s action RPG set in urban Japan. Playing as teenager Neku, you’ve lost your memories other than the fact that you need to fight and survive a life or death game.

The game shares many of the same elements of Danganronpa – amnesia, school-aged characters, game rules, and a life or death situation. Throughout the game, you’ll be forced to cooperate with other characters to work your way past various obstacles.

Like Danganronpa, The World Ends With You tells a genuine story that deeply resonates. You’ll probably find yourself taking a moment and reflecting on how real things get.

From an animation and soundtrack perspective, the game is no slouch either. The graphics are stylish and has that Square Enix cartoonish splash we’ve all come to love. As you play, it’s fun to watch Neku stop and bop along to the J-pop in the background.


That wraps up our list of some of the best games like Danganronpa. Let us know if you have any suggestions of similar games in the comments below!

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