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Danganronpa: Kibō no Gakuen to Zetsubō no Kōkōsei (Trial Version) (ダンガンロンパ 希望の学園と絶望の高校生 (体験版)) is a Japan-only PSP demo for the game Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. It was released exclusively at TSUTAYA on October 10, 2010, and then given a wider release on the PS Store on October 19, 2010. The full version of the game was released in Japan a month later on November 25, 2010. The demo was later added to the version of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc included in the Danganronpa 1.2 Reload bundle.
This demo also received a manga adaptation, which was released as a pre-order bonus for the first release through TSUTAYA and WonderGOO.
|The following is based on translations by Project Zetsubou.|
Makoto Naegi wakes up and finds that he and 14 other students are trapped in Hope's Peak Academy, and introduces himself to the other students. The self-proclaimed Headmaster of the Academy, a robot bear named Monokuma, informs the students about the Killing School Life they're forced to participate in.
Makoto begins to investigate in his room and talk to his classmates in order to gather clues and evidence. Not too much later, Monokuma announces that they all need to meet up for the Class Trial in order to solve who murdered Yasuhiro.
In the Class Trial, the remaining students discuss the murder. After pointing out that there were signs of a struggle, Makoto and the others then talk about the murder weapon, in which Makoto reveals it to be a knife taken from the kitchen. Leon Kuwata suddenly says that the weapon used doesn't matter, and accuses Makoto of being the killer, saying that he took the knife from the kitchen. Makoto then tells him that he isn't the killer and says that he has a witness, Aoi Asahina, who then proves his statement by saying that she was in the dining hall and did not see Makoto come in.
Chihiro Fujisaki then wonders who killed Yasuhiro. Celestia Ludenberg accuses Aoi of being the killer since she was in the dining hall, but Sakura Ogami disproves this by saying she was with her the whole time. Celeste points out that if they didn't kill Yasuhiro, then there are no more people left who could've taken the knife. Sakura immediately says that there's still one more possibility, and Aoi tells them that another person came to the dining hall. When asked why she didn't say so earlier, she responds by saying that that person is "no longer here".
Makoto points out that Yasuhiro was the one who took the knife. The students wonder why he took it, and Sayaka says that he might have used it to defend himself. Chihiro then states that the killer possibly took the knife away from him, and the suspicion falls again on Makoto. As everyone accuses him of being the killer, Kyoko suddenly tells them that it's too early to decide Makoto was the murderer, and tells them that something (the lint roller) they would expect to find in his room has gone missing. As Makoto thinks about what the missing item could be, Monokuma disrupts the class trial and tells the player that this is how far he can let them go since it is only a demo.
|Monokuma File #1||The victim was Yasuhiro Hagakure. The time of death is estimated to be around 1:30 a.m. The body was discovered in Makoto's room in the dormitory. The death took place in the bathroom. The cause of death was a stab wound in the abdomen.|
|Evidence of a Struggle||There are a number of scratches and gouges on the bed and walls in Makoto's room.|
|Kyoko's Account||Not a single hair was found on the floor at the scene of the crime. In addition, the lint roller shows evidence of being used.|
|Kitchen Knife Set||The kitchen in the dinning hall has a set of kitchen knives. Apparently one of the knives had gone missing.|
|Aoi's Account||The knife from the kitchen went missing while Aoi was in the dining hall. Aoi swears that Makoto did not come to the dining hall at any point while she was there.|
Final game comparisons
|Comparison||Trial Version||Final Game|
|The Trial Version only has two difficulty modes, "easy" and "hard", versus the main game which has three modes.|
|The game opens with Makoto unconscious on the desk. He then has the option to meet the other students - who are standing in different rooms and hallways of the school and dorm area - instead of gathered at the Vault Door.|
|Makoto receives a different note.|
|The design of the Monocoins in the Trial Version is different than the final game, and features in no other Danganronpa game.|
|Areas which are inaccessible are blocked with yellow tape which says "体験版" (Trial Version) and "体験版 KEEP OUT" (Trial Version KEEP OUT) signs.|
|All Dorm Rooms other than Makoto's also feature KEEP OUT signs. None of the nameplates are switched at any stage.|
|The cardboard box which holds the Chapter 1 motive DVDs is present in the A/V Room despite the motive not being present in the Trial Version.|
|The male students receive a different toolkit.|
|Yasuhiro Hagakure is the victim, rather than Sayaka Maizono.
Yasuhiro left no dying message.
|Makoto's bathroom is well-lit rather than dark, and the camera is zoomed back so that a sink is visible on the left.|
|Junko and Sayaka both survive and participate in the Class Trial instead of being executed and murdered, respectively.|
- Although the Class Trial does not conclude in the demo, it is implied that Yasuhiro's killer was Hifumi Yamada. During Hifumi's introduction, he asks Makoto if he'd like to join him to go look for some potato chips. Later, during the investigation of Makoto's dorm room, Makoto finds potato chip grease on the lint roller. Hifumi being the killer was confirmed in the manga adaptation of the Trial Version, where Hifumi is found guilty and given the execution Kiwotsukete, Buko-hime! Dai Kaijū Shinkō!!.
- Collecting Monocoins during the Trial Version and then importing the save data would grant the player additional Monocoins in the main game, up to a maximum of 101 (10 for every coin collected, +1 bonus).
- At the end of the demo, Monokuma interrupts the Class Trial and says "Hold it right there! That's as far as I can let you go. Because, I mean... this is just the demo!" - the recording of this line was later re-used in the Japanese version of Cyber Danganronpa VR The Class Trial, which, apart from this line, was made from dialogue featured in the Chapter 4 trial of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc.
- Although no official English version of the Danganronpa 1 Trial Version exists, Brian Beacock recorded a translated version of this line, which is unused in the files of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and reused for Cyber Danganronpa VR The Class Trial. The line is: "Hold on just a second! That's it! I can't let this go on any further... because this is just the demo!"
- Yasuhiro is also the victim in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version).
|Console Games||Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair • Danganronpa 1.2 Reload • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony • Danganronpa S: Ultimate Summer Camp • Danganronpa Trilogy • Danganronpa Decadence|
|Betas & Demos||DISTRUST • Danganronpa 1 (Trial Version) • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (Demo Version)|
|Mobile Apps||Danganronpa: Unlimited Battle • Danganronpa: Monokuma no Gyakushū • Alter Ego (App)|
|Browser Games||Monokuma Factory • MonoMono Machine Web Version • New MonoMono Machine|
|Spin-Offs||Cyber Danganronpa VR The Class Trial • Kirigiriso|