Corpse Party: Book of Shadows

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a game by Team GrisGris
Platform: PC (2011)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 2 votes
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Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows
Corpse Party: Book of Shadows

Corpse Party is a popular series of horror games that includes a number of different titles. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows came out in 2011, and is a Dojin style visual novel. The story picks after the original game occurred, and features 8 chapters that are essentially side stories to the original game. It’s similar in a lot of ways to Doki Doki Literature Club, but with fewer layers.

Skip this game if you haven’t played the original

If you played the first Corpse Party game and loved it, you will love Corpse Party: Book of Shadows. If you have never played any of the Corpse Party games however, playing this one may leave you lost and confused. All of the side stories in this game hinge on the old stories, and you might not be able to understand or appreciate what is happening unless you’ve played the original or read the original plot line thoroughly.

True horror game

This game holds nothing back, and that means it is an adult oriented game. The ESRB rates this games as Mature 17+ for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes and Strong Language. Some of the endings are still bad, despite it being a sequel, and can be disturbing to watch.

If you’re prepared for a horror game and love to be horrified, this game will not disappoint. Corpse Party: Book of Shadows also offers a neat feature that allows you to speed through the “bad” ending if you make a mistake and get a disappoint one. This can make playing the game a little more enjoyable to play. Team GrisGris did an excellent job with story telling, and there are between two and nine different endings for each chapter, which makes your decision making at the end potentially powerful.

More novel than game

One minor complaint to this game is that there is very little interaction for the players in the beginning. The beginning of the story has virtually no choices at all, and while multiple choice options do appear later in the game, it can be frustrating to sit through so much content without playing.

Other types of game play are also fairly minimal, and include things like checking a room for something related to the plot, or looking at a map. It’s normal for game play to not be a big focus in visual novels, but Book of Shadows has less than most.


This is horror at its finest. While you do need to be familiar with the original storyline to get everything the game has to offer, Team GrisGris holds nothing back in this sequel. Quality voice actors, decent CG, and a plot line that develops past side stories come together to make this an entertaining visual novel worthy of the brand.


  • Chilling horror
  • Neat speed-up options for bad endings
  • Excellent voice acting


  • Extra long intro like beginnings
  • Difficult to understand if you haven’t played original

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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