Doki Doki Literature Club!

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Doki Doki Literature Club!
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"Will you write your way into her heart?"
Genre: Visual novel
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Mac OS
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Developer: Team Salvato
Publisher: Team Salvato
Made in: Japan

Doki Doki Literature Club is a 2017 visual novel developed and published by Team Salvato for Steam on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux.

Why It Rocks

  1. The animation style is very well done is accurate to what a modern anime-style dating simulator would look like.
  2. Good music and sound effects,
  3. The poem writing scenes are pretty entertaining.
  4. The acts are pretty entertaining.
  5. Nice and lovable characters with cute designs:
    • Sayori, a happy go lucky, and clingy childhood friend who has been diagnosed with depression.
    • Natsuki is a tsundere that is short tempered but sweet girl.
    • Yuri is the quiet bookworm.
    • Monika is the leader of the literature club, and the only self aware character in the game.
  6. Impressive technical features.
  7. Unexpected horror scenes with deep and dark lore, in a game which was supposed to be light-hearted.
  8. Not only is it free-to-play, but it has no microtransactions whatsoever like most free-to-play games do. However, there is a paid expansion which should be enough to help the developers of this game survive.
    • Although you still need to pay for the soundtracks.
  9. The game is entirely made with Python script, making it easy to modify.
    • You can also play other mods with well written stories, the main example is Doki Doki Exit Music.

Bad Qualities

  1. The game feels kinda short (3 hours for Act I, 2 hours for Act II, 25 minutes for Act III (if you immediately delete Monika), and 10 hours for the true ending.).
  2. The infamous scene where Monika had Sayori hang herself. Thankfully, you're able to save her alongside everyone else in Act 4.
  3. Some have argued the game's understanding of visual novels and Japanese media in general is flawed in multiple ways:
    • First off, it conflates dating simulations and romance visual novels, which are different concepts.
    • Doki Doki Literature Club! doesn't actually share much in common with dating sims at all since there is no emphasis on raising stats to impress potential lovers or a calendar system.


Bad Ending #1

  • If you delete one of the characters' files before starting the game, Sayori starts off as confused, then goes into a mental breakdown. The game suddenly malfunctions, then shows a game over scene with Sayori hanging herself.

True Ending

  • Make separate save files for each character (Natsuki, Sayori, and Yuri) route before Act 1 ends.


  • It has been released on September 22, 2017, a hundred years after the medium of anime was first created.
  • The game caused controversy in the United Kingdom that it was reported by the BBC for being considered a risk to children (and as well as teenagers) according to the Manchester police because of the horrific event where a 15 year old boy called Ben Warmsly committed suicide, and his father said the game dragged his son in, in fact, the game would be on a pre-inquest review, and is due to take place in 10:00 of June 29th, 2018.
  • If you record yourself during Monika's route, you will unlock secret dialogue and a jumpscare.




Tony Li

5 months ago
Score 0
I constantly downloaded a lot of mods to the game

Tony Li

5 months ago
Score 0
However it's a shame that some mods does not work at all.

My name is Valentine you bit-

26 days ago
Score 1
I love this game lol


11 days ago
Score 0
Natsuki is best waifu.

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