Doki Doki Literature Club!
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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
- The animation style is very well done is accurate to what a modern anime-style dating simulator would look like.
- Good music and sound effects,
- The poem writing scenes are pretty entertaining.
- The acts are pretty entertaining.
- 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.
- Impressive technical features.
- Unexpected horror scenes with deep and dark lore, in a game which was supposed to be light-hearted.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.).
- The infamous scene where Monika had Sayori hang herself. Thankfully, you're able to save her alongside everyone else in Act 4.
- 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.
- 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.