Doki Doki Literature Club! is your typical Visual Novel with cute anime girls and multiple story paths where you join a club and write poems with cute girls who are into you. Also, similar to other games in the genre, you start out by getting a basic premise that quickly expands and offers multiple choices that truly affect the game while offering unique characteristics not so typical for Visual Novels. Doki Doki Literature Club is recommend to anyone who enjoys Visual Novels in general but people with a predisposed attitude towards Visual Novels will be pleasantly surprised too. It’s also free and If the first part of the game is boring to you, just keep playing it might just get interesting.
Doki Doki Literature Club is a game that’s best played by going in blind. The story’s twists and turns are some of the game’s strongest points and it is recommended that you try the game out for yourself. Continue reading if you want to know more about the gameplay.
DDLC is a visual novel – basically, a hybrid of a book and a game where you read through text (accompanied by visuals), make decisions, and see their impact on the story. On the surface, it’s about a high schooler joining a literature club and getting to know its members. Under that plot is something far more sinister, but I can’t say what it is without spoiling a key point of the plot. All I can say is that the game’s content warnings and “psychological horror” tag are well-deserved.
Since your choices in DDLC do have a fair amount of impact on the story, so you may feel motivated to replay the game to see how its other paths play out. You can choose different storylines by siding with certain characters in decisions and tailoring your poems to specific girls. It’s basic, but it works well and is easy to understand after the first couple writing sessions. The characters are intriguing and well-written, and they all have real issues underneath their stereotypical anime exteriors. There’s a surprising amount of nuance in DDLC’s discussions on mental health and love.
It takes around 5-6 hours to beat Doki Doki Literature Club on both playthroughs. The story doesn’t overstay its welcome and keeps your interest from start to finish. The first couple days might seem a bit slow, but the plot rapidly picks up once festival preparations begin. It’s pretty well-paced as a whole.
In summary, the game itself brings very cute character designs, an interesting story with well-written dialogs, multiple choices that truly affect the outcome of the game, a very nice piano based soundtrack and it is completely free to play.
More about the Developers
Title Doki Doki Literature Club - DDLC
File size200 MB
RequirementsWindows, OSX, iOS, Android
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