Doki Doki Literature Club!

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Geeks Under Grace (9.5 out of 10)

Doki Doki Literature Club is a daring game that sets itself up to be something ordinary to intentionally subvert a player's expectations. Even knowing this, the narrative is solid and engaging enough that I'd recommend anyone that can endure a cute dating sim for a couple of hours to try this game out.

Aug 13th, 2018 · Windows · read review (18 out of 20)

Doki Doki Literature Club! n'est pas seulement un excellent Visual Novel, il est peut-être le meilleur jeu d'horreur de cette année 2017. Pendant plusieurs heures de jeu, celui-ci arrive à tromper le joueur qui se rend compte bien trop tard dans quoi il est tombé. De par sa réalisation, il y a de fortes chances qu'il touche plus que les amoureux des visual novel ; son chemin est tout tracé.

Nov 19th, 2017 · Windows · read review

RPGFan (90 out of 100)

Funny, sad, and with the sharpest teeth, Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2017.

Dec 24th, 2017 · Windows · read review (9 out of 10)

Doki Doki Literature Club! è eccezionale nel suo trasformarsi più volte mantenendo sempre un'incredibile coerenza di fondo. Team Salvato è riuscito a creare una storia appassionante e dalla natura fortemente metavideoludica, sfruttando con immensa intelligenza la forma visual novel in tutte le sue componenti (addirittura l'interfaccia diventa parte del racconto). Il risultato è disturbante, maturo e fuori dagli schemi tipici dei videogiochi, ma allo stesso tempo è accattivante e riuscito proprio perché si tratta di un racconto che non poteva essere fatto in nessun altro modo. Insomma, c'è più sapienza narrativa in Doki Doki Literature Club! che in molte produzioni miliardarie pacchiane e prive di ispirazione, con decine di sceneggiatori. Inoltre è completamente gratuito, quindi non avete davvero alcuna scusa per snobbarlo.

Oct 20th, 2017 · Windows · read review

Geek Culture (8.8 out of 10)

Get past the slow first act, and experience genius. You won’t regret it, and you’ll be thinking about it for days.

Oct 22nd, 2017 · Windows · read review (87 out of 100)

Για όλους αυτούς τους ανθρώπους γύρω μας που δεν τους βλέπουμε πραγματικά, ίσως γιατί δεν θέλουμε να τους δούμε και για μια μελέτη πάνω στο τι ακριβώς είναι τελικά ένα παιχνίδι, σπεύστε, μιλάμε για μια δωρεάν εμπειρία. Η δοκιμή ίσως σας πείσει…

Jan 14th, 2018 · Windows · read review

The Game Hoard (6 out of 7)

While someone who does not like the genres Doki Doki Literature Club is set in may enjoy the game, it seems like it would appeal more to those who can recognize the staples of those genres so that it can help set the proper stage for what this game does differently. The visual novel name is no misnomer as your interaction is usually limited to reading a story rather than playing a game, but it is a fine story that manages to leave an emotional impact, tell a unique tale, and linger in your memory for good or for ill depending on how you react to it. The premise might turn off quite a few people, but on some level, everything has to be taken at face value when you consider playing Doki Doki Literature Club. It is Psychological Horror, it is Anime, it is Horror, it is a Visual Novel, and while it manages to mix those things together into something excellent, you’re not likely to enjoy the whole if certain parts of it would put you off on their own.

Feb 5th, 2018 · Windows · read review

GameGrin (8.5 out of 10)

Doki Doki Literature Club is a mind boggling and hard hitting horror game that takes tried and tested formulas of both visual novels and dating sims and turns them on their heads. The themes and story pack a punch, and stayed with me long after I had finished playing. It may require commitment from some to get through but the reward for those who stick it is more than worth it.

Feb 14th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Quarter to Three ( )

Anyway, there’s a sort of anime dating sim JRPG kind of horror thing on Steam with the unlikely name Doki Doki Literature Club. It’s probably about three hours long. The first hour or so are intentionally insufferable. Some of the best horror takes its time establishing what’s normal, because it has to show you what it’s going to break. Without normal, you wouldn’t know what’s weird. Without real, you wouldn’t know what’s surreal. Without victims, you wouldn’t know what’s monstrous. Without the anime dating sim, you wouldn’t know Doki Doki Literature Club.

Jan 18th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Way Too Many Games (7.5 out of 10)

I have to say that I was actually pleasantly surprised by Doki Doki Literature Club. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, especially with how excruciatingly dull it is in the beginning. It uses purposeful glitches at times that I found refreshingly inventive and twists that I definitely didn’t see coming. It’s a bizarre journey that delivered the disturbing experience it warns you about in the opening screen. If you like sick and twisted things, then you should check this game out.

Dec 17th, 2017 · Windows · read review

Meristation (7 out of 10)

Cumple con las expectativas de lo que es un buen juego, tiene calidad y no presenta fallos graves, aunque le faltan elementos que podrían haberlo llevado a cotas más altas.

Jan 15th, 2018 · Windows · read review

Common Sense Media ( )

Once Doki Doki has gotten to its grand finale, you're left staring at a static screen with one character staring you in the eye for literally an hour and a half. The first hour is meant to be similarly trying, with its dopey dialogue and bright colors. It's only after the game's twists start playing out that you realize all the dialogue has two or even three meanings, and glitches wreak havoc, pointing out differences in characters' behavior or intentions. Finally, a clear amount of deception is woven into the game; before you even click start, it warns you repeatedly that it's "not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed." You may think it's a joke, but those are probably the most sincere words in the game. While the concept behind Doki Doki is interesting, unfortunately its execution (six hours of clicking) isn't as engaging. And the bait-and-switch storyline has caught many players by unpleasant surprise.

2017 · Windows · read review

Two Beard Gaming N/A

Insanely clever, frequently annoying, haunting as Hell. Doki Doki Literature Club! is like no game we’ve played before. It is not for the faint of heart, nor the easily upset. It is every bit as triggering as you’ve heard, if not more, and must be experienced to be believed. If you can sit through the impending doom that comes along with it though, it’s about one of the best psychological horror games on the market – and it’s available for free!

Nov 2020 · Windows · read review

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