Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Dec 12, 2013
    It fills a galaxy with happy, hopeful, broken and bizarre characters, while maintaining an infectious, child-like sense of glee. It asked me to think about what it means to be human in general and also what it means to be me. In that respect, at least, Doki-Doki Universe is profoundly special.
  2. Dec 17, 2013
    The latest cute experiment from Greg Johnson's Humanature is an interesting trip inside human emotions. It has personality, witty humor and the cross-buy options make it available on every Sony console out there. You'd rather play it with your children or little brother/sister.
  3. Dec 10, 2013
    Doki-Doki Universe isn't for everyone. It doesn't challenge your reflexes, and adventure game purists will likely turn up their noses at the simplistic and easily-solved puzzles.
  4. Feb 16, 2014
    Witty writing and a large serving of cute means you might just rediscover your humanity. [March 2014, p.83]
  5. Dec 10, 2013
    Originally, I wasn’t too thrilled with the game, but after giving it some time and exploring multiple planets, I can see the appeal and I actually enjoyed most of what I played. Just don’t expect much action out of the experience and you’ll be fine.
  6. Feb 3, 2014
    Doki-Doki Universe is a one of a kind game. Some people will love it for its creativity, others will not like that concept. The game is packed with humour, questions and more. It is, however, always the same, so you’ll be done with Doki-Doki Universe quite quickly.
  7. Dec 20, 2013
    Doki Doki Universe is one of those "liminal" experiences between video games and interactive story, held together by brilliant ideas and the willingness to break the classicism of entertainment.
  8. Dec 13, 2013
    HumaNature Studios has created something genuinely good-natured and charming with Doki-Doki Universe. Even though elements get tedious, it was overall a welcome change of pace from the ordinary.
  9. Dec 10, 2013
    From the creator of ToeJam & Earl comes a game about a robot searching for humanity. Doki-Doki Universe has players flying through twenty different planets, all in hopes of finding what makes humans tick.
  10. Mar 5, 2014
    A fun and unusual romp. It feels like a children's title that also appeals to older gamers thanks to the art style and strange method of conveying its morals to the audience. The game feels like it should only be played in short bursts, due to the monotony that sets in after long sessions of performing the same tasks over and over.
  11. Bursting with personality and cuteness. Challenge anorexic. [February 2014, p83]
  12. Jan 6, 2014
    A unique concept, a cute style and dito visuals cannot prevent the game from growing stale after a while.
  13. Jan 2, 2014
    Doki-Doki Universe is barely a game. The only thing you do is walk around and talk to characters, to find out what makes them happy. As an interactive story it's actually quite entertaining and regularly puts a smile on your face.
  14. While I’ve got my steel toecap in the puppy’s ribcage, I might as well say that the galaxy-trotting do-good gig gets repetitive quickly.
  15. Dec 20, 2013
    Doki Doki Universe isn’t going to appeal to everyone, it isn’t a game that pushes the limits of what is possible, but it is a nice family friendly game that you can go back to time and time again.
  16. Dec 17, 2013
    Cute and silly but also impressively insightful when it comes to ordinary people’s wants and desires – even if those ordinary people are portrayed as talking sushi rolls.
  17. Dec 16, 2013
    Doki-Doki Universe uses creation instead of destruction to progress through a rewarding, off-beat story. Some sticky challenges, load times, and other issues mess up its open-ended flow, but they can't keep a good robot down.
  18. Dec 12, 2013
    Its slant on side quests and completionism did, at first, scratch an itch for me, but Doki soon suffers from its sheer repetition, especially because it lacks any sort of tangible challenge. Doki-Doki Universe began to stumble from exceptional to acceptable as the hours wore on.
  19. Dec 10, 2013
    This is a strange and wonderful game, one that's equally comfortable exploring the nuances of human interaction as it is sending you through space on a flying piece of poo. Such experiences are rare in games. Then again, there's nothing commonplace about Doki-Doki Universe.
  20. Dec 10, 2013
    Doki-Doki Universe is a very odd, very cute, and very simple game. There isn't a whole lot to it, so don't go in expecting a deep and rewarding adventure title. So long as you don't mind spending an afternoon helping a tiny snowman bond with his father, Doki-Doki will be more than adequate.
  21. Jan 2, 2014
    Doki-Doki Universe is unexpectedly confronting. With short psychological tests it gets you thinking about the nature of humanity. As a game it doesn't score as well though. The pace is simply too low and the puzzles aren't very challenging.
  22. Dec 20, 2013
    This halfway experiment between psychology and interactive entertainment combines humor and the absurd in a modest way. There may be better options to spend your money on, but at least this one is both fun and innovative.
  23. Feb 10, 2014
    Doki-Doki Universe is a unique and quirky timewaster that unfortunately runs out of steam due to a lack of challenge and variety in its gameplay. While the colourful characters and brilliant art style keep it off the scrap heap, those craving a more involved experience would be better off summoning a different title to add to their collection.
  24. 60
    It’s not exactly the most fun of all indies and the gameplay is too basic to entertain. It even becomes dull quickly if not managed carefully.
  25. Dec 20, 2013
    It’s sweet stuff, but repetition quickly sets in.
  26. 60
    Doki-Doki Universe is a cute and interesting timesink, but some uninspiring stories and mechanic issues keep the game from shining and replayability low.
  27. 55
    A cute indie game that has its moments of brilliance, that are sadly overshadowed by rather boring gameplay.
  28. Dec 19, 2013
    People are more than a series of likes and dislikes, just as a game must be more than a series of multiple-choice tests and object recognition.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 58 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 11, 2013
    Im not sure if this can be actually called a game. It is basically personality quizz but one of the best and most original one. There is not much of a gameplay there it is basically exploration game, where you need to check every object and solve very simle puzzles, that are basically all the same. Character tells you, he need some object (for example "something cute") and you have to summon something to his taste. It can be compared to scribblenauts but you dont write the objects. You choose from your expanding library. But there is certain charm to the game (it is very cute and you are always interest about the next evaluation of your personality) that just keeps me going and playing. It is certainly not for everyone. But if you want to just relax, or you are looking for something harmless for your kids, this is a game to consider. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2013
    Doki Doki Universe is one of those unique little tittles that doesn't come around very often. As a Robot on the search for its own humanity the game is spit into two activities. One is flying to planets and helping its inhabitants with there problems. This comes in the form of providing them something they are missing. Someone for example might want a large house and it is your job to discover one and hand it over to them. The other part of the game comes in the form of visiting asteroids and taking small little personality quizzes. Answering questions based on images shown on the screen, and personally the results I got felt very much like it was correct for me. The art style is very nice hand drawn effect to it, and over all I would say if you are seeking something a little different for Vita, PS3 or PS4 to give it a look in. Full Review »
  3. Dec 14, 2013
    The game is really poorly designed, fair enough the developers are trying to get a game to feel like a hand drawn adventure but to me everything about the game is horrible.

    If you look at South Park Stick of Truth for a game that gets it right in the back-to-basics design.

    Pointless side quests (*30+ hours to get all of them done)

    Save you money and wait for a real game come out this game is only worth half its current value

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