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  • Summary: Hi, Monika here!

    Welcome to the Literature Club! It's always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you're a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game! Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my
    Hi, Monika here!

    Welcome to the Literature Club! It's always been a dream of mine to make something special out of the things I love. Now that you're a club member, you can help me make that dream come true in this cute game!

    Every day is full of chit-chat and fun activities with all of my adorable and unique club members:

    Sayori, the youthful bundle of sunshine who values happiness the most;
    Natsuki, the deceivingly cute girl who packs an assertive punch;
    Yuri, the timid and mysterious one who finds comfort in the world of books;
    ...And, of course, Monika, the leader of the club! That's me!

    I'm super excited for you to make friends with everyone and help the Literature Club become a more intimate place for all my members. But I can tell already that you're a sweetheartwill you promise to spend the most time with me?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 2, 2018
    90
    Funny, sad, and with the sharpest teeth, Doki Doki Literature Club is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2017.
  2. Oct 24, 2017
    90
    Doki Doki Literature Club! is totally free and one of the best visual novel ever made.
  3. Jan 21, 2018
    87
    Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novella that masterfully manages to creep up on you, shatter the 4th wall with a sledgehammer and land it on your unsuspecting face.
  4. Feb 14, 2018
    85
    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
  5. Jan 19, 2018
    80
    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.
  6. Jan 15, 2018
    70
    This game is an interesting one which presents as a common "visual novel" game but in the end presents a totally different approach as the game progress. In the end it feels very mixed with some aspects where the game done well but in other ones it doesn't.
  7. CD-Action
    Feb 8, 2018
    55
    A horror game disguised as a dating sim. First couple of hours are boring and written poorly to the degree of being hard to digest for me, then things get better, but the story is still shallow and the substance plays second fiddle to the form. [01/2018, p.61]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 86
  2. Negative: 8 out of 86
  1. Nov 11, 2017
    10
    Maybe I shouldn’t give this game a 10/10. I mean, it’s a virtual novel-dating simulator. What about that warrants the praise of a masterpiece?Maybe I shouldn’t give this game a 10/10. I mean, it’s a virtual novel-dating simulator. What about that warrants the praise of a masterpiece?

    Well. That is not something I am willing to discuss in this review. I don’t even wanna say anything about this game. Just experience it for yourself (not really a review if you don’t talk about the game, I know, but please trust me on this one, ok?).

    What I will say though, is that it’s free on steam and is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. It’s characters, music, graphics, plot—you might be surprised at just how fantastic it all is.
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  2. Oct 21, 2017
    10
    I have found this game by accident, I was never into Visual Novel genre and not really a fan of anime. The surface of this game is everythingI have found this game by accident, I was never into Visual Novel genre and not really a fan of anime. The surface of this game is everything I couldn't care about less. Yet, I gave it a try, mostly out of curiosity due to its disclaimers and the overwhelmingly positive comments. And man, I wasn't disappointed. It's been 3 days since I finished this and I still can't stop thinking about it. This is truly an experience. It makes you uncomfortable in ways you probably rarely felt. Masterpiece. Messed up to its very core. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2018
    10
    Just Monika. Just Monika. Just Monika. Just Monika. Just Monika. Just Monika. Just Monika. I LOVE YOU!
  4. Oct 31, 2017
    9
    This game is super great if you've played through other visual novels - it appears super typical at the outset, but the direction the gameThis game is super great if you've played through other visual novels - it appears super typical at the outset, but the direction the game takes is unexpected and done super well. Expand
  5. Jan 30, 2018
    9
    This is one of those games that you should experience without reading a review for it. So, if you haven't played it yet, please go ahead andThis is one of those games that you should experience without reading a review for it. So, if you haven't played it yet, please go ahead and do so, taking the game's warning seriously of course.

    When I first saw this game on Steam, I genuinely though the "Psychological Horror" tag was just people abusing the system. Given the game's positive reception, its catchy cover and popularity, I decided to give it a go. After reading the reviews and being 2 hours in, I actually feared what might come next. I've never been so apprehensive about finishing a game due to its shocking nature. And sure enough, this game truly is disturbing, even if you prepare yourself for the worst. But it's impossible to keep the game's depth a secret when that makes up 90% of the appeal. So why am I giving this a positive review?

    Well, the game breaks the fourth wall like no other. I encourage you to play this game in windowed mode and after about 2 hours in, open your steamappscommonDoki Doki Literature Clubcharacters directory. These are real files with a different extension (one is a PNG, another is Base64 encoded message etc.).The game itself, written in Python2, actually changes the files (and not just those in that folder) as you play, which makes it feel truly real.

    But that's just some gimmick, right? Anyone could do that, it'sn ot the most creative idea. So, again, why am I giving this game a positive review? Especially after the ending it gave me. I assure I was most certainly NOT impressed. It left me more upset with the game and the writers' decision to end it like that, so much so that the shock factor was outweighed by my dismay of how it all happened. But you realise that's not all this game has to give.

    What truly sets DDLC apart is that it serves a much deeper purpose than your ordinary game. As a visual novel, this genre has very limited interactivity, and despite my inexperience with VNs, I've always wondered what the purpose of them is compared to an eBook. Yet Doki Doki Literature Club makes the best possible use of the medium. Simply put, it is a tool to raise awareness of mental health issues. It truly creates a sense of empathy that cannot be expressed in any other medium. As you "read" through DDLC, you begin to get a sense of how truly horrible loneliness and depression must be. You start to feel bad yourself. Then you wonder how it must feel like to live with this. Even if you can relate to some of the themes explored in DDLC, you begin to realise just how deep they can go. It's frightening, concerning, yet what makes it so impactful is that this is not a joke. Yes, it is taken to the extreme. But it's absolutely real. These things do happen, and even if extreme cases are not so common, even milder issues must be... just awful.

    So, despite the sadness, this game serves not only as an educational tool but also an inspiration. An inspiration to care more about those around you, and yourself of course, if you can relate to any of the characters. It makes you want to hug not only your friends and relatives but even strangers. It's one of those experiences that will stay with you. Depending on your personality, it may be haunting and you'll regret having beared witness to such tragedies. But to others, it may be a valuable learning experience.
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  6. Nov 17, 2018
    8
    Oyun xojdır ama senena heryer olmiş yaşam maşam sikem seni sabah akşam tadında güzel bir oyun

    -Neyse oyunun gelişmesi ve sonucu itibari ile
    Oyun xojdır ama senena heryer olmiş yaşam maşam sikem seni sabah akşam tadında güzel bir oyun

    -Neyse oyunun gelişmesi ve sonucu itibari ile alışık olmadık bir deneyim sunuyor ne kadar başlangıcı standart bir hentai oyunu tadında geçmeye başlıyor olsa bile. Oyunlar ilgili söylenebilecek herşey birer spoiler olmasından ötürü bir bilgi vermeyeceğim oyunun süresi ortalama 3-5 saat arası değişiyor ve bilgisayardaki kullanıcı adlarının ...bilgisayar gibi olduğu bir ülkede komik sınuçlarda doğurabilir.
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  7. Nov 9, 2018
    0
    De lo peor que he leido. Absurdo e incoherente. No entiendo la puntuación media. Desde luego, la gente ha leido muy pocos libros...

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