Game: Doki Doki Literature Club

Time to Play: 4 Hours.

We need to talk about this game.

Doki Doki Literature Club is – for me- the best free game to have been released in 2017. It’s an original, astonishing and genuinely terrifying take on the Visual Novel genre, that absolutely blew me away this year.

At first glance, you are simply a boy at a local Japanese high school, and you’ve been invited to join the local Literature club. That’s all the premise you need really, as it’s essentially a slice-of-life anime VN. You may have seen this type of game before.

And that’s about all I’d like to say about Doki Doki Literature Club. I’d highly recommend giving it a play if you haven’t already. It’s on Steam and Itch. And, importantly, it does discuss very mature themes, so I would not recommend playing this game if you don’t feel ready to tackle those.

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I know this is a bit of a shitpost for today, but I’m hoping I can salvage that with some discussion in the comments.

Be aware that, if you haven’t played it yet, I’m there may be some spoilers discussion below.


SPOILER QUESTIONS:

  • I adored the mechanic that invited you to edit the game files here. Have you ever seen anything like that before?
  • I also loved the way this game recontextualised it’s own gameplay mechanics. The poetry creating mini-game went from fun, to downright disturbing via it’s context.
  • Have you ever written poetry before?