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Oct 162017

Last week, we discussed a game that looks cute but is actually a horror game.

This week, we have another deceptively cute game to discuss.

Doki Doki Literature Club presents itself as a sweet romance visual novel where the main character joins a school literature club alongside four cute girls. It also begins by warning the player “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.”

When you start it, it will seem to be as cute as it appears on the surface.

Keep playing, even if you find the start boring. It’s not what you expect.

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The disturbing elements certainly make this visual novel stand out (especially in contrast to its cute facade), but what ended up lingering in my thoughts the most afterward was the meta situation. Not only how Monika knows she’s in a game and is interested in the player, but also how the other girls can tell there is something wrong and are powerless to do anything about it.

Now, Doki Doki Literature Club is one of those stories where you can’t really talk about what makes it interesting without spoilers. However, it’s also free, so if you’re intrigued by its inclusion in Celebrating All Things Spooky, download it and find out!

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  3 Responses to “Celebrating All Things Spooky: Doki Doki Literature Club”

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