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Doki Doki Literature Club! review
by alextmoldovan

+ It takes a while to get going, but once it does the story becomes something unforgettable.
+ The plot twist halfway through the game genuinely shocked me and filled me with dread.
+ I love how abstract and terrifying the game becomes in the second half. It did a good job of paying off all of the strange subtle occurrences in the first act.
+ Very interesting ending that does a good job of paying off everything that was set up throughout the game.

- I hate anime dating simulators, so the first half of this game was painful to get through. Even if how dreadful the game is at the start eventually pays off, it lends itself to having almost no replay value.
- I understand that the art style and musical direction have a purpose, but that doesn't mean that I like them. I think the aesthetic of the game was necessary for the story it was trying to tell, but the music is still quite annoying.
- The bizarre and terrifying aspects of the second half of the game do actually start to lose their effects very quickly. It seemed like the game was constantly trying to one-up that horrifying mid-game plot twist. Unfortunately, it never does.

Definitely worth at least one playthrough. I don't regret it one bit, and I loved the overall experience.

My rating: 5/10

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Doki Doki Literature Club! Harmless Name, I told myself. I like Visual Novels, I thought to myself. I also love Animes, that's absolutely true. But this Visual Novel, took me to a new Level of like from Visual Novel. Why is this so? Let's Put it that way ... If you expect a Game differently than it actually is and this one is plowing the fucking Brain into the Meat Grinder, then such a Game has done everything right. Yes, I know that for some, a Visual Novel is not a Game, but that doesn't matter here, it can also be a Movie or a book, or just a Novel, Manga, Documentary or anything else. "This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed." What is supposed to happen already great, many have certainly said to themselves at this Game name and were smashed to the Bottom of the Facts. I'm not going to tell anything about it here, just write this Review and give a Thumbs up. What else should I do? The Game is free and damn good. One of the few Games that don't cost a Fortune and shows you how good Games can be if you just Think about what the Customer might like. And that's what the Reviews show now, because they speak Volumes when it's deserved. Pro: + free + wtf + Sound + story + Monika... oh Monika + Moni a + M n k + oni a Contra:-"This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed." Conclusion: Anyone who likes to watch Animes or is also on Visual Novels is welcome here. After all, it's free and you can watch that. I'm always someone who pays tribute to free Games (which are good, or could be good for others) and gives the Thumbs up. Love for this Game has grown and this Game definitely deserves it. Well, some People will not like it, but that is the way it is. Not everyone can please it, because the Tastes are different. I definitely make a Recommendation here, because first some Developers can cut a Slice here and because that plays out, Forgiveness is worth reading. For more Reviews of me Subscribe here and at pleasure also like to join my Group. Aus eigener Sache: ══════════════════════════════════════════════ Zensur in Games? No thanks! Unfortunately, not all Games that are available on Steam and have been censored are marked accordingly. If You want reliable and up-to-date Information on the Censorship Status of Games, check out for UNCUT! Pass and follow the Curator To get humble about Censors in Games. Zur Website [www.foruncut.com] • Zum neuen Forum [www.foruncut.com] ══════════════════════════════════════════════
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Depressing, but sweet. So, bittersweet. I liked the depressing parts as well as the sweet parts. It's interesting, too. Mentally stimulating, not just emotionally stimulating. Heed the warnings. I wouldn't be surprised if someone has killed themselves over this game. But if you honestly think you can handle it, play it now!
«Beaten more than once»
Honestly, I’m not into visual novels, I always thought they are boring. But this game is a unique experience. Play this game even if you’re not a fan of VN - it’s amazing.  
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
The game is done right with all its visuals, sounds and so on but there are many better projects on the market currently. This game just tries to scare you but it fails like a cheap movie. Of course, it’s free and maybe I’m too tough but for me the game isn’t interesting at all.