Parents' Guide to

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Disturbing high school love story is never what it seems.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+
This game can definitely get a child into reading and it improves their overall vocabulary. It is a game that you should make sure you’re ready to play though, as it is not for everyone.

This title has:

Educational value
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
age 15+
This is a great game. But it is NOT FOR KIDS!!! It talks about suicide, self harm, abuse and a lot of other hard topics.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (22 ):

There's an age-old idiom that warns to never judge a book by its cover, because after all, things might not be what they first seem. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is a perfect example of this. On the surface, this seems like your standard, garden variety anime dating sim themed visual novel. The player jumps right into the role of a new member to the high school Literature Club, where they immediately gain the affection of three of the club's other members. There's some cute flirting and such, with everything seeming relatively innocent outside of a couple lines of risqué innuendo. But it's not long before there's a bait-and-switch, and the game spirals down into a dark abyss of depression, obsession, jealousy, and death. And that's just for starters. Things quickly shift gears, taking the focus away from the player's in-game character and instead focusing on the actual player.

As the game progresses, you're forced to restart multiple times, with apparent glitches and bugs popping up along the way. The original PC release required players to leave the game and alter installation files on their systems, something that's not only risky to do on the computer, but impossible in a console environment. DDLC Plus! solves this problem by creating a fake desktop environment for players, including a music player, picture viewer, and email program. While not as immersive as altering actual computer files, it's made up for with new creepy additions like mystery text and data files or random emails getting added to the experience. Other additional content in Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! includes six new side stories that serve almost as a prequel to the main game, detailing the lives of the club members leading up to their coming together. These add another layer to the characters' personalities, making their fates all the more disturbing. And that's both the ultimate appeal of and repulsion to Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! It's a creepy and unsettling experience on a psychological level, fuel for nightmares on an emotional level that's nothing remotely like it first appears.

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