Parents' Guide to

Doki-Doki Universe

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Learn what it means to be human in quirky adventure game.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+


There are other ways for kids to learn about behaviors and deal with reality's problems and to respect life. It would be awful if this game gave kids ideas, which it probably does....the design does not prepare a 10 year old to the sordid turn-out. I was shocked, as the ending is extreme and banalizes death.
age 18+


This game is against god!!!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Doki-Doki Universe is a highly original game that's full of child-like charm, off-beat characters, and tender insights about what it means to be human. In fact, "doki-doki" is a Japanese word representing the sound of a heartbeat (like "thump-thump" in English). Some of the game's positive messages - like the storyline involving bullying - are insightful and touching, while at other times the point seems to get buried by a desire to be quirky. While exploring and meeting people is fun, the game never really evolves or becomes more difficult, and as a result, starts to feel repetitive after a few hours. Some of the controls and item selection mechanics are unnecessarily clunky as well. Nevertheless, Doki-Doki Universe gets lots more right than it does wrong. It won't appeal to everyone, but deserves kudos for its unconventional and original approach.

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