I don’t get the chance to play too many visual novels despite really enjoying them. When I spotted Doki Doki making the Let’s Play rounds on blogs and being praised as one of the weirdest psychological horrors VN’s of the year, I knew I had to give it a try.
Trigger warning for suicide, self harm, and other disturbing content.
Doki Doki Literature Club received it’s very own Saturday Suggestion post awhile back back. You can check that out here. Rather than rehashing what I already poured over in the review, I’ll talk a little bit about what made me enjoy it even though it was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played (and I play so many weird games).
There was something about the psychological terror that I enjoyed. That “something” was the creeping feeling that something just wasn’t right. I wanted to keep staring at the game until the pieces started to come together. But they don’t until you’re nearly halfway done with the game. and then you can’t stop it. You can’t stop what’s happening and can only continue to click and read the dialogue as the next scene unfolds. It’s completely out of your hands.
Doki Doki delivered on psycho-horror. Very few times have I played a game in a few hours or a couple of days to see how it all ends. I usually like to take my time and absorb information, get to know the characters and just be in the environment. Doki Doki made me sit on the edge of my chair, eager for the next scene, eager to see when I would glimpse the seams starting to unravel.
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