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Need a Horror Game for October? Join the 'Doki Doki Literature Club'

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Doki Doki Literature Club [Official Site,] is a cute dating-sim where you join a literature club filled with beautiful girls. Except, it's not that at all. Underneath the saccharine pink and typical tropes of the genre, something dark slowly emerges and coalesces into a nightmare.

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The game starts innocently with your childhood friend, Sayori, convincing you to join the small literature club. You quickly meet the other three members who fall into familiar dating-sim archetypes. You court the girl of your choice by "writing poems" that appeal to her. Pay attention to your choices and what the girls tell you. As the game progresses the cute facade slowly cracks and it becomes more unsettling. Heed the disclaimers if you are disturbed easily. The atmosphere is effective at making you uneasy.

The website lists the playtime between 4-5 hours and there are a modest number of CGs to collect. It's the first game by Team Salvato, a new studio focused on storytelling and creativity in games. DDLC, as it's commonly abbreviated, was released on September 22 and is available for whatever price you choose on and Steam. Steam doesn't list Linux as one of the platforms, but the download from bundles the Windows and Linux builds together. The game is built on the Ren'Py engine and worked flawlessly for me.

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vermillion 18 Oct, 2017
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I've been wanting to contribute more to this great site, and when I played this over the weekend, I had to let my fellow Linux gamers know about it. Also if you've finished it,
Spoiler, click me
there's a lot of hidden secrets in the game files, and references to something called Project Libitina

Quoting: JohnReynoldsAlso my first "Visual Novel" - I doubt any others could compare. Maybe I am wrong. If anyone else is reading this who finished the game, are there any others?
The Higurashi games are similar, but I've played only the first one. It's heavy on the "novel" side, and if I remember correctly, you don't have agency to make decisions. A whole franchise was created from those.
soulsource 19 Oct, 2017
Quoting: JohnReynoldsAlso my first "Visual Novel" - I doubt any others could compare. Maybe I am wrong. If anyone else is reading this who finished the game, are there any others?

While I haven't yet played this game yet, there are some other pretty well made visual novels. Have a look at Pyre (it's marketed as an RPG, but it's pretty much a visual novel with RPG and action elements), or at Loren, the Amazon Princess (again a visual novel with RPG elements marketed as an RPG - beware, this has lots of fan-service, especially if you enable the "suggestive content" option, and also the story is rather bad at the beginning, but quickly gets better once the "just throw dozens of new characters at the player" phase is over).
EMO GANGSTER 19 Oct, 2017
oh yeah, that looks terrifying?
Anjune 19 Oct, 2017
If only they had those with more grown-up-looking characters... and without the ubiquitous microskirt school uniforms. (My Standard Reaction #1 to every other visual novel.)
fractal 19 Oct, 2017
I can unironically recommend it. I played it at night too and what a mistake that was.

The horror is more on the atmospheric side and...I'm going to use the word Lovecraftian as it shares some of its themes. For those who don't like jump scares, there's maybe a total of two jump scares, one has a setup you see a mile away and the other requires some specific conditions.

There's some clicking through before the more interesting bits happen and it plays completely like straightforward romance/dating VN, however it's worth paying attention to the conversations.

Tiny spoiler -
Spoiler, click me
Keep the game directory open and visible.

Other than that avoid spoilers as the game works best when played blind.
cRaZy-bisCuiT 19 Oct, 2017
Dear Esther is one of the best visual novels I know. But it's more artistic I guess.
calexil 19 Oct, 2017
It's fucking terrifying, Warning: LOUD!!

Last edited by calexil on 19 October 2017 at 8:49 pm UTC
stan 21 Oct, 2017
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Apparently this is some kind of fourth-wall-breaking thing like Pony Island. I’m very disappointed. Wasted hours on this before it happened :(.

Haven’t seen any horror, too.

Last edited by stan on 21 October 2017 at 8:55 am UTC
slapin 23 Oct, 2017
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But where is Linux version?
Salvatos 23 Oct, 2017
Quoting: slapinBut where is Linux version?
Bundled with the Windows copy. It runs on Ren'Py so it uses the same file, just run the .sh instead of the .exe.
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