DOKI DOKI LITERATURE CLUB! is a free new game from Dan Salvato. In this charming visual novel, the player takes on the role of the most recent member of their high school’s literature club. It’s a place to explore new interests, discover hidden passions, and meet really cute girls! DOKI DOKI LITERATURE CLUB! has turned out to be the biggest surprise of 2017, and has already built up an intense cult following thanks to its deft writing, colorful cast, and much more. There’s just too much to like about this game to mention in a single review, so instead, the Crossfader staff has gathered here to share what they appreciated most about DDLC!
Ed Dutcher, Video Games Editor
I love the cast, of course! Each of the four members of the Literature Club are wonderfully realized and have a surprising amount of depth. You’ll never learn all there is to know about them in a single playthrough, so there’s plenty of incentive to replay the game multiple times. The characters you can choose from cover a broad spectrum of personalities: Sayori is a lovable klutz with a sensitive side, Yuri’s timid demeanor belies an intense love for the creative arts, and Monika is the archetypal queen bee whose popularity as club president sometimes overshadows her own wealth of talents. That being said, my favorite girl is Natsuki, hands down! She’s the youngest member of the club and is super kawaii, with her pink hair, cupcakes, and poems about animals. To get to know this side of her, however, you first need to get past her prickly tsundere exterior. There’s so many other treasures like this to discover in DDLC; it’s a mesmerizing world I can see myself getting stuck in forever!
Angelo Rivera, Contributor
I was especially fascinated that Salvato put so much effort into every little detail of the writing. Whether it’s Monika’s exceptionally cheerful writing tips, the self-aware, silly fourth wall breaks, or the strange and out-of-place subtleties and clues littered throughout the game’s numerous poems, everything is so clearly and fully defined. There are so many little bits and pieces that, to the undiscerning eye, would simply go unnoticed; if anything, it proves that Salvato and his team are the real deal, spending a painstaking two years in secrecy to develop a product that would absolutely wow whatever audience they had in mind. The poetry in the game is particularly impressive, covering a few distinct styles that do a fantastic job of solidifying each character’s identity. It’s a fantastic touch, considering that players will be spending all of their time getting to know these lovely ladies, and it makes it much easier to piece together how the girls will react when you choose specific words during the poetry minigame.
Jonathan Farah, Contributor
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Steven Porfiri, Contributor
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