A lot of people have written a lot about this game already, and aside from the general sentiment that You Must Play It and the knowledge that Something Dark Happens And Then It All Goes Sideways, I’ve managed to avoid all spoilers and plot points. So I won’t be sharing them here.
All I will say is the same as I knew going into the game: Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel about a literature appreciation club in a Japanese high school, and then… it is less so.
I can’t tell you much more. It starts out exactly how you’d expect this sort of title to, and for an hour or so aside from the niggling feeling that some of the characters are a little off-kilter you’d not suspect the direction it veers sharply off in. The title screen telling you it’s not a game for children and the trigger warning it gives you should go some way to explaining.
Should you play it? Yes, absolutely. Not least because it’s free, but also because I know you want to know what happens now, right?