What is Doki Doki Literature Club?
Doki Doki Literature Club (DDLC) is a game that looks like a dating game. However, it has a dark twist about 90 minutes in. Suddenly, the characters start killing themselves.
During this process, suicidal images appear on screen with one girl stabbing herself and another committing suicide by hanging. There is little narrative warning of these events.
Age requirements for Doki Doki Literature Club
Originally, the game didn’t have a physical release so didn’t legally require a PEGI rating to be sold.
However, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is available on PC, XBox, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, which means it is in a PEGI rating category.
The VSC Rating Board rates Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! as PEGI 18. This is because of graphic violence, strong language, suicide and self-harm.
On Steam, the DDLC page states: “This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.”
When you start the game, this is re-stated and you are required to confirm you are aged 13 or older. However, age-verification processes aren’t in place.
DDLC parental controls
Doki Doki Literature Club is not suitable for children. As such, it does not have any parental controls. However, you can help keep children safe online by limiting your child’s access to the game. Set parental controls on the platforms they use with these step-by-step guides:
The original Doki Doki Literature Club is free, making it easier for children to play. However, there are in-app purchases for £6.99/$6.99 that unlock optional extras, though users can still play the main game without making an online purchase.
Use the above parental controls guides to help limit in-game purchases if your child manages to play DDLC.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! is available for purchase in physical and digital formats.
As DDLC is more appropriate for adults, it isn’t recommended that children play. Therefore, the following games are good alternatives: