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Oct 12th 2017 at 7:53:05 PM

The game is blowing up right now. Will this be the next Undertale? Anyway, let's discuss about this short and sweet game.

Also the game is free either on Steam or itch.io try it guys, you won't be disappointed.

Surgeon's Warning : This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed.

SgtRicko from Guam, USA Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Oct 12th 2017 at 9:39:45 PM

Ive heard there’s a paid version out there. Is it worth paying for whatever the extra content is?

Would you believe I never fully watched the original Indiana Jones trilogy? I gotta correct that someday.
DarkDestruction Emperor of Muay Thai from 'neath the underwater skies Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
Emperor of Muay Thai
Oct 12th 2017 at 10:20:26 PM

Ah, good timing. I was persuaded by my friends to try this visual novel out just yesterday.

It's definitely unsettling and disquieting. I'm past the point where Sayori hanged herself, and the blatant distortion of game assets that worsen as you play is somewhat reminiscent of Amnesia's madness mechanic (IIRC).

And as a student coder myself, it's interesting to see the devs actually integrating story and gameplay by having Monika's attempts to tamper with the game's code be visible in an exception description in the traceback.txt file.

Don't stop, just proceed, 'cause this is what you need-proceed, just proceed, 'cause this is what you need!
Oct 13th 2017 at 12:37:48 AM

If you donate $10 or more in the itch.io page of the game you get some extras :

- The complete DDLC Official Soundtrack with 24 tracks, including remixes, bonus tracks, sketches, and song variants not included in the game

- High-resolution wallpapers of in-game art for desktop and mobile

- DDLC Concept Art Booklet which includes concept art and developer notes, providing insight into early stages of development

The author says that the game is just a side project and never intended to be a full one, that's why it's kinda short.

edited 13th Oct '17 12:38:43 AM by StriderVM

Kayeka World's biggest wannabe from Amsterdam Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
Oct 13th 2017 at 7:38:48 AM

This should probably go under Visual Novels as opposed to Video Games, but whatever, I'm no mod.

Played it, and once I got halfway through recommended it to my friend who can also appreciate a good VN. Finished it last Monday, bought the fanpack.

It's probably not going to be the next Undertale, mostly due to how it needs to be experienced spoiler-free, but I'm glad I could get in on this on release day.

edited 13th Oct '17 7:39:02 AM by Kayeka

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Oct 13th 2017 at 8:56:14 AM

Oh I didn't even notice about the Visual Novel part. My apologies. Perhaps a mod could move it?

Well, I was just comparing since Undertale did have a similar idea, give a pretense of a simple game, and put all the unique stuff afterwards. And it's free.

SgtRicko from Guam, USA Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
Oct 13th 2017 at 10:06:43 AM

I say keep the thread here. It's better that the game gains more readers here rather then on the usual page, where probably everyone there either already heard of or played it.

Would you believe I never fully watched the original Indiana Jones trilogy? I gotta correct that someday.
Oct 16th 2017 at 12:13:00 AM

Might as well put some random memes about the game. tongue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muCa1hxg5Pk

Oct 16th 2017 at 12:57:15 AM

Finished it last night. That first hour or so really drags, especially since I'm not too into cutesy anime stuff, but when it gets going, holy shit. I can't stop thinking about it. I think I'll have to replay it again soon...

Oct 16th 2017 at 5:32:49 AM

I've only just started, but i'd be just as happy if the game stayed Cute Girl Poetry Simulator 2017. I like cute girls and i like the discussion of writing. Sayori is totally right when she says writing is like magic.

However, because i know something three buses, a long walk and eight quid in a taxi from good is coming, its causing me to look at every line of dialogue like it might be deceptively sinister. Even apart from the poems, which are already odd by the second round, but little lines like the PC lecturing Sayori about guilt and Monika warning not to let anything happen to Sayori.

But the fact that none of those things would be terribly out of place in a normal cutesy VN and that its all played so straight are to the game's credit i think.

Any sound can shake the air. My voice shakes the heart!
Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
Oct 31st 2017 at 12:16:12 AM

Just beat the game, more or less. I was so angry with Monika throughout the whole thing and was looking forward to erasing her at the end but I've been sitting in her room for the past hour because everything about her is just so fascinating to me. What is she? How did she get here? How does she know all these things? Exacerbating matters is that all of her advice is really good and she makes many fascinating observations.

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DarkDestruction Emperor of Muay Thai from 'neath the underwater skies Relationship Status: RelationshipOutOfBoundsException: 1
Emperor of Muay Thai
Oct 31st 2017 at 12:25:37 AM

Monika is implied to have started out similarly to the other main characters - her self awareness and meta knowledge of the player's presence isn't immediately apparent until after some time post Sayori's suicide.

Don't stop, just proceed, 'cause this is what you need-proceed, just proceed, 'cause this is what you need!
Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
Oct 31st 2017 at 12:55:54 AM

Went ahead and beat the game. A truly beautiful ending to an amazing game.

It's fascinating to know that apparently its the position of being the president of the Literature Club that confers all of the power and meta-knowledge, seeing as how Sayori knew all about the player's efforts and all. Also, Monika is apparently still around in some capacity seeing as how she played that song she was writing for the player over the credits.

Also, Monika clearly knew what was going on from the start. It just doesn't become apparent until she reveals that she knows of the player's conversation with Sayori and then you go back and read some of her dialogue with this in mind.

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Oct 31st 2017 at 12:59:49 AM

Yeah there is a ton of foreshadowing about what Monika knows.

I've been meaning to replay this to try and get the best ending. Maybe I'll give it a shot tomorrow.

Any sound can shake the air. My voice shakes the heart!
Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
Oct 31st 2017 at 1:00:27 AM

It's 100% worth it. Just do yourself a favor and grab a guide for the poetry parts so you don't have to save scum so much.

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PhysicalStamina Relationship Status: It's so nice to be turned on again
Oct 31st 2017 at 8:09:04 AM

Should I bother with the game even though I kinda spoiled myself already?

Zelenal The Cat Knows Where It's At from Purrgatory Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
The Cat Knows Where It's At
Oct 31st 2017 at 8:33:23 AM

It's definitely best if you go in blind but I'd say it's worth it. After all, it's completely free and it'll only take you maybe 5 hours to 100% it.

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EpicBleye Snuggle Time! from the moon. send help. Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Snuggle Time!
Oct 31st 2017 at 10:19:31 AM

If spoiling the game ruined it, then it wouldnt be getting nearly as much praise. The game is good because it creates a very disturbing atmosphere and the characters are all surprisingly deep and well thought out.

I mean, the game even straight up tells you what its about.

Also, did you get the true ending Zelenal? Or just the standard one?

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PhysicalStamina Relationship Status: It's so nice to be turned on again
Oct 31st 2017 at 1:38:12 PM

[up][up]Wait, free? For real?

danime91 Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Oct 31st 2017 at 1:39:52 PM

[up]Yup, it's free, which is the only reason I'd even consider giving this a shot. You can get it for like 10 bucks to support the dev and get some extra goodies, but the game itself is free.

PhysicalStamina Relationship Status: It's so nice to be turned on again
Oct 31st 2017 at 6:20:51 PM

Welp, I do'd it. Thought I'd turn the lights off after a while (Halloween and all that), and, uh... I think I'll pick back up tomorrow. In the daylight.

Nov 1st 2017 at 7:28:48 AM

There are people in Japan playing the game on twitch. I wonder if a fan Japanese patch will be made. smile

cake1 Welcome to the Literature club! from A parallel universe Relationship Status: TV Tropes ruined my love life
Welcome to the Literature club!
Nov 3rd 2017 at 12:55:28 PM

I started playing this game yesterday but still haven't gotten to the disturbing parts, although I've already spoiled myself on some of the main plot points because I'm a scaredy-cat. tongue The "typical" anime schoolgirl stuff (I'm assuming it's typical for its genre, I don't read that many visual novels) is cute, but also kind of interesting with its foreshadowing. In particuar, Yuri's comment about how her favorite Horror writers "use the audience's total lack of imagination to throw them in for a loop" was amusing, if not a little too tongue-in-cheek. Monika's poem made it obvious what her deal was, although I don't think it would have been so clear if I hadn't been informed that there was a "twist" beforehand. I was intrigued by some of the slightly eerie touches, like when words such as "massacre" start appearing during the poem selection minigames.

edited 3rd Nov '17 1:12:16 PM by cake1

The ink flows into a dark puddle, just move your hand- write the way into his heart
Nov 7th 2017 at 7:12:14 AM

I looked a bit and found that there's a Japanese Let's Play started at Nicovideo. If you want to watch and don't have an account, try a redirector like this one : http://www.mmcafe.com/nico.html Some of the commenters are unconvinced by the warning at the beginning. Others ask if this is a cursed game or something like that. And someone mention Chica at the mention of cupcakes. XD

NEO from Qrrbrbirlbel Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
Nov 9th 2017 at 7:22:18 PM

Just got to the credits roll.

That was an intense trip. Congratulations to all those involved.

No regret shall pass over the threshold!

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