Safeguarding Alert - Online Video Game
Please be aware of the dangers of the online ‘horror’ game Doki Doki Literature Club. Doki Doki Literature Club is an anime-style video game that has been downloaded between two and five million times since it was released in September 2017.
Described as a "visual novel", it features a boy who joins a high school poetry society and grows close to four teenage girls. While it appears to be a cute "dating sim" game, it opens with the warning: "This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed."
Players follow the story and interact with the characters by chatting and writing poems.
The interactions take a dark turn as the girls become obsessive, and the story contains disturbing references to violence, self-harm and mental health issues and a scene in which a character's neck snaps.
A number of alternative endings are available depending on the player's input.