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The game opens with a warning that it isn't suitable for children or people who are easily disturbed. It even provides a link to a website page that elaborates on its Surprise Creepy nature as well as its themes of depression, suicide, self harm, and abuse, and recommends that someone with serious triggers relating to such topics should avoid this game.
Monika is the club's President, and is cool, calm and mature. She gives the player advice on how to improve as a writer, helps break up disputes, and even seems to play Shipper on Deck. While this is what she's programmed to be, it turns out she hates her status as a side character who only exists to help out the player and doesn't even have a route of her own.
She does seem to be fond of the club after all, but she's frustrated enough with her situation to pull a Hostile Show Takeover so that she could romance the player. Not the player character, the player. Anything deleted from the game has its name rendered like this, as nothing but garbage text and character render errors. It also happens with the text shortly after both the death scenes, as the game glitches heavily, and Monika in the Downer Ending isn't affected, since the game is pretty much destroyed at that point.
The game's story involves Monika warping her entire reality, playing around with everyone in hopes of actually becoming the heroine of the story with her going so far as to put her own friends through Flanderizationeven seemingly killing them, for the sake of her goal. Becomes Lovecraft Lite during the fourth act, since, as a similarly-powerful Reality Warperyou can give her some serious Laser-Guided Karma for what she did. Especially so if you act as a Time Masterusing the same system to create a "Groundhog Day" Loop with which you can make all the girls happy, and, in doing so, get the Golden Ending.
It's also twisted in one way, in that the Eldritch Abomination is you, and the cultist is doing this without your knowledge, consent, or even that she is until she outright tells you. It seems like the idyllic setting of your typical harem comedy, but being the president of the Literature Club somehow makes you self-aware, and prone to having Gone Mad from the Revelationand said president is the Big Bad who wants to become the player's Love Interest by any means possible. During Monika's personal conversation with the player, she suspects that said player may actually be female, but notes it doesn't matter to her anymore.
Sayori, she wants everyone to be happy! Unfortunately, this is due to her depressive lack of self esteem making her prioritize everyone else's well-being over her own, even to the point where she drives herself to suicide doing so. In the Golden Endingshe uses her power as Club President to delete everything but the character files from the game, because the player made them all happy, and she wants to preserve them in that state.
The game allows you to spend time with one of Sayori, Natsuki, or Yuri at the beginning of each day depending on the inclination of the poem that you "compose" beforehand, complete with CG art. Though at one point, the game will have you pick between Natsuki or Yuri, and their choice will be followed, regardless of the poem on that certain day.
A Date with Rosie Palms: Mentioned and played for horror in Act 2. As Yuri undergoes Sanity Slippage and her dialogue becomes more frantic and distorted, she reveals some uncomfortable details about what she has been doing with a pen dropped by the player character.
Being a Dating Simeverything happens during the day, and almost all of the horrifying things in the game happen in bright, well-lit places while the game maintains its cheery facade. Of Breaking The Fourth Wall.
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Imagine if the character winking at the camera actually knew that their reality was all fabricated to appease the real people living in a limitless real world just behind a screen.
Monika goes against her programming to try and romance the player in an attempt to get something out of the real world.
Expressed by the player character on at least one occasion during Act 1. Oddly, this is the first time he's experienced these events. But it won't be his last time. Yuri also mentions having one when Monika rewinds the player seeing Yuri cut herself for the third time. Actually ends up a plot point ; in Act 2, Monika deliberately ratchets up the worst traits of both Yuri and Natsuki in an attempt to make herself look more appealing than either.
After Monika deletes everyone before Act 3 starts, she will call you by your character's name, and then your OS profile's name. If you're currently streaming, however, she will only call you by your character's name, then admonish you for bringing an audience along a little later, giving you a measure of privacy.
If you start a brand new game after deleting Monika's character file, the game starts with Sayori suddenly going insane and the game crashing, followed by a cut to her suicide if you open it up again. If you delete Sayori's character file instead, it just cuts straight to the image. The non- golden ending explains why this happens: Sayori, now president of the literature club, gains the knowledge about everything Monika did and knew.
If Monika is deleted before you even start, Sayori gains knowledge that everything is just a visual novel. As Sayori becomes aware that she's in a game, it drives her insane. If you try to reinsert Monika's character file into the game after she "resurrects" the other three, a message pops up from her telling you to stop playing with her heart, before the game erases it and continues as intended.
A rare scene can happen if you somehow manage to back up your save files and are able to access them when they haven't happened in the "Act" you're playing the video shows someone trying to view a scene from Act 2 while in Act 1. Monika will chastise the player for "cheating," and then restart the game.
Does This Remind You of Anything? Yuri's second poem, The Raccoon is a story about its protagonist slicing some bread to feed a raccoon simply out of curiosity. The raccoon then follows her everywhere, so she always keeps some bread and a knife ready to feed it. The first options all immediately lead to a sex scene except for the youngest female character, which immediately leads to the player getting arrested as a pedophile. The Journal Comic Doodle Diaries featured a short parody of dating sims, starring the three main characters as the love interests.
Date A Live plays this straight with the twist that the protagonist doesn't make the decision making part. Rather, it's his sister and the Ratatoskr crew aboard the Fraxinus who makes the decision making part.
Parodied in Gravity Falls with Giffany, a perky AI from a Japanese dating sim which gained sentience and became a psychotic yandere towards anyone who plays her game.
Masques and Murder is a vicious Genre Deconstruction: Flirting with Papyrus during your battle with him unlocks an optional dating sidequest. As Papyrus's never dated before, he consults a guidebook on what to do and ends up believing that you're madly in love with him even if you spend the entire date insulting him. Not only that, but his Large Ham personality leads to him treating the date as more like a competition to see who has the most "Dating Power". At the end of the date, he admits that he doesn't like you in that way and would prefer to just be friends.
The True Pacifist route includes a similar comedic "date" with Alphys at the local garbage dump. Being a bit Genre Savvyshe brings gifts intended to increase your Relationship Values with her, but they're all obviously intended for a different person, namely Undyne, who actually wrote the love letter Alphys mistakes you as the author of. The date turns into more of a pep talk session that's then unceremoniously interrupted by Undyne.
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun had a story where Mikoshiba convinced Nozaki to try a dating sim in order to try and understand girls better. However, the only character with whom Tomoda has any meaningful interaction is the main character himself, which results in the doujin unintentionally becoming Boys' Love.
Special Mentions Grand Theft Auto Oddly enough, Grand Theft Auto IV has this as a feature, complete with different places to go, activities to play, and different opinions with each and every girl. You can even meet them online on the internet and eventually have "hot coffee" with them. Your clothes, vehicle, driving skills, calling time, and amount of calling if you call too much you're a stalker, but too little and they'd think you'd forgotten them all count in to how they view you.
They remember what you have and where you go to. Each girl also has a totally different personality and interest, along with benefits if they like you enough — dating the lawyer Kiki, for instance, will allow you to get out of a wanted level of up to three stars.
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