Doki Doki Literature Club is free-to-play, visual novel online game that begins like a ‘cute, romantic novel’. A boy joins a high school literature society and grows close to four teenage girls – before a twist takes players into a psychological horror plot. Players take the role of the boy and interact with the characters (Natsuki, Monika, Sayori and Yuri) by chatting and writing poems. The game, developed by Salvato and launched in 2017, is believed to have been downloaded more than two million times in the first four months. The game has come under scrutiny in the UK media after a father said he felt the game had ‘dragged his son in’ and contributed to his death in Greater Manchester in early 2018. Police and the coroner investigating the 15-year-old’s death have urged parents to be vigilant and called the game a ‘risk to children and young people’. Some game reviewers have even described Doki Doki Literature Club as ‘one of the scariest games they have ever played’. Click here to see the NOS Guidance for Parents and Carers