Release Date: TBA
Platforms: PC via Itch.io (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Doki Doki Dollmaker is an in-development boys love (BL or BxB) visual novel. Make decisions on behalf of Lyle to steer the story in different directions and experience multiple endings. The full game is scheduled to release at the end of 2021, but you can try the demo right now to begin the story and meet the characters!
Lyle must move away with his older brother Cole after the sudden and unfortunate passing of their parents. To occupy his mind during the long road trip to their new home, Lyle makes five plush dolls using some leftover materials found in an old sewing kit. Due to the magical properties of the sewing kit and Lyle’s cry for help (brought about by loss, unfamiliarity, and bullying at school), the dolls come to life!
The narrative focuses around Lyle and his relationship with the five dolls. He has a lot to teach them, but there’s a lot he can learn from them too. This heartfelt love story is also a coming-of-age story with several overarching plots; Lyle must adapt to his new environment, cope with loss, strengthen his relationship with his brother, discover his sexual orientation, and overcome gender stereotypes, all while teaching five curious dolls about the world. His relationship with the dolls is a complicated one. After all, he plays multiple roles: creator, teacher, and companion. He wasn’t planning to add “boyfriend” to that list, but who knows! Will it be love at first stitch?
- A Demo available to play for free!
- Five Character Romance Options
- Planned 50+ CG Images
- Planned 10+ Hours of Gameplay
- 8 Different Endings
- 20 BGM Tracks
- Promo Video
Quick Demo Impressions: From the short demo I’ve played, right off the bat, I’m immediately captivated by the game’s impressive art style. I exceptionally love the vibrant colors used! The sprites were very anime-esque (which is my cup of tea when it comes to VNs), and I like the main protagonist’s change of clothes. The introduction already emits that coming-of-age, a slice-of-life motif which I believe, this title is thematically going for.
I thought its premise was actually intriguing. I mean, who doesn’t fantasize about having five handsome dolls coming to life for you to romance, right?!🤣 (cackles) It slightly reminded me of the manga Absolute Boyfriend (Zettai Kareshi), which is btw one of my all-time fav classics by Watase Yuu sensei. As a BL game, I’m definitely curious how each story will pan out in every route for Doki Doki Dollmaker! Count me interested!
Don’t forget to support Doki Doki Dollmaker on their Kickstarter page here!