Doki Doki Ragnarok is a dating sim that falls into the “ridiculously silly” dating sim subgenre. I feel certain that most people would realize that by the title and art style, but on the off-chance you didn’t, it’s probably the main thing you need to know. You’re not romancing gods or goddesses, or even humans of either gender. Instead, you’re raiding villages and attempting to romance them. Yes, you read that right; you’re literally attempting to romance villages, and occasionally dealing with minor encounters, such as with a villager or a goat.
The art is bright and stylish, and really works well for the tone and atmosphere of the game. This is a game that’s trying to make you laugh, and it’s definitely not taking itself too seriously. The writing is pretty clever, which is important, because they’re definitely trying to make you laugh. You’re definitely going to get a little more mileage out of the jokes if you’re a fan of Norse stuff, however. There’s no voice acting, which is fine in and of itself, but I think the game definitely would have benefitted from at least a narrator character. Your character will make the occasional grunt, designed to express some form of emotion, but these didn’t work at all for me, and I pretty quickly ended up disabling them. Speaking of characters, while there’s only three, they definitely are attempting to be inclusive, giving you a clear male, female and NB option, and you can mix your pronouns as you see fit, which is definitely going to be a plus for some of you. I will never penalize a game for any attempt at inclusivity in player charater options. The music is a bit generic, but works for that whole “Viking theme” soundtrack. Still, this is not a game that really requires you to have the headphones on for extra enjoyment or anything.
If you’re a fan of games like Hatoful Boyfriend, or Cthulhu Dating Simulator, where absurdity is part of the attraction factor, you’re almost certainly going to enjoy this particular take on the Viking era. If you’re looking for something more traditionally close to what a dating simulator is, you’re going to want to pass. For my money though, this one’s definitely worth going a-Viking
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