A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and 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 will release on April 14th, 2023, but you can try the free demo now to begin the story and meet the characters! (An extended demo will launch alongside the full release next year.)

  • Genre: BL, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, Magic
  • Rating: T (13+) for suggestive themes and tobacco reference/use
    • Optional epilogues rated M (18+) for consensual sexual scenes and nudity
    • Note: If you are under the age of 18, mature content will be blocked automatically. If you are 18 or older, you can choose whether to allow or block explicit content.
  • Content Warnings: Click here to view (May Contain Spoilers)
  • Engine: Ren'Py
  • Platform: PC (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
    • Note: Due to limitations, the Mac and Linux versions have not been tested.
  • Resolution: 1268 x 952 (4:3 Aspect Ratio)
  • Language: English
  • Word Count: 120,000+ words (excludes scripting/programming language)
  • Story: Fairly Linear
    • Note: Choices affect specific scenes, dialogue, and endings. Character “routes” overlap as they share the same main story and events.
  • Dating Sim Elements: None
    • Note: There are no time management or stat-building features of any kind.
  • Blind/Visually-Impaired Accessibility: Yes
    The following alternative text will be read aloud when self-voicing is enabled by pressing “v” on your keyboard during gameplay:
    • Dialogue and Narration
    • Choices, Quick Menu text buttons, Custom GUI image buttons
    • Physical descriptions of characters when they appear for the first time
    • A phrase or description when “…!” is used to portray reactions
    • Setting and CG descriptions (when not already in narration)
  • Credits: Click here to view


     Nothing lasts forever – at least, that’s what young Lyle has come to believe. Forced to move away from home with his older brother, Lyle finds himself in a new town, far away from a painful past and heading toward a lonely future. When he finds comfort in making dolls using a mysterious sewing kit, he soon discovers that his life will be anything but lonely! Be immersed in this heartfelt tale of love and discover what it means to find yourself, no matter who, or what, is willing to lend a hand!


     Lyle (the player-character) 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?




Could Lyle fall in love with one of these dolls turned human? It's up to you! The choices you make will affect the outcome of the story and unlock beautiful CG images along the way!

  •  5 Character Romance Options
  • 9 Expressive Character Sprites
  •  50+ CG Images
  •  10+ Hours of Gameplay
  •  8 Different Endings
  • Optional 18+ Epilogues
  •  20 BGM Tracks
  • Promo Video by KotoriMWorks


Follow Doki Doki Dollmaker's development on Tumblr and Twitter to stay up-to-date on production and future releases!

More questions? Click here to visit the FAQ page. Email dokidokidollmaker@gmail.com for specific concerns or inquiries. Thank you! ♥

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(15 total ratings)
AuthorKaritsa
GenreVisual Novel
TagsAnime, Boys' Love, Comedy, LGBTQIA, Magic, Romance, Slice Of Life, Story Rich, Yaoi

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Windows/Linux Demo (5/22/22) - Doki Doki Dollmaker 499 MB
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Mac Demo (5/22/22) - Doki Doki Dollmaker 465 MB

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Um Hello May I ask is there an android version on this game it's because I love it and OH I am new to this and Iam very interested to game Iam gonna be honest I REALLY LOVE THIS SO MUCH I HOPE THERE'S AN ANDROID I CAN'T WAIT HEHE AND SORRY IT'S BECAUSE I WAS MOVE IN THIS GAME 😊😊😊😍😍😍 I HOPE READ MY COMMENT AND GOOD LUCK 😉😉😉

Hi Gracefeel,

Doki Doki Dollmaker will be available on PC only via itch. There are no plans for a mobile/Android release in the future, but if anything changes, I’ll be sure to let players know on this itch page and on Twitter @DokiDollmaker as well. 😊 Thank you so much for your interest! I’m happy that you’re excited for the project. We’re working very hard on it!

Karitsa

OH I WILL THANK YOU HEHE 😁😁😁😍😍😍

I am very much looking forwards to the full release of the game. I too have suffered the loss of a parent quite young and people find so many ways to cope. Mines was body art. This game has such an interesting concept, so much so that I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. Also, I have already picked the one I wanna romance. I have a thing for redheads!

I am eagerly waiting on the release!

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Nautinthislifetime,

Thank you so much for sharing. 💗 We’ve been working very hard on the full release and hope to bring it to you soon. I’m happy to hear that you like the concept and characters; your enthusiasm is greatly appreciated! ☺️


Karitsa

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Hi Hi Karitsa!

how is it going with 'Doki Doki Dollmaker' ? at what piont in 'progress bar' are you guys now? ;]

Any concrete date for the release?

(my 'fan girl heart' is little dried up and needs some sustenance ;PPP)

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Hi Kelsea!

I appreciate your anticipation for the project! Here’s what’s left to be done before release (as far as programming goes):

-  Implement remaining CGs (as they come in)
-  Write five 18+ epilogues
-  Code and polish five 18+ epilogues
- Apply editor-advised changes and corrections (as they come in)

Another artist, bemicat, has joined the team to help us catch up with CG production, which we were behind on. Editing will be 60% complete by the end of next month. We don’t have an official release date at this time, but will communicate it with players as soon as one becomes available! 😊

Karitsa

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thanks for letting us know^^

hang in there and thank you for all your hard work!

Of course! ☺️ Thank you for your patience and support. 🙏

I loooove it

Do you have plans to put it on steam?

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Hi NewVane!

There are no plans to release Doki Doki Dollmaker on Steam at this time, but if anything changes in the future, I’ll be sure to communicate that with players. Thanks for your interest! 😊

Karitsa

Cant waiiiiit

I’m glad you’re looking forward to the full release, MyKawaiiPanda!

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I have tried to use "Buy now" option on itch.io but it doesn't seem to work..? can you help me out and tell me what I'm doing wrong?

Hi Kelsea,

You’re not doing anything wrong! The “Buy Now” option does not work at this time because there is nothing to buy - the commercial version of the game has not been released yet. The full version will become available next year, alongside an extended demo; I hope you’ll look forward to it!

Thank you for your support. 💗

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wow... I tried the demo - it's interesting and I really hope to see the end of it :D  keep up good work^^

Reminds me of the Cute Demon Crashers^^

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Kelsea,

Thanks for trying the demo! I’m so happy to hear you’re excited for the full release. Feel free to follow the project on Twitter/Tumblr to stay up-to-date with the project’s progress!

Also, Doki Doki Dollmaker’s artist is the same as Cute Demon Crashers; looks like you recognized Dejinyucu’s art! 😊

ahh.... so that's why I though I saw Keal's and Orias' eyes in some of the characters and the general 'feel' ot them^^ I'm so happy! (I love the little game they made;)))

I also makes me 'pumped up' for the one you are working on^^ I have high hopes but you don't need to feel pressured - I like the demo very much (it's good and balanced) so do your own thing and the way you see fit;]] 

Simply put: realise your dream version of it -  it would be great^^

Sorry mates

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Dolls Dolls Dolls!

Here's my playthrough for all to explore, Enjoy ! 

**You are invited to explore a BL Visual Novel like no other!**

Karitsa

It was a pleasure to explore (a sweet beginning) to the world of a BL Visual Novel. I loved the characters especially the way we are subjected to multiple emotions and feelings. Lyle is very personable as the Main Character; Was he gifted special abilities for his dolls or is it a curse from the 'friendly' Old toy man? The way his personal experience easily tied together a story is something most Visual Novels are lacking so super brownie points to all the details you've taken time to add and represent in your BL. 

Overall? 

Please Please Please FOLLOW SHARE and SUPPORT Karitsa in their BL Visual Novel endeavors! 

Links are provided RIGHT HERE!

https://twitter.com/dokidollmaker

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/karitsa/doki-doki-dollmaker-a-heartfelt-bl-...

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Marlonplays,

Thanks for checking out the demo and sharing your play through! I enjoyed watching your video; the commentary was entertaining and I caught myself laughing at many of your responses. I especially enjoyed your reaction to the dolls! Kahvel isn't often a first-choice, so it was cool to see someone gravitate toward him like you did.

I sincerely appreciate your kind words about the project and would love to watch your full play through someday!

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I adore this game!

I can't wait for the full release and I rarely ever pay for visual novels, but this is so interesting that I just have to. I mean, take my money!

The character designs are so pretty and vibrant, I love how you can get an input into their personalities through the way they dress and their facial and even their facial structure. 

I can't wait to get to know them all. 

Only downside is that they are all so amazing, I don't know how I'll be able to choose. Guess, I'll playing for a long, long time then. Gotta get every boy some love!

I also love how Lyle actually has personality and troubles whereas some novels make the MC really bland and 2 dimensional just to go more in-depth with the love interests. You can tell a visual novel is going to be good when they put effort into the psyche of the MC.

I also like how instead of completely focusing on the love interests, the story (of what I have seen in the demo) sheds light and builds on Lyle's other relationships (Tilly, Cole) and also the dynamic between the dolls.

I eagerly await the full game and any updates about it in the meantime!

Amazing work! 

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Eviepuss,

I'm glad you enjoyed playing the demo and are excited to learn more about the characters! Although the story is fairly linear (with choices affecting specific scenes, dialogue, and endings), I'm sure the unique moments with each doll will make your repeat-plays equally enjoyable! If you've fallen for all five dolls, you may want to aim for the "full group" good ending - it's difficult to obtain, but the bonus scene is worth it.

Thank you for your kind words about Lyle's character and the story. Doki Doki Dollmaker is romance-focused, but it's also a coming-of-age story. Lyle is trying to adapt to his new environment, cope with loss, and learn about himself as he enters a new stage in his life. You will find that his relationships with Cole, Tilly, and Mr. Mendoza can be just as important to his growth as his relationship with the dolls. I'm happy to hear that these aspects of the story are a welcome addition to the script!

Thanks again for your lovely comment and support!

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I played the Demo and am very excited to play the full game when it comes out! the visuals are amazing, the style of each character is perfect, with so many expressions and lovely dialogue! I recorded myself playing the demo and I gush over just how much I love it. Proud to say I am backing this project on kickstarter! 

Faelel,

Thanks for downloading the demo and sharing your play through! I already mentioned this on Twitter, but I laughed every time you lovingly scolded Lyle, calling him "child" - too cute! I appreciate you sharing your video here on itch as well for those who might have missed it. Happy to have you as a backer on Kickstarter and looking forward to seeing more videos in the future - thanks for your support!

I've first heard about this project years ago when it was barely started, and I was immediately drawn in by the colorful designs of all the dolls 😊 Needless to say, it was very exciting to finally be able to play a demo!!

I gotta say I had a lot of fun playing it, thank god I was home alone because I kept cackling like an idiot at everyone's antics!

I definitely didn't expect Tilly (Lyle's new friend) to be so chaotic but I have to say I love her 🤣 She's a bit of a klutz but every scene she's in is just hilarious so I can't wait to see more of her in the full game!

As for the love interests... Well, as a tsundere-lover, I am extremely partial to Torin 😔😔 The protectiveness of that boy was enough to make me a goner from the very beginning 😭 Rook is also way too cute for this world, and I definitely hope we get to brush Desifer's hair at some point during his route 😉

I have good hopes for the future of this game since the script is complete and most of what's missing is just art assets! I'll be crossing fingers for the campaign, and hopefully we'll get to have the full game in our hands by the end of 2021 🥰

I would definitely recommend trying out the demo to anyone who enjoys cute, light-hearted BL stories! 

Cyrelly,

Thank you for continuing to follow the project throughout its years of development! I'm happy to hear that the demo was worth the wait for you and hope the full release will exceed your expectations. I will continue to work hard and make Doki Doki Dollmaker the very best it can be!

I appreciate you sharing your experience playing the demo; it brings me so much joy as a writer and developer to hear that I've been able to make you laugh! I also love that you were able to connect with the characters the way you have. Although I can't guarantee that you'll be able to brush Desifer's hair in the full version, I can promise that there will be some surprisingly wholesome moments with him!

Thanks again for playing the demo and supporting the project!