magical-diary
Metacritic: 60/100
Release: Jun 2011
Reviewed on: PC

Magical Diary

Site Score
9.0
Good: Harry Potter feel – Romance, battles and puzzles – Price to content ratio
Bad: Fairly weak story because of its less linear approach to the genre
User Score
7.4
(8 votes)
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Magical Diary is a visual novel that takes place in a magical school and almost feels like something out of Harry Potter (although with much more opportunity for romance). The game also has enemies to battle, spells to learn and plenty of character customisation.

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The game was developed by Hanako Games and has the player exploring their new home, a magical school. The game follows your adventures as a witch in this school and like other visual novels lets the player decide exactly where the story goes. With multiple ways to approach every decision and puzzle there is plenty of grey areas between good witch and bad witch for players to explore.

One of the best features in Magical Diary is the ability to customise and design your own character from the start. This includes setting your name, hair style, hair colour, facial features, eye colour and body type. There are very few games in the visual novel genre that offer this same level of customisation which definitely helps you feel more connected to your anime style character.

Once you’ve settled on your look your options within the game are equally impressive with plenty of opportunities for players to immerse themselves in this magical world. In Magical Diary you can focus on making new friends, attempt an exam in the school dungeon, run for class president or find your dream date for the upcoming May Day Ball.

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Exams are definitely one of the most enjoyable aspects and it’s easy to put all of your time into this part of the game alone. These exams offer a mixture of battles against ferocious monsters and puzzles which require careful thinking (and spells) to overcome.

If you prefer your visual novels with a touch of action and prefer to create your own adventure rather than being limited to a more linear story then Magical Diary is easily the best game for you. It offers a lot for the genre and sets a standard that other games should look to follow.

Summary:

  • Explore a world of magic and romance.
  • Fun school exams filled with battles and puzzles.
  • Design your own character for the story.
  • Huge amount of freedom to create your own adventure.
  • The very best that the visual novel genre has to offer.

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Magical Diary, 7.4 out of 10 based on 8 ratings
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