Posts Tagged ‘Academagia’

School’s in: Hogwarts sim Academagia is on Steam

Academagia [official site] originally came out seven years ago, when Kieron ‘Funny Pages’ Gillen described it as “a scarily deep Princess Maker with Wizards”. It’s a Hogwarts simulator, in which you play the role of one of the new kids at a school for magical sorts, and have to go to classes, learn magicks and other things, make friends (and enemies), and involve yourself in plots and adventures. Primarily text-based, it’s a massive, complex life sim in which character creation is so baffling and time-consuming that I’ve never actually started the game.

Maybe now is the time. The “definitive” version is on Steam, bringing an interface overhaul, all existing DLC, and plenty of bugfixes.

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School’s Out! Academagia Demo Released

It's like school re-interpreted as piloting a submarine, or something.

Hogwarts-simulator-in-all-but-name Academagia now has a demo out! And dear lord, this game is every bit as in-depth as Kieron described in his awesome impressions article. I was laughing out loud at the endlessness of character creation, not to mention some of the skills. Greengrocery? How important is greengrocery to a young wizard? Just how bad is the dining hall food? Should I put the points in gossip instead? Or a familiar? A rat? A cat? A bat?
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Pottering About: Academagia Impressions

We were sent a copy of Academagia pre-release, and it was rapidly filed in RPS’ “Kieron’s Sort Of Thing” dumper. I had a look at it, bounced off the surface and made a note to return to it, ideally when a demo was out. Since then, we’ve had a steady string of people asking what we made of it, so I manned up, read the tutorials and headed back to Mage College. Because that’s what it is. Academagia is, basically, a complicated Life-Simulator set at a Hogwarts style School. Think Princess Maker with Wizards of Kudos with cantrips. And, frankly, a scarily deep Princess Maker with Wizards.
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