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Academagia (Windows)

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Academagia is a simulator of a life of a first-year student that combines both elements of choose-your-adventure text games as well as an RPG-like training of skills needed to complete your adventures or succeed in random events that may happen to you during your stay. Forging friendships, currying favor with your instructors, learning the magic arts and unlocking hidden skills and locations will play a major part in how well goes your first year.

Adventures and training to complete them is the main point of the game. Adventures are entirely text based (but some have illustrations) and can vary in importance - from helping your friend to get a better grade to helping your headmaster protect Academagia - but all have several parts and several paths to complete them. A large mix of well trained skills is crucial to be able to choose the surest path to emerge victorious, but even an untrained student can use magic or perform the adventure in an enchanted location to boost their skills high enough to succeed. A success in any step of an adventure will often provide some minor benefit to your character and those who finish all parts of a single adventure will gain some major bonus. Failure, on the other hand, will cause harm that could be often rested away, and you may still have the option to retry when you are better prepared. Overall there are over 100 adventures that are unlocked depending on the college you enroll in, your familiar, the class you take, the friends you make as well as other, hidden factors. Going on adventures, encountering any of the 800 random events, as well as studying lore all reveal a glimpse of the magical world in which Academagia is located.

The 80 different boys and girls of Academagia can be helpful or hostile. Some bullies may attack and steal from you without provocation, while other students may try to befriend you and help you on their own accord. Diplomacy and classroom politics could be just as important to you as your academic studies. Each student is unique in their attitude, preferences, abilities and benefits they provide if you form a close friendship.

Students can amplify their many spells with a very large host of magical components, learn to forge helpful items, earn money to buy useful equipment and perform many more actions as they learn and grow as young wizards.

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Academagia Windows You have a large inventory, including items on your person, in your knapsack and safely stored in your wardrobe. Every item has an explanation displayed on the right.
Academagia Windows Uh oh. Gloria has a duel scheduled for Friday! Good thing she planned on casting Snowstorm on her opponent on Thursday - that should soften her enemy up!
Academagia Windows Character creation is done through a story-like process where every aspect of your childhood is examined. There are about ten of these stages with scores of options.
Academagia Windows A random event. This time your skills (either Botany or Persuasion) will decide the outcome. However, the red font means they're very likely to backfire badly. Zelus will need to train more later.

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A lot of potential, but in dire need of improvement Alex Z (1063) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

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GameZebo Aug 13, 2010 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
411mania.com Jan 10, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
GamingTrend 2010 81 out of 100 81
Game Shark Sep 15, 2010 B 75
Brash Games Jan 03, 2011 6 out of 10 60
GameElite.se Mar 17, 2011 5 out of 10 50
ZTGameDomain Jan 16, 2011 4.4 out of 10 44

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Alex Z (1063) added Academagia (Windows) on Jan 16, 2012