You have been invited to attend a magical school. You can make new friends, learn spells, face exams, run for class office, and try to find a date for the May Day Ball.
User reviews: Very Positive (441 reviews)
Release Date: May 31, 2012

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"A dating sim with a mini-game interlaced. When you're not touching everyones' butts, you're learning spells and completing magic tests."
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"It really feels like it could be the start of something big; through conversations with people and lessons during class, you get peeks at something that could expand into a remarkably big and well developed fantasy universe, and it seems we've only just dipped our toe into it." - Jay Is Games

"Weird barely begins to cover it. Magical Diary is an indie, Japanese style adventure (though not actually from Japan) that’s a little bit visual novel, a little bit RPG, and a whole heck of a lot of Harry Potter. Luckily, it’s also really good fun." - Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

You have been invited to attend a magical school. Here you can make new friends, learn dozens of spells, face exams in the school dungeons, run for class office, and try to find a date for the May Day Ball. But be careful! You might end up in detention, be lured into a secret society, be forced to marry your professor, or even be expelled!

Key Features

  • Design your own character
  • Pursue friendship or romance with male and female characters
  • All puzzles have multiple solutions
  • Over seventy spells to learn
  • Unlock secret plotlines and events
  • Highly replayable – make different decisions for a completely new story

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX compatible card
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.4
    • Processor:1 GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    Minimum:
    • Processor:1 GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    • Note: 32-bit compatibility libraries required on AMD64 and x86-64
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I kissed a girl and I liked it.

9/10

Would kiss again.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
I love the replay value to this game. I'm on my third play through and am finding new things each time. It's very simple, enjoyable game, especially if you love dating sims. The "exams" are a fun twist, and I kind of wish there were more of them (you learn all kinds of spells but never get to use most of them).

My only real note is that there are parts that do feel a little too passive-- info dump parts, or places I have no control over my character or the storyline-- that are a little annoying in the next couple of play throughs and make you very happy for the fast forward button. I just wish the game was just a little more interactive, especially with the creation of your character (you can choose appearance, but no other characteristics). It would be great if there were sequels with the remaining school years, because the end feels a little sudden to me.

I'd definitely recommend this game, but I'd also recommend waiting to get it on sale. Even considering the replay value, it's a very short game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
I really enjoyed the characters and story in this, and the variety of different choices and outcomes is pretty impressive!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Really nice visual novel, story line is decent and sometimes genuinely surprising. The friendship elements are just as well written and important as the romance options and finishing the game without a date is actually a viable option.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the artwork at first, but it grows on you.
I've done all but one of the endings with my current play time, deffinitely worth the money I paid (I bought when it was on sale though).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I Love this game! I wish there were more! All the way to graduation maybe?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I actually played through this.....
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
If you like visual novels you are sure to like this one too. Kinda like Harry Potter in a free range school style. Some of the tests check your brain power to finish them. Overall quite worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This game is perfect for anyone who has played Long Live the Queen! So much fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
277.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I don't know why I adore this game so much... I just do... I really recommend this for casual gamers like myself. It's fun, and definitely worth the money :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I liked this game quite a lot. I've played through twice and discovered a great deal more depth to the story if you explore some of the romance-type options. I do wish the game was longer; I hoped you'd get to play though the whole 4-year school experience, as it felt like the game ended just as my character was starting to become more well-rounded and powerful. I appreciated the diversity among npcs as well as the option to pursue romances with males or females, as you prefer. I definitely recommend it, although you might want to wait for it to go on sale.
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2 of 13 people (15%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I am really upset. I bought this game and i want to play it but it seems everytime i open the game is loads up the menu and before it loads all the way it turns black and is still playing the music but i cant see it. Its really starting to get on my nerves because i cant even click create new game before the screen turns black on me. Did anyone else have this problem?
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4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
I liked parts of this game and disliked other parts.

Pros:
- Different & unique romance options! I loved that I could go for one of my female roommates. :)
- You get to customize your characters hair, eyes, and body type. This makes the protagonist feel more "yours."
- The characters get put in absolutely hilarious situations.
- Your choices in the plot certainly have a big impact and can lead you to many different routes, so replay value is deifnitely there.
- The "magical school" setting is unique compared to some other dating sims.

Cons:
- I felt like the personality traits were worthless. I saw no point in getting points in the "cute/weird/smart" categories because they don't seem to affect anything.
- The magical tests never seem to get interesting/complex.
- Art was subpar. The characters all look similar in the face and their appearance doesn't change a whole lot. It starts to feel monotonous.
- There are huuuuge chunks of dialogue/description with no pictures sometimes, which gets annoying. With such a cool, magical setting, I would expect to actually see some of the magic going on. Unfortunately, you never do. This is what makes this dating sim way less enjoyable than ones like Dandelion, which go above and beyond with scenery and drawing out pivotal scenes. The only time Magical Diary shows you a picture to go with a scene is if you kiss somebody, which for me, was only twice.

Overall: If you tend to like visual novels or dating sims, this one is worth a try, especially if you value the choice to either date men or women. However, don't expect this game to knock your socks off. It's entertaining, but somewhat underwhelming at times.
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92 of 99 people (93%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Kissed a Plush Bunny. Kissed a fairy. Had a lesbian relationship. Offered my soul to a demon. Had to go to detention a few times. Got my bra thrown around in the cafeteria. Got spanked by a teacher. Accidentally married said teacher. Got my memories taken by said teacher.

Lifesimulator/10
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
My line of thinking for this game:

I'll only play for a couple hours till I get the cards.
Oh, heck, might as well get these easy achievements.
These little dungeon exams are actually kind of cool...
My demon boyfriend just did what?? Nu-uh, not on my watch.
...
5 hours later, all achievements complete, I put on my robe and wizard hat. Don't ♥♥♥♥ with me ♥♥♥♥♥, I'm the mightiest sorceress of the lands.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
This is a very decent game. 9/10
This is basically a game about getting yourself (girl) a boyfriend or girlfriend
Which also includes puzzle solving, dungeon exploring, role playing and taking lessons to level your magic level up
It took me 6 hours to finish only one part of the storyline and it's great
It uses the same VN engine for Long Live The Queen
Even though you might not like the look of characters in this game
You should really try this due to its excellent entertaining plot
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
The default character's name is Mary Sue. 10/10
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Ok I'm not going to lie, if I saw this 2 months back I would think,
"Nope boring, don't like dating sims,"
Then I bought Dandelion Wishes Brought to You, and it opened my eyes to how funny and sweet these games are, their not just so silly girls fantasy, most of them have a really good story and good/funny charters that you can't help but fall in love with.
And this is another, I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did but I love it, I have laughed so much from this game it hurts and yes tears have fallen from my eyes.
The art style might not be the best but it's simple and that's nice.
I now love dating simes because most of the time they have a better story then some shooters or other games, and the best part is that their is more then one story, since there is different charters everyone will have thier favourites and their least favourite which is the best part. (My favourite is Damien, what can I say deamon boys capture my heart hahah :3 )
So if you want to have a laugh and not rage quit buy this game I will garentie that at least a part of this game will make you laugh, if it doesn't well done to you, because I'm in stiches. :3
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A charming, well-written dating sim. Obviously created by a smal team on a budget, but the characters an the storylines make up for it. Awesome depictions of female frienship and solidarity, which is rare in this genre. Highly Reccomended.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
At first glance I thought this game would be an ironic adventure just for laughs...

And then this game made me legitimately choose to willingly give up my soul.

10/10, also Ellen is pretty damn cute, recommended~
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
A little bit RPG, a little bit school sim, and a dash of dating sim drawn together with an anime art style. Look out Hogwarts, the U.S.A. has its own school of magic. You take on the role of a female protagonist starting her first year in this visual novel style game. Basically, this is a Choose Your Own Adventure or Fantasy Fighting type of experience. I have a few of those game books and they are generally designed to defeat you. Magical Diary, on the other had, was more of a laid back experience and one I'm more likely to spin back up to try out the different branches that are offered. I had fun playing this and wouldn't mind seeing a sequel so that I can start my junior year.
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