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.
Release Date: May 31, 2012

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"Interesting visual novel with some RPG elements. Experience the school life of the witch Mary Sue - a female Harry Potter. C&C with high replay value!"

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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
46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
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, they're 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 are 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 guarantee 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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38 of 45 people (84%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
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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25 of 30 people (83%) found this review helpful
96.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
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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63 of 96 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I kissed a girl and I liked it.

9/10

Would kiss again.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I own every game by this company that is avaliable on Steam and I think this one is my favourite. I love how while it's a visual novel, it has an RPG "feel" to it with the dungeons. It's a lot of fun and there are many different endings. You can be straight or not, or even go for the teacher! (Kinky).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
With the addition of the Magic System, this studio has managed something truly astounding:

This game is at the same time insultingly simple, and yet an absolute mess of trial and error gameplay.




In General, Dating Sims of any kind get measured by an different standard compared to most games. At its best the Genre is Character Development/Discovery condensed. Saddly most studios use that excuse to release sub-par titles with little to no imagination and even less effort, and while Magical Diary may not lack the latter, it definetly lacks imagination.


The Characters: Copy Paste. You've seen it before, you'll see it again. A forgettable parade of cliches.

The Choices: Linear in all but appearance. Choose in whoose pants you want to get and stick with it. This would be less of a problem if not for....

Gameplay and Story integration: The Holy Grail of all dating sims. Does it feel like you are playing the game, or like you are gaming the system? Magical Diary takes the sledgehammer approach to subtlety and even those unafiliated with the Genre will see any character twist coming for miles.
Except for the magic system, which I had alluded to earlier. Along with the usual fair of stats, as the game progresses you get to learn a selection of different colour coded magics. In theory you get to use these to influence the events arround you. In practice, the rather ethereal description, limited application of every spell, and utter lack of audio-visual cues, I often felt thrown back into the era of Adventure games, where every puzzle was solved by liberaly rubbing anything in your inventory on anything in the environment.
That's where the game steps in, and limits just what you can try via an MP-Gauge, or simply time constraint.


I'm sure after a second or third playthrough I could have gotten the results I wanted, but the entirely predictable characters, and obvious right/wrong choice system left me with little desire to play again.


All in all Magical Diary is rather tragic: A novel idea that lacks any kind of substance to back it up.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I really enjoyed the characters and story in this, and the variety of different choices and outcomes is pretty impressive!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Got my soul sucked out by an incubus.
Would play again.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
One great visual novel with some of the most interesting minigame puzzles, really magic based.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
The puzzles have alot of solutions making it fun to try and solve them trough diffrent types of magic. The story is okay and gives enough to play trough 2 or 3 of the 5 rommance paths depending on your intresst in trying diffrent spells.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
88.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
OK, so even if you aren't into Harry Potter Fanfics, and even if you're a guy, there's something to enjoy in this game. (You know, so long as you're a guy who is fine with playing a female character trying to get a date in a very LGBT-friendly setting.)

The character creator is fun, if a bit limited. The sheer fact that it has a character creator at all is a big advantage this game has, and I have no idea why it's not a more popular idea. Most accessories, however, have to be purchased in-game, and have stats associated with them, so if you wanted to wear glasses, you can, but they cost money, and if you wore some stupid-looking giant star glasses, you might get more of the stats you want... Cat paws look dumb, but they give massive boosts to (nature-related) Green magic, so it's sometimes that old World of Warcraft "killer clownsuit" choice between aesthetics and effectiveness.

Choices are very diverse, although some aspects of your past aren't up for your choosing. Most of the time, however, your choices amount to which classes you go to, and which stats you therefore train, with the occasional tests that demand specific skills.

The dungeons are perhaps the best part of the game, and are presented in a Wizardry-style, but where your spells are tested as a puzzle. Each school of magic gives different methods of solving a given puzzle, so practically any choice of magic schools will be correct if you just have enough of it to get a diverse enough set of spells.

That said, there are some dissapointments. It feels like the dungeon sections could have been expanded so much more, and the game would have been better for it. The spells you collect are like puzzle pieces begging for some clever puzzle they can unlock, and the first few dungeons you go through feel like a warm-up for some truly challenging puzzle to come... and then the game says that you completed them all, and yay for your happy ending. I felt a bit robbed of a chance to have some big climactic moments where that huge book full of spells could save the day, and instead just got a final exam where they checked the size of my book and said, yeah, you passed.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Very entertaining game, your stats actually make a difference so pay attention to the classes you take. Achievements are cute, and the endings are fun to collect.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Made by the same people as Long Live the Queen, Magical Diary involves you making a character (name and appearance) who goes to a hidden magic school and ends up in a variety of adventures and crazy situations. Like LLTQ, there is a skill system where you have to choose what to level each week, and those stats will determine your success later on. However, this game is considerably more forgiving and it is much easier to complete the game. There is some replay value in that there are multiple mini-routes, often romantic, you can follow depending upon what conversation choices you make. Sadly, like LLTQ, once you have played through it once or twice having to go through the same dialogues early on just to get to the later ones that get you on different routes gets a little tiring. Unless of course you don't care about such things and are perfectly fine with one or two playthroughs.

In short, it is an easier Long Live the Queen that trades the brutal violence and murderous intrigue for a (mostly) benign school life experience with some romance possibilities. If that sounds interesting to you, there's a demo you can poke at, though it only gives you the first month or so of gameplay. I had fun with it and you might too. :3
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
The closest thing the world will ever get to a Harry Potter Dating Sim.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
It's a dating sim meets puzzle-dungeon crawler, with classes on how birth control is awesome and consent is great and using correct pronouns! And you're a witch!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
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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