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.
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Very Positive (708 reviews) - 89% of the 708 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 31 May, 2012

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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

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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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: 1 September
this is a fun game, but kinda short, i was hoping to live out all 4 years in this game, hope they do a update for that
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325 of 364 people (89%) found this review helpful
70 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: 31 March, 2014
I tried to romance a demon and instead accidentally married my teacher.
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154 of 165 people (93%) found this review helpful
44 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: 23 June, 2014
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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112 of 117 people (96%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: 21 July, 2014
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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311 of 386 people (81%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: 27 November, 2013
YOU'RE HERMIONE POTTER AND YOU NEED TO DO MAGIC ALL THE TIME
DATE GIRLS IN BOARDING SCHOOL
GET YOUR SOUL NIBBLED ON
OVERCOME ACTUALLY CAPABLE DUNGEONS
PUBLISH YOUR YEARBOOK SO INTERNET STRANGERS CAN SEE YOU NAMED YOUR CHARACTER YURI LESBICIOUSA
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126 of 140 people (90%) found this review helpful
163 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: 29 January, 2015
Accidently married Severus Snape in a dark dungeon below the school, then continued to wallow in self-pity for the rest of the playthrough until reloading, fixing my mistake, getting sacrificed for the bloodgod, reloading again and celebrating my days as a socially awkard lesbian witch.
Males are evil. All of them.

10/10, got my bra stolen by the Illuminati at some point.
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97 of 107 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: 27 March, 2014
As a guy that is firmly trying to impose the idea to my friends that I am a Strong male figure and individule, I feel ashamed at having put myself on "offline" mode whilst playing this game after i got it from the humble bundle. But il be damned if it isnt one damn fine First Person Novel with ur actions deciding how well or badly you do, and despite this, the customization is there, the distinct characters with different personalities are present and its a damn fine good play.
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115 of 137 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November, 2013
To be enjoyed both ironically and unironically, 'Magical Diary' is truly the perfect gift for any occasion.

Featuring more animes per second, with only a fraction of the overreaching schmaltz found in second-rate indie competitors like 'To the Moon,' 'Magical Diary' pulls out all the stops and delivers a magical, one-of-a-kind experience that'll have you saying "I actually don't hate this...?" for years to come.

Is there a demonic wizard bishie waiting in your future? Only one way to find out...

'Magical Diary' gets one Steam Thumb way up from this reviewer.
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87 of 102 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: 8 November, 2013
A dating sim for the young witch in all of us! Like Harry Potter, with a liberal dose of anime and without all that uptight britishness that makes me kinda hate it. Also a liberal dose of progressive gender and sexuality, which is always a fun one, and racial politics too. (That said, I was a *little* offput by the 'marriage is kind of a year-long thing' plot point, even if it makes sense in context...)

Don't be fooled - this is mostly a dating/life sim. There are 'dungeons', but they're more obtuse and annoying puzzle roadblocks I could honestly do without. Persona 3/4 this ain't. Also, you have to be a girl, though you have a wide range of options for your love life, three straight and two gay, and a wide variety of other non-romance events. Romance is legitimate and well-handled - the opposite of Bioware's efforts. (Oh god, flashbacks to terrible competing english VN Planet Stronghold DDDDDDD:)

Overall, takes itself just seriously enough not to be a broad parody, but not so much that it's hard to get into or requires heavy investment. (The default character's name is Mary Sue, if that tells you anything.) Highly recommended for anyone who's even a little into the idea, and even better, sequels are on the way!

Sadly, the best character is unromanceable, despite her obviously being open to the idea of a relationship with a student and a lady. :C Oh, Professor Potsdam, how I long for some private lessons with you... ;o; (maybe she's married? i dunno.)
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64 of 72 people (89%) found this review helpful
87 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: 26 June, 2015
Studied a lot, still ended up a bad student.

Was very suspicious of the winged boy, not sure if he was legit. Decided to trust him.

Accidentally a married, lost my chance at wing boy. Spent a long time being sad.

Decided to just roll with it. Husband was alright.

Still managed to fail every single test despite being married to the teacher. Finished game a complete failure.

Where did the last 5 hours of my life go?

10/10 Would be a failure again.
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Chest Hairington
27.8 hrs
Posted: 27 September
The single most charming VN I've played. I adore Hanako Games' writing style, and this is probably the best example. Can't wait for the sequel!
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RAWRssy
11.2 hrs
Posted: 12 September
Not as whimsical as Hatoful Boyfriend, but it's got a solid set of characters and intertwining storylines that unfold as you play, as should every quality visual novel game. Cheesy at first, but give it half a run through when you really attach yourself to the characters and you'll be whistling a different tune. A MAGICAL TUNE. YOU ARE A BARD NOW.
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keozeo
21.9 hrs
Posted: 7 September
this game is legitimately addictive. Bassically you're a freshman at a magic school and you have to learn spells, make friends, and get a date for the big dance.
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Wikrin
16.0 hrs
Posted: 3 September
Fun romp. :)
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Gao
20.8 hrs
Posted: 23 August
IT is a really nice visual novel with cute art and plenty of events and story twists to keep you interested and each play through new. I really enjoyed the skill building feature and the exam events to test how you use the skills. The characters were a lot of fun as well, there is a variety of personalities and finding out about them through scattered events (that you need to work towards, they don't just happen regardless of what you are doing) was really interesting. I have played through three different save files and I am still trying to figure out what some of the storylines are/how to go further into thm.
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Fal
9.6 hrs
Posted: 23 August
Really cute and a great coming of age throwback with some twists. The storyline is engaging. I like how certain choices can dramatically effect the storyline unintentionally. Played through twice and looking to go through it a third time.
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Mama Dragon
6.0 hrs
Posted: 20 August
I wanted to romance the demon, but was forced into marrying my teacher.

...this is probably my favorite visual novel style game to date. Customizable heroine, multiple story paths, actual puzzles and reasons for your stat increases, and the game is hilarious.

Would love to play from another house's POV and not just as a Horse gal, though. Is there a chance I can be a Falcon in the future?!
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Lord Peevis of Tweed
3.5 hrs
Posted: 16 August
went to hogwarts. roleplayed hermine during her lesbian phase. had a blast. Will mix magic with science and become a dictator now.
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Tora
6.5 hrs
Posted: 15 August
Great game, a lot of options making for great replayability. Just finished my first play through, and i'm already wanting to go back in and follow different paths and see where things go.
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