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:
Overall:
Very Positive (706 reviews) - 89% of the 706 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 31, 2012

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January 30

Minor Patch (Jan 30 2016)

Fixing a couple of small issues with character creation, including one that would constantly reset the name back to Mary Sue when you changed other settings, and better handling for keyboard controls.

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January 13

Version 1.1 - Engine upgrade and big changes!

Far too long to list, see this forum topic for more information:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/211340/discussions/0/458606248615713252/

There's a lot of new stuff in there, so PLEASE report any strange behavior or technical problems you encounter.

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Reviews

"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
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Very Positive (706 reviews)
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nikolaz
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
One could say a demon isn't the best choice to be your boyfriend. But come on, demons can be cute, right?
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seaturtlehorsesnake
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
this is a game where you can let your dreams of being back in school come true.

it's quite terrifying.
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NekoLise
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
HYRU^&RS%E$&U&T*^FKTYMRXDFDZBUYTD

Damien, pls, come back and hug me ;w;
-cries-
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Ancient
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
An intersting idea, tightly scripted and well written. Your choices matter and the various penalties or otherwise logically applied.

The only problem for me is that a well laid out magical system is almost completely ignored.

It's on sale now and well worth a punt.
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tinkerballsdeep
( 62.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
i've played 62 hours on this. I haven't even completed all the romances. And to be honest I don't care about the other romances because the 3 I've done are SO WELL WRITTEN.
Aside from that Magical Diary offers a pretty immersive experience. It's adorable, the music is very soothing and it's an overall fun game to play.
I thought the dungeons would get repetitive but I actually found them quite original.
I would reccomend this to fans of Hanako games or just visual novels in general.
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ranma3747
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Really good game! It has an intresting story that just sucked me in, I really hope there is a sequel!
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Melchizedek
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Doesn't work in windows 10. Submitted a bug but haven't heard anything. Want to play but gotta pass it up unless I find an older computer.
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Fay
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
11/10 would not recommend.
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catullalesbia
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 16
Fantastic plot and interesting romance options. It's a shame there probably won't be a sequel.
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Techbane
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Went to prom alone, had my soul stolen, memory wiped, and cast out of school as a muggle. Even rule 63 Harry Potter universe me has trust issues now!

To be more serious, it's a VN that you might have to grit your teeth to get into at the start, but is competently written and characterized, with a bunch of narrative branches and an impressively robust magic skill system that is largely squandered with the few times you get to try it out. Surprisingly good, but feels like it could've been so much more.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
i've played 62 hours on this. I haven't even completed all the romances. And to be honest I don't care about the other romances because the 3 I've done are SO WELL WRITTEN.
Aside from that Magical Diary offers a pretty immersive experience. It's adorable, the music is very soothing and it's an overall fun game to play.
I thought the dungeons would get repetitive but I actually found them quite original.
I would reccomend this to fans of Hanako games or just visual novels in general.
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311 of 346 people (90%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2014
I tried to romance a demon and instead accidentally married my teacher.
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141 of 151 people (93%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 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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304 of 377 people (81%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 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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102 of 107 people (95%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 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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114 of 127 people (90%) found this review helpful
150 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 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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91 of 100 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 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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113 of 135 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 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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83 of 98 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 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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63 of 71 people (89%) found this review helpful
83 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 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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