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 (548 reviews)
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
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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 5 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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
How did I spend 5 hours of my life on this game? It was one of those things where I just could look away. I was obsessed with getting that professor to love my character. I later had to sit in the corner of my room, think about what I had done, and hang my head in shame. No Regrets.
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8 of 13 people (62%) 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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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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5 of 8 people (63%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
A cute, quirky game to play through, especially if you like dating sims or visual novels. An added bonus was the freedom to pursue a romantic interest of any gender. Some graphics got buggy on my mac version, but overall worth a try!
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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
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
At first glance I thought this game would be a little on the sillier side like many visual novel games I've played but it has a surprising amount of depth and replayability.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Married my teacher on accident 10/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
I wish there was more info about Big Steve. He seems like a neat character but we know so little about him.
Pretty cool visual novel.
7\10 would lock my lips with that horny fairy again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
I love this game, just wish there was more of it
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
its pretty good so far.. was far from what i expected it to be
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Harrietta Potter.
Not bad though
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292 of 325 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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126 of 133 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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290 of 360 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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