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 (427 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

PC
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    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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
The art may not be very promising, but the writing in this game is top-notch. The characters are well-rounded, each with their hidden depths, the idea of a secret magical world is explored in various ways, and the spells and stats you build up come to play in the story in logical ways.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
it was interesting but how about a male version it nice to play both side i think
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
96.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
So, there's a romance path where you basically get to romance Severus Snape.

If that weren't enough: gender sensitivity, gender neutral pronouns, LGBTQ relationships, lots of racial diversity (as much as any game with anime/cartoon sprites can have, anyway), and a genuinely cute story on most of the paths. Or a genuinely disturbing one, depending on your options.

If you liked Long Live the Queen, or games like it, you'll definitely enjoy this one. (And now to cut this review off so I can go back to exploring as many paths as possible!)
Posted: September 27
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
I started it off not really knowing what to expect, and thought that it didn't give you enough choices. After classes start up though, the game gets really fun. Learning new spells and finding applications for them is fun. Mostly you will use them to get out of dungeons, which function as exams, but you will also be able to use many of them to unlock unique options in random events, which is an awesome touch. Speaking of random events, there are enough things that happen each week to make the game interesting, and a surprising amount of variety in the situations you can find yourself in. I didn't do a second playthrough for a long time, but it's worth it for some different endings. None of the endings are really "the good ending". They're all a bit open-ended, and all have something about them that you'll have to leave behind. The story is enjoyable; definitely interesting and unique enough to keep you engaged. I like to think that this takes place in some female-oriented alternate dimension of harry potter, what with the whole magical wizard school and professor Grabineer*cough*snape*cough*. But it has enough of its own story elements to set it apart from the universe that it drew much of its inspiration from. The main character is a little bit generic, but you're given enough of your own choices to project your own character onto her. My only real gripe is that you're character alludes to parents and a backstory at several points, but her parents are mostly left blank. Although I do have this theory that the school directors hypnotized them with magic to think that you just went off to boarding school... I mean, it really makes sense, and feels like it's hinted at a couple of times. I digress. The game is great to play with a friend for ♥♥♥♥♥ and giggles, as well as for a couple of serious playthroughs alone. I think all of my friends have played at least halfway through this game when we got bored, and I've played it multiple times, so I feel I definitely got my money's worth.

In short, best game ever 10/10. Buy it or yur a ♥♥♥♥♥.
Posted: September 28
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
FINE. THE GAME IS FINE. THERE I SAID IT. FINE.

FIRST 2 HOURS:
I played this for longer than I would have liked. I really cannot recommend this - it is basically a playable novel that is not that fun. Lots of reading with a meh storyline. I thought it had potential for the first hour, but quickly lost interest.

SECOND 2 HOURS:
Yeah I came back. I mean what will happen with all this romance? BTW I still don't recommend.
Posted: October 4
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10.5 hrs on record
Magical diary is the best love sim game i have played so far. it has a upity beat to it. It has a lot of ups and downs and can be considederd a love, drama, comidy. The magic style is really fun and the Dungons are my favorite thing. I love all the characters and the love stories you can do.
Posted: September 26
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10.9 hrs on record
cute.
Posted: October 18
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3.1 hrs on record
Nice elements of gameplay, dungeons solvable in different ways depending on your main 'magic colour/element', interesting story branches.
Posted: October 18
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22.2 hrs on record
One great visual novel with some of the most interesting minigame puzzles, really magic based.
Posted: October 17
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4.6 hrs on record
Managed to avoid becoming Snape's child bride.

10/10. Would stare hopelessly at a locked door because I'm a white mage again.
Posted: October 14
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14.2 hrs on record
MOAR!!!!!!!
Posted: October 11
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83.3 hrs on record
I regret everything.
Posted: October 12
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2.9 hrs on record
It seems I screwed up because at the begginning I ran from a ritual freshmen ♥♥♥♥ party, so my character was never truly accepted and that lowered my status, somehow.

Weird things happened but I felt I had little to no control or influence over them, so who cares.
I wish the dungeon parts were more like the Grimrock ones or at least BDSM oriented.

8/10 would Drama Queen again.
Posted: October 13
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10.8 hrs on record
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~
Posted: October 10
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8.6 hrs on record
Getting through school isn't always easy. The puzzles (exams) aren't always easy but they have several ways to complete. In the end, your choices in dialogue matter more than your time spent in class. Depending on how fast you read and how long you ponder your choices, the game length varies greatly.

You always play as a young woman with customizeable name and looks. The game has multiple romance choices, both male, female, teacher/student and otherworldly. All of them offer interesting paths. There's no sexual content.

It's also worth a second playthrough (if you enjoy these kind of games) as it has lots of hidden paths (mostly based on romance options). You can fast-forward the scenes you've already read during your second playthrough.

Earns bonus points for totally random events, like getting spanked or offer your soul to a demon...
Posted: September 28
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19.5 hrs on record
This is the first visual novel I have played and I predict it will be the only one - simply because Magical Diary: Horse Hall is far too grand. No other VN could possibly hope to compare to my adventures in what can only be described as what British people think a Japanese Hogwarts would look like if it were made by Americans.

10/10 100.5/100 ★★★★★ A++
See you in Wolf Hall
Posted: September 28
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4.6 hrs on record
I had a lesbian relationship with my Magical Girl roommate.

10/10
Posted: October 12
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26.8 hrs on record
Magical Diary is quite the informative game.

Like did you know that babies aren't real people?

Mind = blown
Posted: October 13
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27.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 24
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