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: May 31, 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX compatible card
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    • OS:10.4
    • Processor:1 GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:150 MB HD space
    • 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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306 of 346 people (88%) found this review helpful
77 people 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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147 of 159 people (92%) found this review helpful
46 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.

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299 of 375 people (80%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
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100 of 106 people (94%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
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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97 of 108 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
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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115 of 138 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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86 of 102 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
69.9 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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65 of 78 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
This game owns. You can go to American Hogwarts and learn magic spells. There are LOADS of spells and I got tonnes of detention, it has Professor Snape (basically him), you can make your own wizard and learn magic, you can kiss people with your mouth and make friends. It rules! Play it!
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41 of 42 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2015
+ I love the humor
+ Equal opportunity routes
+ Memorable characters
+ Great use of magic theme
+ Interesting lore/world building and magic system
+ Uses simplified character customization which includes a body type for big gals which is something that is rarely included in games, I was very impressed by this simple choice.
+ A lot of replayability. The cheat system is a big help to see hidden scenes
+/- I got used to the art style fairly quickly, it didn't bother me after an hour or so of playing
- Single CG is recycled, romance is very brief
- Too many useless spells and not enough opportunities to use them
- You only play through your freshman year. It leaves you wanting to play more.
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7.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
An interesting VN, but hampered by short playthroughs, with little variety or incentive to actually go back through again, this terrible "deviantart"-style of anime-wannabe graphics, and underdeveloped/blandly written side characters that just make you wanna put it down and never pick up again.

Definitely don't recommend this one, there's way better 'amateur' VN's out there.
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The One Chronicler
5.8 hrs
Posted: October 6
When I was considering buying this game, what sealed the deal was a review that said that this game was basically Harry Potter, but more anime. I was not mislead.
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Chest Hairington
27.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
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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11.2 hrs
Posted: September 12
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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21.9 hrs
Posted: September 7
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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16.0 hrs
Posted: September 3
Fun romp. :)
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7.4 hrs
Posted: September 1
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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20.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
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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9.6 hrs
Posted: August 23
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: August 20
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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