I liked parts of this game and disliked other parts.
- Different & unique romance options! I loved that I could go for one of my female roommates. :)
- You get to customize your characters hair, eyes, and body type. This makes the protagonist feel more "yours."
- The characters get put in absolutely hilarious situations.
- Your choices in the plot certainly have a big impact and can lead you to many different routes, so replay value is deifnitely there.
- The "magical school" setting is unique compared to some other dating sims.
- I felt like the personality traits were worthless. I saw no point in getting points in the "cute/weird/smart" categories because they don't seem to affect anything.
- The magical tests never seem to get interesting/complex.
- Art was subpar. The characters all look similar in the face and their appearance doesn't change a whole lot. It starts to feel monotonous.
- There are huuuuge chunks of dialogue/description with no pictures sometimes, which gets annoying. With such a cool, magical setting, I would expect to actually see some of the magic going on. Unfortunately, you never do. This is what makes this dating sim way less enjoyable than ones like Dandelion, which go above and beyond with scenery and drawing out pivotal scenes. The only time Magical Diary shows you a picture to go with a scene is if you kiss somebody, which for me, was only twice.
Overall: If you tend to like visual novels or dating sims, this one is worth a try, especially if you value the choice to either date men or women. However, don't expect this game to knock your socks off. It's entertaining, but somewhat underwhelming at times.