Academia : School Simulator is a management game that lets you design, construct, and manage the high school of your dreams! As the school Principal, watch your students as they get bullied, find love, flunk exams, and basically just try to get through the roller-coaster ride that is high school.
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Release Date:
Sep 8, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“While prioritizing features and making design decisions in our previous game, we kept asking ourselves, “what do the players want?”

Early Access allows us to answer that question right away instead of playing guessing games. We want to invite the players into the feedback loop to collaborate with us as we build the best possible school simulation game that we can.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect that development in Early Access will be for at least 12 months and probably more, depending on player feedback and interest in adding features to the game.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There are many features that are still being designed that will make the final game much more complete and full featured than the current version of the game. These include:

  • Deeper and more complex staff and students

  • Research tree and/or school specialization

  • Subject scheduling

  • Varsity sports

  • Truancy, delinquency, bullying, and other serious issues that schools deal with

  • School Prestige, and competing with others for the “Best School”

  • Setting School Policies

  • Weather, Random Events, and Disasters

  • Mod support

The final list of features will ultimately depend in the feedback that we get. We cannot promise we'll be able to have all these features in the game, what's important is we get to work on the features that the community wants.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable and has enough mechanics to keep you busy through a few in-game school years. Systems, like cooking, cleaning, hygiene, hunger, etc are already complete. There isn't a full fledged tutorial but a simpler to-do list system that guides the player on what to do. It helps to be familiar with games like Prison Architect and Rimworld since the controls like zoning and building are very similar. There are basic sound effects and music, and more will be added as time progresses.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, the price will be increased after launch, but will still be competitively priced with similar games.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We will be actively watching and participating in the discussion board here, on reddit, facebook, and other social media. We will also have a polling system in the game where players can vote on which feature they're most excited for us to work on next.

We can never promise that all suggested features will be implemented, but the more excited you guys are about a certain feature, the more excited we will be to make it come to life.”
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January 13

Balance Update 0069

Hey everyone, as mentioned previously we are currently getting our new programmers up to speed! In the meantime, here's some balance changes that will hopefully make it easier to run your school.

We lowered the probability you'll get delinquent students, and increased movement speed for the students and some staff so they can get move between the school much more quickly. We'd love your feedback on these changes.


- Lowered delinquency probability for students
- Lowered probability of students making dirt
- Students get more food from eating
- Increased movement for students, teacher, and janitor
- Janitor will now come to school earlier, and leave school much more later in the day
- Increased temporary discipline bonus delinquents get from being scolded by the principal to lessen repeat instances of rowdiness and bullying.
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December 27, 2017

Happy Holidays and Q1 2018 plans

Hey everyone, just wanted to write you all a short message thanking each and everyone of you for supporting us in the first few months of Early Access. It's been a learning process for us at Squeaky Wheel, and while it has been a little rough at times, I think we are finally starting to get a good rhythym. It has really been humbling for us to see how much you guys are invested in the game, and really inspires us to keep working hard on the game.

I know that some of you are impatient. You see all the possibilities that the game might become and you can't wait to get there. We're impatient too, and that's why we're in the process of signing on a couple of developers to help us improve the game at a much quicker pace. You guys are the reason we could afford to hire on more help, so for that you have our gratitude.

That said, I have to beg your patience again in the coming month. Starting January, we will start the onboarding process as we loop in our new developers and Marnel catches them up on the code in the game. That, along with bugfixing, will probably take up most of January. We're gonna try to see if we can add the Guidance Counselor by end of January, but no promises! If all goes well, starting February we will be running at full blast.

Once the Guidance Counselor has been added that will finish the first major mechanic added to the game! When we're done we will release a new poll for you all to vote on. While we may not always reply on the discussion board, rest assured that we are keeping an eye on the comments and using them as the basis for what to prioritize in the game.

Lastly, I'd like to make a small request of you all. Tagging the game and upvoting current tags helps get Academia : School Simulator in front of people who might be interested in it. We'd definitely appreciate it if you could tag the game for us based on what you think is appropriate.

Thanks again guys. We hope you have great holiday season, and we're looking forward to working on the game with you all in 2018!
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“I initially forget to put in bathrooms, though I'm sharp enough to notice that my students keep running outside to pee in the bushes. Let the trauma and embarrassment of school life begin!”
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“Academia: School Simulator’s Steam page suggests you can make the high school of your dreams. But my school, Leo’s Learning Emporium ended up as more of a dystopian nightmare.”

About This Game

From the artist of Prison Architect and the studio that brought you Political Animals comes Academia : School Simulator, a simulation game that lets you design, construct, and manage the high school of your dreams! Watch your students as they get bullied, find love, flunk exams, and basically just try to get through the roller-coaster ride that is high school. Will you offer the best teachers and facilities or cheap out and build giant classrooms with a 1:100 teacher to student ratio? It's all up to you!

Student motivation is driven by various needs, including hygiene, hunger, and discipline, and they'll become even more complex as time goes on, eventually competing in school competitions like spelling bees and even falling in love.

Teachers are unique, with different subject specialties and degrees. Eventually they will also have their own motivations that need to be satisfied so they can keep teaching at the highest level.

Build Canteens, Clinics, Computer Labs, Common Areas and much more as you create your dream Educational Complex.

Do you think the janitors aren't doing a good job? Plot out their routes yourself in order to ensure maximum efficiency.

From potted plants to statues and fountains, we have everything to make your school the envy of all! And we'll keep adding decorative objects so that you can have a completely unique school.

Students that look like zombies and eat brains? why not? Want to run a school where the students are literally prisoners? Whatever floats your boat! Image mods are available now, and language and other mods will follow in the future.

Customize your school seal and motto to make a school that is uniquely yours!

Normal mode requires you to balance your budget and provide the best education that you can with your money, while sandbox lets you go utopian with unlimited money!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7,10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7,10
    • Processor: 7,10
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
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