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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November 30

Academia : School Simulator Roadmap

Hi everyone, while we've been busy at work on the game, the updates have slowed down a little bit, and we've noticed some people expressing concern about development. Rest assured we are still fully developing the game, and we have quite a few plans in store for you. We know we've not been as good as giving you guys a roadmap to look forward to, so here is a quick summary of what you can expect from us in the next few months.


As mentioned before, we've been adding Achievements to the game. This is currently in the testing phase, and assuming everything is working well, it should be out very soon.

More Research Items

We're currently adding more research items, including some fun ones to give you even more options with how to upgrade your staff and your school.

Priority Building and Cleaning

A very popular demand that we're happy to finally be able to release soon.

Student Admissions

Once this is implemented you'll now have a lot more control about how many students to accept at the start of the school year.

Bank Loans

Running out of cash? We're working in a way you can loan some money (but mind the interest!)

Student Relationships

This is something we've put off for a while but are actively designing right now. Ideally we'll have this out by Valentine's Day!

Student Dropouts

Some of you have been asking for more of a challenge, well here it is. Soon, students will start dropping out if you manage your school poorly, meaning you lose revenue and prestige!

Room Templates

An easier way to quickly build rooms is something people have been asking for, and we're happy to provide.

Bigger Maps

Another thing a lot of people have been demanding!

There is no fixed timeline for these features because we'll adjust them as necessary, but we wanted you guys to at least know what we're planning for the next few months. We'll do another update like this in the future so that you can all be aware of what we've got planned. That's it for now, back to work!
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November 20

Build 0.2.79 adds Optimization and more Reports

Hi everyone, we're back with an update for you guys. This month's update is mostly based on optimizations and bug fixes, new stuff will be added next month.


Players on 32bit OSes have been encountering problems with the game because of memory issues. We've spent this month focused on fixing those issues, and hopefully brings some optimization fixes to the rest of the game as well. This optimization will render the game in half size for anyone with a 32bit OS, which is a compromise we have to do for older systems. Anyone with newer computers or playing on a 64bit OS should still see the game in full resolution.

More Reports

We've added reports for the Cafeteria, Kitchen, and Clinic to round out our reports panel. These should help you get an idea of which of these are most used, and help with planning for more efficient schools.

New Hairstyles

In the previous update we added new school uniforms for students. In this update, we've added new hairstyles for the students and staff. This should allow for more combinations, and unique looking characters!

Teachers Sorted by Subject Ability

When hiring teachers, clicking on the department tabs will sort teachers by subject ability, with the best teacher located in the upper left position. You can now easily find the best teacher to assign to a department easily.

Spanish, Russian, and French Language mods

Thanks to maxwellnewage, ghost, and haru-dr for the Spanish, Russian, and French language mods respectively. Hope you all can subscribe and help them out!

In Game Feedback Form

We added an in-game feedback form which you can access from the settings menu. This should allow players to give us non bug related feedback much more easily.

Localization Tool Improvements

The following improvements were added to the localization tool:

  • Optimization: Lessened loading time for categories with a lot terms
  • Added hotkey: Ctrl+space for moving to the next unDone term

Sneak Peek : Achievements and more Research

Even if it's necessary, we know it's a bit disappointing to not have any fancy new updates. So we want to share that we've been working on achievement for quite some time. Here's a sneak preview to give you some ideas as to what kind of achievements to expect.

We're also planning on some more research items to implemented in the future, to complement the already existing research.

Bug fixes:

- Routing gets cancelled when user switches from Add Route to Complete
-Incorrect layering of some hand items during animation.
- Preview and count get stuck when pressing ESC while building.
- Medicate animation looks wrong on low res
- Head of Cook cannot be seen when carrying supply crate
- Wheels of dump truck and delivery truck are detached on low res build
- Hand sometimes appear small when performing actions
- Janitor is not holding the mop on low res build
- Supply crate appears to held one handed by cook on low res build
- Chalk appears too big and seems to float on low res build
- Fod cauldron seems floating when being carried by cook
- Missing book when students are reading in the library on low res build
- Some scool department bufs when removing teachers

Balancing Changes:

-Some changes to the sickness mechanic to fix the rampant sickness some players are experiencing.

- Delinquent students are now more likely to do their delinquent actions because of lowered starting discipline.

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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!”
PC Gamer

“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

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7,8,8.1,10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 7,8,8.1,10
    • Processor: 2.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X El Capitan
    • Processor: 1.8Ghz
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X El Capitan
    • Processor: 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 8 MB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard
    • Storage: 400 MB available space

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