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Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times :: DS Game Review

Reviewed by on May 19, 2009
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Fans of Harry Potter and Animal Crossing will be delighted by this cutesy and quirky game. Hit the books, learn some spells, and solve the mysteries surrounding your school of magic.

Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times, known as Enchanted Folks and the School of Wizardry in Europe, is a game that has been described by many as a great combination of Harry Potter and Animal Crossing. In the game, you play as a student at the school of magic. You are the only human in the game, as the other characters are human-like animals that converse and interact with you.

It's a Mystery!

Everyday, there is a short class run by a different teacher. You can attend class to learn new spells, incantations, and other important and useful things. Successfully answering the question at the end of each class will earn you an attendence stamp for your stamp card. The classes are short and fairly easy and you can schedule them to occur when you have free time in real life.

After a while, the principal of the school will present to you a key to Mystery Time. As the only human in the game, you are the only one that can access Mystery Time, where you can earn extra money and take extra curricular classes with Mr. Graves the walking, talking skeleton. On the following day, a mystery will pop up and it will be up to you to get to the bottom of it.

Some tasks can be tackled with friends via wireless communication. You can visit each other's towns and give each other gifts like furniture for their house.

Day in, Day out

While the game in general is pleasant and cute, over time it can become tedious. Most of the townspeople and other students are a bit bland and the town itself could use a bit more life on the streets at times.

Traveling around is a bit cumbersome as well as even running speed feels too slow when you need to go back and forth from one end of the town to the other. As well, the pace of the game could be a bit faster, attending only one class a day seems like a waste of school resources.

Final Grade

Magician's Quest does very well in bringing the wizard school theme to the Animal Crossing formula. Anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter or Animal Crossing will absolutely love this title. However, if you have tried Animal Crossing in the past and did not enjoy yourself, don't expect magic to make things any more different.


Price: $29.99

ESRB Rating: E 10+

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