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  • Summary: (Also known as "Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry" in the UK/EU) Set in a magic school, the game entails mastering a series of spells and incantations in order to achieve a Magician Licence and become Master Wizard. To this end, the player enrolls in the Magic Academy where alongside over 150 fully interactive pupils, they must learn and implement key spells and use them wisely. During the course of a term, however, the player is asked to solve a series of puzzles by mysterious beings that appear once a week throughout the game. Doing so will reward the user with extra items for use in their magic, and contribute towards the player's advancement.The other inhabitants of the School are key to the player's progress. They can make friends with anybody in the school and through these friendships learn new spells and abilities, as well as go shopping or take up hobbies, join bands to play music together, and even go on dates. Similarly, the school is rife with gossip related to available mysterious events, romance, stories among the pupils and players can even lend their character to friends in a unique 'Study Abroad' scheme wherein they are imported to a friend's game world for tutoring - and will even discuss their adventures on their return! Different stories and adventures will be revealed depending on what bonds are formed with the game's characters and how the player chooses to solve each of the 52 adventures. With its truly immersive game world and adaptive gameplay - all of which is played in real time courtesy of the DS internal clock - Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry is a truly magical experience. Packed with unique items for use in magic, the player faces many long and hard challenges as they strive to attain the coveted five-star rating that will earn the Master Wizard accolade. [Konami Europe] Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Despite the fact that it is clearly being marketed at children, Enchanted Folk is a surprisingly deep game. Fans of Animal Crossing may feel that this is a little too similar for its own good, but other young gamers should have plenty of fun with their magical studies. The slow pace won't be for everyone, but kids who do like this will probably play it for a long time.
  2. Although the game is very slow to start, once you get into it there is plenty of fun to be had if you like the Animal Crossing formula.
  3. 75
    It’s undeniably and shamelessly an Animal Crossing clone, but it’s also a good one, offering up a magical spin on the whole design.
  4. Enchanted Folks is not just an Animal Crossing clone: Konami has successfully upgraded the classic formula of the great Nintendo game. An interesting setting and a few innovative ideas make this game very solid. Despite of the name, unfortunately it lacks a little bit of "magic" and a wider world area.
  5. If you liked Harry Potter and Animal Crossing at the DS, Enchanted Folk will also entertain you.
  6. Sorry wizardry fans; if you're looking for magical mystery, I suggest you re-read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Magician's Quest just doesn't deliver.
  7. 50
    It's cute and I can see certain subsets of gamers becoming addicted to treasure hunting and meeting all of the residents, but there are no new discoveries to be found here.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  1. Aug 25, 2010
    7
    Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times is a strange on your normal life-simulation. In this game, you create your character and then attend magic school in order to become a master wizard. By doing so, you have to attend your classes and make sure you practice the spells that you learn. The game is surprisingly similar to the Animal Crossing series especially the game-play and graphics which have a very close resemblance to each other. However, the game gets a little too repetitive and is bogged down by boring activities which makes the game lose its magical charm. The game map isn't that big either meaning there isn't a lot you can explore. If you overlook the flaws, the game is very enjoyable, the shopping district within the game is fun to roam and overall it is a pretty solid life-simulation game. But just don't expect any original ideas from the game. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    5
    In this game your a young wizard who gets sent to a special magic school, you get to customize your own character and play around with spells, sounds fun right? as a Harry Potter fan I was interested with the concept, too bad it's as much fun as actually going to school, your stuck in a painfully small area with nothing to do, sure some of the spells are cool, but there's nothing you can really do with them other then play some jokes on the brain dead people around town, and for most of the game you have to go to the boring classes to learn the fun stuff, and it takes a lot of classes before you they actually teach you spells, honestly it's a boring game and unless you just want to go to a super lame and boring version of Hogwarts I don't recommend a purchase at all, it's really a shame because this is good idea if they could do this with a Harry Potter game and give you fun stuff to do, until then this is one you can avoid unless you just really like these kinds of games. Expand