• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: May 11, 2009

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. You have to take a Zen approach to it; just explore, collect mushrooms and flowers, capture bugs with your wand-turned-net, and let things happen. [June 2009, p.89]
  5. 75
    Mysterious Times is a competent Animal Crossing clone. If you are sick and tired of woodland creatures, you should give Mysterious Times a try and be pleasantly surprised at how well the game was done.
  6. For anyone who hasn't given Nintendo's originator of this game style a try, I still would whole heartedly recommend Animal Crossing over Magician's Quest. There is just something about the charm that AC offers that seems to be more inviting to the everyday gamer. On the other hand, if you are like myself and have played Nintendo's versions to death since it's incarnation on the Game Cube, then you will be ecstatic to know that Magician's Quest is as close to a sequel or follow up to AC as you can possibly get.
  7. If you liked Harry Potter and Animal Crossing at the DS, Enchanted Folk will also entertain you.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. There are a couple of neat features in Enchanted Folk, but it gets too bogged down with boring activities and doesn't make enough of its magic theme. [June 2009, p.66]
  11. Enchanted Folk is to Animal Crossing what the first Saints Row was to GTA; it's a competent, entertaining knock-off, but it's still a knock-off.
  12. If you purchase this game, be ready to invest some time and patience into it.
  13. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 30, 2012
    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. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2010
    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. Full Review »