Given time, though, and Pocket Academy gets under your skin just like the other Kairosoft efforts, largely thanks to the attachment to your pupils, the satisfaction from their eventual progress, and the burgeoning relationships with other pupils. It's enough to bring a tear to your eye.
Pocket Academy is probably Kairosoft's deepest and most polished sim actually in the App Store, with a lot of things to do and a huge attention to students' characterization. However, it's also another example of disengagement from a developer that continues to reuse the same engine over and over, without taking real advantage of the technology behind iPhone and iPod Touch.
The difficult thing about reviewing a game like this, however, is that even at their least inspired the developer represents the upper-echelon of the platform. Yet there's a difference in quality now and Pocket Academy comes in below expectations.
Kairosoft games are some of the most charming titles you'll ever experience on mobile platforms, but the touch interface struggles to hold up when the games' complexity increases. With Pocket Academy, the interface gets in the way for a game whose intricacies are as fascinating as its quirky farm-school hybrids.
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