Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

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Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time
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Developer(s)A+ Games
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
EngineUnity
Platform(s)PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows
Release
  • JP: 30 November 2017
  • WW: 15 May 2018
Genre(s)Action role-playing

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time[a] is an action role-playing video game developed by A+ Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, based on the anime franchise Little Witch Academia.

The game was released on the PlayStation 4 in Japan in November 2017, and worldwide for PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows on 15 May 2018.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The side-scrolling action game lets players control the anime's protagonist, witch-in-training Akko, accompanied by her friends Sucy, Lotte, Amanda, Constanze, Jasminka and Diana, as she explores her magical academy.[2] There are two distinct game modes: a 3D adventure-style exploration of the school, and a 2.5D action mode involving the exploration of magical labyrinths with three characters.

A limited edition with additional material, including an audio drama and an artbook, was released in Japan.[3] The game features animated cutscenes by Studio Trigger, the creators of the anime series. Scores from the series' original soundtrack are included in the game as well.[4]

Plot[edit]

It's the first day of summer vacation at the Luna Nova Magic Academy, but after getting into trouble once again, Akko is sentenced by Professor Finnelan to clean up the school's library. While working on the library, Akko discovers a hidden door leading to a secret place called the "Holorogium Chamber" where she finds a magic door leading to a mysterious world. In the next day, Akko and her friends Sucy and Lotte find out that the previous day is repeating itself continuously, and certain that it is related to the Holorogium Chamber being unsealed, with assistance from Diana, Amanda, Jasminka and Constanze, they try several ways to seal the chamber and return the flux of time to normal with no success.

After running away of options, Akko meets and befriends Molly McIntyre and discovers that she is a witch whose powers were sealed 200 years ago in the Holorogium Chamber, and with the chamber unsealed, she regained her memories and powers. Assisted by Professor Ursula, Akko and her friends locate and defeat Molly inside the chamber and learn from her that she once was a young witch who had no talent with magic and no friends, and used the powers of the Holorogium Chamber to repeat time over and over again as she practiced her magic to increase her abilities, but despite that, she failed to make new friends and after attempting to repeat the entire year using her powers, she transformed herself into a monster, which was sealed by the teachers at the time, and since then she attended the school year after year for centuries, always forgetting the events of the previous year.

After the Holorogium Chamber is sealed again, Akko finishes her task of cleaning up the library with help from her friends, and finally begins enjoying her summer vacation with the others. In the post-credits, Akko rejoices that Molly, now free from the curse, is also enjoying life with her own friends.

Reception[edit]

The PS4 version of the game received a score of 58 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[5]

Destructoid's reviewer noted that while the "characters, story, script and voice-acting are fantastic", the game was a "disappointment" because of the unexciting and unnecessarily complicated and laborious gameplay.[6] IGN Japan rated the game 81 out of 100, commenting that "if you can live with average gameplay there is plenty to enjoy here".[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known in Japan as Little Witch Academia: Toki no Mahō to Nana Fushigi (リトルウィッチアカデミア 時の魔法と七不思議)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romano, Sal. "Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time launches May 15 in the Americas and Europe". Gematsu. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Caty (27 June 2017). "Little Witch Academia Game Casts a Spell on Japan in November". USgamer. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ Sounders, Mike (25 February 2017). "Little Witch Academia game releasing November 30 in Japan, limited edition revealed". Destructoid. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  4. ^ Romano, Sal. "Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time details Trigger-produced anime scenes, character strengthening, more". Gematsu. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  6. ^ Moyse, Chris (15 May 2018). "Review: Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time". Destructoid. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  7. ^ "意外と硬派な内容にドッキドキのワックワク!「リトルウィッチアカデミア 時の魔法と七不思議」レビュー". IGN Japan (in Japanese). 10 December 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2018.

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