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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Focuses on themes of friendship and teamwork, with Akko and her friends working to solve the immediate problem of their time loop and help others in need.
Positive Role Models
Characters have widely diverse personalities. The core group are good-natured and caring, and while they find themselves in an occasional bit of trouble, it's more accidental than malicious.
Ease of Play
Simple controls that are easy to learn; very gradual difficulty curve.
Violence & Scariness
Steady stream of violence, with players fighting creatures, magical enemies. Players can also pit their custom team against other players' teams in online and offline battles. No blood; attacks and damage shown via splashy visual effects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some characters shown in revealing outfits and poses. Occasional lines of suggestive dialogue.
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No profanity or offensive language in game dialogue, but online interactions can open players up to inappropriate comments.
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Products & Purchases
Based on popular Little Witch Academia franchise, which includes manga and anime series, as well as a number of toys and other licensed merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is an action role-playing game available for PlayStation 4 and Windows-based PC. The game is an original story set within the popular Little Witch Academia anime and manga series. The game's style takes its cue from the anime, with a very cartoonish look that sometimes presents characters in suggestive clothing and poses. Although conflict/violence is core to the game, with a steady stream of fights, the style reduces the impact of the violence, since blood and gore are replaced by flashy, colorful visual effects. Unlike the anime series and movies, which are appropriate for younger kids, this game is better suited for older players, with its suggestive dialogue and revealing outfits, focus on violent gameplay, and unmoderated multiplayer action. That said, the story does feature recurring themes of friendship and teamwork, with characters coming together to overcome obstacles while helping others. And gameplay is relatively easy to pick up, with a very gradual difficulty curve.
Is It Any Good?
While this adventure is easy to get into, its repetitive gameplay and combat mean that it will probably appeal only to fans of the anime series. The plot of Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time focuses on the feelings people have about days that feel like they'll never end -- or ones they want to do over. Unfortunately, these are the same feelings you get when you play the game; sometimes you can't wait to jump back into it, but other times, it feels like it goes on forever. The biggest, and most ironic, issue with this adventure is its repetition. The gameplay is surprisingly simple and formulaic, which is great for newcomers. You can get a rhythm going with attacks and defense, which start to become second nature. The flip side is that, by the time the latter half of the story rolls around, you can't help but feel like you're just going through the motions of "attack, attack, dodge, repeat." Thankfully, the game's multiplayer component changes things up a bit by pitting players against each other, mixing up the routine of fighting computer-controlled opponents.
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is definitely a love letter to fans of the series. The story is an original adventure, rather than a rehash of old plot points. It's also a fun treat for players to get to explore the halls of Luna Nova, learning bits of trivia or finding familiar treats as they go. The game perfectly replicates the style and personality of the student body and school staff. That's great for those already familiar with the series, but if you're new to Little Witch Academia, you might want to track down a few episodes of the cartoon before diving into the game. Without some sort of primer, newcomers are otherwise left scratching their heads as many of the in-jokes and references fall flat. Subtract that, and all players are left with is a simplistic, repetitive game with just enough style and charm tossed in for flavor.
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