Black Chicken Studios' Academagia: The Making of Mages doesn't make its way into our news coverage very often, so I thought I'd make up for that by sending you over to RPG Codex for a lengthy and semi-favorable review of the steampunk adventure/RPG crossbreed.
Looking at what I’ve written, and thinking back to my playthrough of the game itself, I find it hard to unanimously judge Academagia. There are some really good bits hidden in this game, but unfortunately, they are completely brought down by the excessive grinding one needs to do to get to them. If the amount of incredibly boring timeskipping to raise stats was lowered, or perhaps if the game itself was shorter, it would be a lot better.
But as it stands now, I can only recommend it to people who are in love with shameless Princess Maker games and take pleasure from seeing their stats rise just for the sake of rising. For everyone else, though, a single playthrough might be okay, but keep in mind that you may just grow bored of it somewhere halfway through.
Guess I will have to keep waiting for that proper Darklands sequel then. Sigh…