Iris School of Wizardry is a new otome game, released for the Nintendo Switch on October 11th 2018. I was contacted by the publishers to write a review for their new game, which I am of course very grateful for.
You can find a trailer for it on YouTube through this link.
You can currently only buy it in the Nintendo E-shop.
The introduction for the story is as followed:
Secrets that can’t be solved by magic
～Iris School of Wizardry aka ISW～
Iris School of Wizardry, known as ISW, is the school smart, talented, and rich boys and girls attend. It’s very difficult to enter, but after they graduate, their future is promised to be working in a various elite section for the government organization.
Aria who lost her parents when she was small. As she was working in the second-hand book shop, she dreamed to be a great wizard like her father.
She received a letter.
It was the letter of acceptance to ISW
The story starts of with a Prologue and after the first chapter you get to choose the character you wish to romance. From Chapter 2 onward, you will follow that characters main route. During this chapter you’ll get a chance to switch to the special route for Iris.
The set-up is very similar to other otome games, you first read the prologue to get to know the characters and than you choose one to date. But the added in extra route is a nice touch to the normal concept.
All of the main characters are voiced in Japanese, the MC Aria isn’t voiced. Minor characters, such as random students are also voiced, this makes the story feel more lively.
While playing the different routes, I will update my opinion on them here.
I played his route first and got both the good and the endless ending. It was more of a coincident that I stumbled upon it. Like I said before, during the second chapter you’ll get a chance to switch to his route and being my curious self I of course triggered this to happen.
His route was very different from what I imagined the game to be like after reading the first parts. He has a very unstable personality, I really enjoyed his route though. And now every time I’ll get to the point where I can trigger his route, I’ll feel guilty for not doing it.
During the first parts of his route, I kept thinking ‘curiosity killed the cat’. You could even make choices where the MC ended up dying, which was very unexpected to me. I had first though this game was very lighthearted and cute, but how wrong I was. His route was far from that, it was very emotional and it really affected me since I didn’t even know it was an option. He quickly worked his way into my heart, even with all his crazy behavior.
The illustration is done by Marika (茉莉花) and looks very beautiful. All of the CG’s look very pretty, the same goes for the backgrounds. All the characters have different sprites, which is of course nice and shows a lot more emotion behind their words.
The game is supported with text in both Japanese and English. Thank you for understanding that we also like those Japanese otome games! Please send more our way! Although I don’t mind translating the Japanese ones to English myself, it’s nice to see that Japanese companies are realizing how popular their games are in Western countries, so keep them coming, we’ll be waiting!
I played the game in English. Although the text in English isn’t always grammatically correct, it didn’t bother me. Anyone who naturally speaks English will notice that it isn’t written in perfectly correct English, but I doubt even my posts are always correct.
If you consider yourself a grammar nazi, you might have a problem looking past this. The English is not perfect, I will admit that, but it’s not so bad that I was no longer able to enjoy the game.
I had to make this a section as well. While playing, you’ll always see what each button on your Switch does. There’s no need to start guessing which button skips or with which one you’ll see the log. I find that to be a nice touch, I have played games in the past where they don’t show this and I found that to be annoying. So I am very glad that they thought of putting it in.
Saving and Loading
You can save and load at all times (except when choosing which character’s route you want to play, but you can save before the screen comes up). This is so handy when you want to get all their ending or aren’t sure which option you should pick. You can save during choices. This is also something that I found annoying in other games. So kudos to them for letting us safe at all times!
I really enjoyed playing this game so far and am planning on making a walkthrough for it. I am very grateful that I was given the opportunity to play this game and I do recommend to others who are into the otome game genre.
I hope you’re all looking forward to the walkthough I’ll make for this game!