I remember playing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on the family computer for hours when I was a kid. I had a blast aside from cursing the game anytime I “incorrectly” traced a spell I was trying to learn. The idea of running around a magic school was appealing and pleasant. Unfortunately, as an adult, I have yet to find a game that captured that same magic. However, the upcoming indie title Witchbrook may change that.
Witchbrook will bring gamers back to school, a magic school! This life simulator has players forging their identities as witches-in-training aiming to graduate. Here one can make friends, foes, and everything in between. One will develop their magical abilities by going to classes and completing their assignments. If one requires a break from school, there are plenty of other activities as well.
Extracurricular activities have a wide range, from photography to growing magical crops. There are also shops to explore, cafes to indulge in, and seasonal markets. Once one has unraveled the mysteries of the campus and graduation comes, the fun doesn’t end there. Graduate witches are in high demand and can always find work. Overall, this life sim will have a lot to offer upon release.
I have been a part of the Witchbrook Hangout Facebook group since 2018, eagerly awaiting any news on this game. Unfortunately, only bits and pieces have been shared with the public until recently. Now that there is a Steam page in place, it feels more real. Developer Chucklefish boasts it will be a multiplayer game, and I am excited to see how it will work. The graphics remind me of a cross between Habbo Hotel and Graveyard Keeper. This is meant to be a compliment; the landscapes look well crafted and is reminiscent of my early online days. It is also exciting to hear that there will be things to do after graduation. Overall, Witchbrook will have a lot to offer once released.
Odds and Ends
Witchbrook does not have an official release date yet. However, it can now be Wishlisted on Steam, allowing future players access to updates. If you are ready to play a game set in a magical school right this moment, check out WITCHYBOP’s article on Spellcaster University.