Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry

Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry

Animal Crossing is Grand Theft Auto for big girls' blouses. It's for people who want to explore an open world, but one that's pretty and cosy instead of huge and scary; who want to chat with giant ducks instead of angry gangsters. It's for those of us who would rather collect shells on the beach than smash a gentleman's face in with a baseball bat, and shake pears out of trees than pay a lady to put something in her mouth when she's not even hungry.

Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry is Animal Crossing for people who like Harry Potter. As you've probably guessed it features very little in the way of prostitution or drug dealing, and there's nothing here for those firmly in the GTA camp. But if you're into catching fish and buying furniture, and have played Animal Crossing so much you've actually paid off your mortgage, this is a decent alternative.

The game begins with you enrolling as a student at the aforementioned School. There are limited character customisation options, and whatever happens you'll end up with a tiny child's body and a head the size of a pumpkin. You're shown round the school by Reginald, whose head actually is a pumpkin. Your dorm room is sparse, with no furniture but a single wardrobe, and drab floor and wall coverings. If you've played Animal Crossing, you can see where this is going - especially when Reginald suggests asking the local shopkeeper for a job.

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