Little by little, I’ve become a fan of Bandai-Namco’s line of anime-based titles such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, Attack on Titan, and such. So when I heard about them bringing over Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time that’s based off the famed series, I was a bit excited. Sadly not all games based on anime shows can be good, as this one is full of problems and will be for die-hard fans of the series to waste time on.
Serving almost like a side episode to the series, this adventure starts off like any other day at Luna Nova Magical Academy with Atsuko “Akko” Kagari and her two close friends Lotte and Sucy getting ready to prepare for another day of learning magic and getting into trouble. It isn’t long before the young ladies get wrapped up in the biggest adventure of their lives that involves finding their way to a long forgotten place known as the Chamber of Time. Without giving anything away, let’s just say Akko causes some time troubles within the chamber, and the girls will have to use all of their magic powers and knowledge to set things right, or the academy and possibly the world will fall to chaos.
The game plays out like two-in-one, as most of the time you’re walking around the academy talking with other students and teachers, finding items, and solving puzzles and problems you come across. The second part consists of an action RPG brawler-like game where you choose three characters and fight your way past enemies, score loot and XP to enhance your abilities, and of course fight bosses. The sad thing is that both parts don’t play out well as most times you’ll be slowly moving back and forth doing “gopher” quests and talking to NPCs that sometimes lead you on wild goose chases as you won’t know where to go or what to do. And when you get to the fighting parts, the AI for your companions is non-existent and will leave you high and dry when you need help the most.
At least everything looks and sounds great, as they captured the look and feel of the anime series perfectly. From the art style and animation, to the especially funny dialogue from the original Japanese voice actors from the show in the cutscenes, fans will fall in love with it right away. It’s just sad that the rest of the game couldn’t be as polished as these bits.
I really wanted to like this game, but the gameplay issues are just too much for me to look over. I could go on and on about all the problems it has, but trust me when I say that Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is for die-hard fans of the series, as they’re the only ones who will be able to look past the many faults and find the enjoyable moments fun. Anyone else will want to stay away from this magical spell that comes off feeling more like a curse.