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Overview

Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times is an RPG where the player plays the role of a student at the enrolled at the wizardry school for magic. Within the game, various members of the academy appear a number of times along with the character. The character is capable of making strong relationships with with students enrolled, some with whom become fast new friends. Books and many featured inanimate objects can come to life through the use of a lot of magic. Besides traveling to their attending school, the players can venture off to solve some of the challenging puzzles required throughout the gaming experience. The goal is to receive the coveted license magic and the title of a Master Magician.


Gameplay 

Using Animal Crossing as a Point of Comparison


Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times borrows a lot from Nintendo's Animal Crossing, but also takes the social sim genre in some minor, different directions.
 
 Character creation is straightforward here. Few questions, just buttons for your hair, skin color, and facial features.
You take the role of a student who has transferred to a school for wizards nestled in a sleepy college town.  Unlike in Animal Crossing, the player does not start out in debt, but instead is given the chance to work for the shopkeeper to earn extra money through fetch quests, as well as learning about magical spells in class.  These magical spells have minor effects but can sometimes be helpful in bothering classmates, changing the environment slightly, or helping in quests during Mystery Time (explained below), though learning them in class takes a long time.
 The Fish Category
It's these classes that provide the backbone of the game, and can be said to be the progression mechanic similar to what earning money to pay off your house did in Animal Crossing.
 
More closely mirroring Animal Crossing, players can fish and catch insects, collecting them to complete a set.  In addition to those there are types of mushrooms you can find.  There are several shops throughout the town which allow you to alter the appearance of your character, and you can interact with the locals in set conversation snippets which don't have a large impact on the game other than to affect your reputation with individual characters. 

 

Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times does reflect real time in the game corresponding to how the DS's clock is set, but instead of discrete holidays, there is Mystery Time, which makes the surroundings slightly surreal, with a differently-colored sky and different landscape features.  Classes during these anomalies are canceled and you can participate in different mini-games than normal. There is also a character central to a given mystery which has a scripted but more in-depth character interaction sequence, if you can find them in time.
 

Some reviews have noted that the interaction between player character and the town inhabitants is more mean-spirited than Animal Crossing, with people questioning your character or saying they don't like you at random.  A bit too much like real life for some, although this might be blamed on the localization rather than the original Japanese.  Altering reputation is similar to that in Animal Crossing, where you give gifts to those who hate you and keep in touch with those who like you.
 
The character designs are more varied than Animal Crossing, encompassing all kinds of surreal creatures, although there is less variation in the types of people that come and go.
 
Both screens in this game are used to render the 3D environment, causing slight performance issues but creating a unified feel between the two screens.  WiFi support is included, allowing you to visit other friends' towns and the characters they currently have living there, as well as casting spells on friends and their town, and chatting with them.

 

Explore

The players town is entirely divided into different sectors and areas in which the player can visit. The sector that complements the town is filled with small shops and the apartment complex, situated east of the school. The beach is situated north of the town where players can visit the local fish and catch insects. Charlie's Noodles appears at will during the afternoon and evening hours of the day in this area of the Town. Visit the beach to reach Lover's Point and the town's island. There is the plains, a huge sector parted by a streaming river. Many of the students that are enrolled in the academy  have accommodated to a life of living in tree houses.


How spells work

  •   Once you learn the basics of spellcraft and have an understanding for the appropriate symbols to use, you can combine these symbols to create a spell effect. 
 On the way to making someone pass gas.
  • Symbols are selected from the bottom part of the screen with the stylus, which then appear in the row on the top portion of the screen. 
  • If you use the proper combination, you will get a spell effect. 
  • You must learn how to do these things in class, though, as the improper combination of spell icons will not produce any effect.

Mechanics

Controls

 'Items in place, everbody!'
Items are chosen through simple commands. Find the right commands to perform the perfect task.  

CommandTool
 D-pad Move
 A Talk \ Take
 B

 Cancel \ Run \ Move Furniture \ Speed Text

 Y Opens Languistic Menu
 X

 Interact with Furnature \ Waving

 L Opens bag
 R Cycles through tools
 Start Personal Info. Screen
 Select Saves the game.
 Info States rank \ shows wizard hat and staffs
 Magic Spell List
 Incantation Incantation List
 Map Town Map \ Learn about town
 Telegram Show Telegrams
 Friends Friendcode \ Register code


Mystery Time

Mystery Time flowing by!

The Mystery Time Changes according to the date.

Start of CycleEnd of CycleEnd of TimingSimulating Season
  March 1   End of May   4:00AM  Spring
  June 1   End of August   3:00AM  Summer
  September 1   End of November   3:30AM  Fall
  December 1   End of February   4:30AM  Winter

Star Signs

The Stars are shining!

MonthStar SymbolMeaning
 January The Broom   You're the hard working type that keeps to the straight and narrow.   
 February  The Whirler    You're the creative type.  
 March  The Witch's Nose    You're the type that can never say no.
 April  The Bat's Wing    You're the type that likes to take the lead.   
 May   The Little Pot    You're the type that has a strong  sense of responsibility.  
 June  The Lips    You're the sociable type.  
 July  The Heart    You're the sensitive type.  
 August  The Big Pot    You're the type that likes to cut  loose with friends.  
 September  The Scale Tail    You're the studious and meticulous type.  
 October  The Staff    You're the calm and polite type.  
 November  The Hat    You're the inquisitive type. 
 December  The Skull    You're the clever type that can get through anything.

Certificates

CategoryDescription
   Fish Wizard    Catch all the fish.  
   Bug Wizard     Catch all the bugs.  
  Wise Wizard    Finish all of the mystery cases.  
  Evil Wizard    Cause mischief all over the town.  
   Love Wizard     Have 10 classmates confess to their love.  
   Flower Wizard   Make 200 blooming flowers in town.  
  Forgetful Wizard    Received after not saving progress after 4 times.
  Skull Wizard    Eliminate 100 ghosts with flatulence spell.  

Failure to Using the Saving Feature

Spending time in this room may be occur more often then you thought.
Cleaning rooms at the prep school can result in punishment if the player of the town does not take precaution to save the throughout their DS gameplay. The chore can become a regular bothersome occurrence but can be avoided when saving the progress. The accommodation of cleaning  can be no fun, but to clear the spots that tied so close together can become a nuisance to clearing with ease. Reginald punishes with a steel iron fist if he thinks the player doesn't work properly or thinks that the player has tired and tried to leave the room without finishing the task of cleaning. As it is, the player should steer clear of going too close to the door. Clean a specific smidge in one tidy spot, then preoccupy with moving on to the next spot, most preferably one that isn't so close by a clean area.



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