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The Academy: The First Riddle

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Available on:PCJun 19, 2020

Developer: Pine Studio

Publisher: Snapbreak

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle

Hello, Students, and Welcome to the Academy! As the school’s headmistress, it’s my honor to show you some of the features that await you as soon as you enroll. The Academy has always attracted the most curious of minds, so it comes as no surprise that you’re here now. Feel free to come in and take a look around! Explore every corner of the marvelous Academy. Quite magnificent, isn’t it? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to walk these halls and soak in the school in all its splendor. Although the Academy is famous for its more colorful sights, there are darker corners to be found as well.

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The Academy has the kind of premise that should make it feel more special than it is. It certainly shines with its different array of puzzles. But the game's characters and their dialogue make this feel as exciting as Algebra class. I should feel more excited about the extracurriculars, but instead, The Academy's shortcomings had me watching the clock and waiting for the bell to ring.

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A boarding school adventure packed full of puzzles, The Academy combines Proffesor Layton and Harry Potter to provide hours of classroom antics. If you can cope with some cumbersome controls, you'll find plenty of pop quizzes and mysteries to solve within.

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At $17.99 on Steam at the time of writing, it's hard to beat up The Academy: The First Riddle too much. It's a lot of fun, it's value priced, and the developers are actively engaged with the community and prepping patches for much of the things I've mentioned. Could it be better at launch? Certainly. Does it deliver a compelling stack of puzzles that'll have you scratching your brain for hours? Absolutely. We have to give credit to Pine Studios for trying something new, even if they might have gotten a C on that "Debugging" class.

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The Academy has a weak narrative, poor puzzles, and game-breaking bugs. This is one invitation you're going to want to avoid.

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