I must admit, I’ve only watched a few episodes of Little Witch Academia. And I’ve mostly only seen it because it’s on Netflix and a friend of mine recommended it. While I feel the show’s demographic probably skews quite a bit younger than me, I can still appreciate the quirky cuteness of it all. And I can definitely appreciate a good action-based RPG like Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time after getting some hands-on with its demo.
The developers are working closely with the team behind the anime to bring fans a brand new story created just for the game. For those not familiar with the anime, it follows the adventures of Akko and her witch school friends. While most of the students come from witchy families Akko herself is more of an optimistic novice. Of course, underneath the surface, there’s something extra special about her and she somehow possesses the wand of a legendary witch.
Throughout the game you’ll rely on the spells and special skills of Akko and her friends to battle your way through all sorts of monsters. Wolves, dragons, bats and more will challenge you along the way. Fortunately, your crew is very well armed and have a variety of regular and heavy spell attacks. Plus there’s rechargeable super spells that can take out a whole screen of grunts or do serious damage to a boss. You’ll be able to upgrade all your spells as you progress as well.
The gameplay itself is reminiscent of classic arcade beat-em-up side scrollers. For some reason, it reminded me specifically of the classic Capcom title Knights of the Round, possibly because of the gothic castle setting of the demo I played. But you could just as easily compare it to other greats like Konami’s X-Men game or the more recent Castle Crashers.
In Chamber of Time, you’ll take on your challenges in teams of three. While I played as Akko herself during the demo, I was accompanied by her AI pals, Lotte and Sucy through each fight screen. Hopefully, this means that couch or online co-op will be coming to the final version of the title because it definitely seems like the kind of title that such a feature would shine in. Sadly, there’s no confirmation of such a feature at this point.
However, there will be more characters available in the final version. It’s been revealed that Amanda, Jasmika, and Constanze will also be coming along for the adventure. In what capacity they’ll play a part right now, but hopefully, this means that they’ll be playable and not just AI support characters.
Right now there’s not much more to report about Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, but we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as we learn more.