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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Kraken Academy 15 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
Play involves exploring the high school and talking to students and staff. The first time through you are simply learning who people are and deciding with club to join: Music, Art, Sports and Drama. But then on subsequent loops, you keep the things you've found with you, and can make different choices. Slowly you uncover the Traitor, a malevolent mastermind, who could be anyone at the school.
Along the way there are other (non-world-saving) activities to dive into. You can learn teachers' and students' routines as you explore every corner of the campus during this three day loop. Attend a costume party, become a detective, and help the school's janitor bring down a crime syndicate.
The result is a game with some light dating-sim aspects, puzzle solving and mini-games. But the main event is how intuitive and intricate the use of the time loop is. Get to the end and you've not only shared a great story but felt really clever while you did it.
Release Date: 10/09/2021, updated in 2023
Price: 60% off
Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Accessibility: 24 features
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Pixels
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