Ah, Virtua School. Another game I played far too much of as a teenager and which I’ve bought back to life on my iPod Touch courtesy of the ill-fated iDOS
. I truly love this game.
Virtua School is a text-based game which casts you as a kid starting his first day of school, forced to deal with the usual array of problems – girls, bullies, exams and extra-curricular activities. Using multiple choice options you weave your way through these scenarios, with a single playthrough lasting around ten minutes.
What I like most about Virtua School though is the random events which are woven into each game to help make things a bit different. The changes range from big things, like bomb scares or after-school parties, to smaller alterations, like characters changing their opinions or reactions. Popular girl Liz might like you one day and hate you another.
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Virtua School isn’t a revolutionarily complex game, nor is it particularly unique in any identifiable way. It’s just something simple, done really well – and I’ve always had a soft-spot for things like that. It’s why I like beans on toast so much; it may just be beans on toast, but I cook it really
Virtua School was so popular when it was first released that the creators, Dana Lodico and Josh Noe, even planned on making a sequel. Unfortunately, nine years after that fact the official website
still hasn’t been updated – so it’s probably off the cards. Still, at least the original still holds up well.