Squeaky Wheel Games is prepping to release their game Academia: School Simulator. The game lets you build your very own high-school from the ground up, and control and dictate the lives of your students, including helping them become valedictorians or louses; lovers or thugs; the next Trump or the next Obama. Your choices will shape the future of the kids who attend your school. Their future is in the palm of your hand.
The developers recently announced that there will be various paid tiers for when the game enters into Early Access on September 8th, including a $20 base game that gets you a basic Steam or DRM-free download direct from the site. There’s also a $25 tier that includes a free copy of Political Animals, and there’s also $200 tier that features two games, your name being featured in the game, and a limited edition custom teacher sprite designed in your likeness. The $200 tier will be limited to only 100 units being sold, so work fast if you want a teacher made in your likeness added to the game!
As for the game itself, it’s designed very similar to Prison Architect, insofar that it’s a 8-bit inspired game with an overhead building management view so you can see how your school looks from the top down. You can get a glimpse of what the gameplay is like with the trailer below.
Much like Prison Architect, you start with nothing but a basic outline in the middle of nowhere. You eventually add rooms, choose the insignia, add dormitories, expand the cafeteria, and help educate your kids so that they become enlightened and intelligent like the kids in Singapore, who will go on to become underpaid and overworked at American tech companies, and not like the kids from places like Desoto High School located in the southwest end of Florida, where nearly half of them don’t graduate and go on to settle into menial jobs like becoming ballot counters during the election.
Anyway, you’ll be able to choose student to teacher ratios, student motivation programs, disciplinary measures for problem kids, facilities for both education and fitness, as well as being able to micromanage the finances to ensure that not only are your kids getting a good education but you’re doing so without driving the whole institute into bankruptcy.
I would almost be willing to bet that most top players of Academia: School Simulator would probably do a better job at reorganizing and improving America’s own education system more than the people who are currently in charge at the Department of Education.
Anyway, if you want to customize your school, create your seal, manage some spiffy students, upstanding teachers, and prove to the world that you can good education and sound budgeting don’t have to be mutually exclusive, feel free to check out Academia: School Simulator over on the Steam store page.
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