A lovely time management game with no missable achievements and can be played on the easiest difficulty. I would recommend watching all the cutscenes while playing through the game. 10h to 100% the game.
Approximate amount of time to 100%: 10h
Estimated achievement difficulty: 2/10
Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
Is there a good guide available: No, but you won’t need a guide
Multiplayer achievements: No
Missable achievements: No
Grinding Achievements: No
DLC-Only achievements: No
Speedrun achievements: No
Time-gated achievements: No
Does difficulty affect achievements: No, you can play on the easiest difficulty and still unlock all the achievements
Unobtainable/glitched achievements: No
Arcane Arts Academy 2 is another lovely Time Management game from GameHouse and SQRT3. This is the second game in this particular series and it goes further where the story stopped in the first game. I did miss a bit of a recap of the story from the first game, so you won’t really be introduced to the characters, but I think it is not that hard to understand the story from this game alone. If you have the chance, I would recommend playing “Arcane Arts Academy” first.
I enjoy the magical school setting in this series a lot. It feels a bit like Harry Potter, but also totally different. I had sometimes trouble understanding why the main character made a poor choice after another poor choice. I like to see her grow up a bit and not get into all the troubles she gets into because she has learned from earlier mistakes. Although I don’t play this type of game specifically for the store, I enjoy the mechanic more than the story in general in time management games.
Arcane Arts Academy 2 felt a bit easier than the first title or other newer titles from GameHouse, but that is absolutely a good thing in my book. Makes the game more accessible for everybody and you can always crank up the difficulty for a more challenging game.
Achievement-wise this game is the same as the other recent GameHouse games. It has no missable achievements and no grindy ones. You might have to redo a level 1 or 2 times per area if you beat everything in one try to get some of the achievements, but you can’t really call that a grind. I would highly recommend watching all the cutscenes while playing through the game, otherwise you have to watch to ones you didn’t finish through the menu, but that is still possible if you did skip some. You can play on the easiest difficulty and still unlock every achievement.
This review for Arcane Arts Academy 2 was written on 22 September 2022, based on the current Steam version of the game which has 53 achievements at the time of writing this review. This information can be outdated, for example, when the developer adds or removes achievements or releases (new) DLC.