You're a wizard, Larry. <em>Witchbrook<\/em>, the new game from <em>Stardew Valley<\/em> publisher Chucklefish, has nothing to do with <em>Harry<\/em> <em>Potter<\/em>, but it's hard to hear the term "magic school" without thinking of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Boy Who Lived has quite the monopoly, as it turns out.\r\n\r\nPerhaps Chucklefish will be able to change that once and for all, wrangling the concept of education in magic away from Hogwarts and opening the door for others to tackle the concept. <em>Witchbrook<\/em> is a little bit <em>Stardew<\/em> <em>Valley<\/em>, and yes, a little bit <em>Harry<\/em> <em>Potter<\/em>. While there's no gameplay footage just yet, it bears a huge resemblance to <em>Stardew<\/em> <em>Valley<\/em>, so just watch that trailer and mentally replace the farming stuff with magic stuff.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=wEWuI3tuUiY\r\n\r\n<em>Witchbrook<\/em> can be considered an entry into the increasingly popular "life simulator" genre, though this particular life is spiced up with magic, potions, and the like. Players find themselves guiding a prospective witch or wizard through their magic education, which includes participating in school activities, socializing with other students, and of course taking a variety of magic courses.\r\n\r\nThere are plenty of side activities, like gardening (hey, focus on what you're good at it), wizard dueling, stamp collecting, artifact hunting, potion brewing, and more. Players can also cook food in the traditional sense if they prefer to forego the whimsical and get their virtual hands dirty.\r\n\r\nPlayers can expect challenging puzzles, seasonal experiences, and a day and night cycle, which should be familiar to players of <em>Stardew<\/em> <em>Valley<\/em>. There are also minigames, like broom racing, card games, and wizard chess. It doesn't sound like <em>Witchbrook<\/em> players will have trouble finding something to do.\r\n\r\nOf course, the primary focus of the game will be getting through school and becoming an effective magic user but, like <em>Stardew<\/em> <em>Valley<\/em>, <em>Witchbrook<\/em> will be more about the journey than the destination. Players will meet a vibrant cast of characters along the way, each helping to forge a unique and eventful school experience. It certainly sounds as if Chucklefish is looking to deliver another relaxed, involving narrative experience that's less about gameplay mechanics and more about what the player gets out of the game.\r\n\r\nThere is currently zero release information regarding <em>Witchbrook<\/em>, so it's unknown what platforms it's coming to and when it will hit said platforms. It will almost definitely show up on Steam and its aesthetic style makes it an easy choice for Nintendo Switch, but time will tell.