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Starswirl Academy is a visual novel created by the Zap Apple Project. Originally based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it has since become its own unique story, separate from the show.

You play as a new transfer student, Tom, fresh off the train. Since you're a senior, it seems as though every one of your classmates knows exactly what their talents are. You couldn't be more directionless, but that's why you chose to come here, right? It's time to find out exactly who you are.

The game is currently in development, and has no set release date. A demo is available here.


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Tropes used in this story are:

  • Captain Ersatz: Due to breaking away from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It's still pretty easy to tell who's based on who.
  • Childhood Friends: Tom and Tai. What type of friends they are or end up as largely depends on which route you take.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Tom. He even laments the fact that everyone else he comes across seems to have their interests so nailed down.
  • Elaborate University High: Starswirl Academy is one of the most prestigious schools in the country, and the campus is huge.
  • Multicolored Hair:
    • Tai Saito (Dark Purple with Light Purple and Magenta streaks)
    • Robin Douglas (Rainbow Hair).
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Tom, who has to find out just where he fits in with all of the different characters, clubs and groups around the school.
  • Prolonged Prologue: The second demo of the game covers the entirety of the prologue, and it takes about two hours to get through.
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  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Headmaster Solomon. Tom and Tai are late to their first meeting, and she doesn't seem to mind. The two students are still intimidated by her, though.
  • Satchel Switcheroo: Just as Tom is about to try and settle into his dorm, he finds that his luggage and Tai's luggage were switched by Dixie. Naturally, it contains Tai's underwear, so Tom has to march across the campus with it.
  • School Festival: The first night ends with a "Stargazing Festival," where all the students gather on the school lawn and turn off all the lights on campus to gaze up at the stars. Depending on your choices, Tom can attend with Tai, go alone and meet someone else, stay alone through the festival, or skip it altogether.
  • Story Branching: Depending on which clubs you pick and which girl you want to be Tom's love interest.

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