We've been sort of Kairosoft crazy ever since they released their phenomenal game company simulation Game Dev Story [$1.99/Lite] last year. Then, Kairosoft followed up that release here in the States with Hot Springs Story [$3.99/Lite], an even more refined simulation that let you manage and expand your own Japanese spa. Since then, Kairosoft has been releasing tons of differently themed simulations using their trademark character and style, but so far none of them have made it out of the Japanese App Store and into the US.

Back in April we took a look at one of those titles, which through our powers of mediocre translation we were calling Pocket School Story 2. It turns out that the game is actually called Pocket Academy [$3.99/Lite], and it has just gone live in the US App Store. Pocket Academy looks extremely similar to Hot Springs Story, except that you are creating a successful school from the ground up and managing all of the different aspects of it rather than a Japanese bath house.

We'll be putting Pocket Academy through its paces and come back with a full review soon, but since there are no doubt many of you who will buy a new Kairosoft game sight unseen (myself included) I figured that the decent thing to do would be to let you know of its availability and provide you with a link to the game. You can also check out the early impressions from gamers in our forums who have picked up the game, and we'll be back with more on Pocket Academy soon.

Update: A lite version is now available too.

  • John

    no universal..

  • Passerby

    I am sick of pixelated retro graphics.  I am old enough to have played original space invaders, but this is 21st Century, man.  Get on with the times, man. :)
    Oh well, there must be demand for it but TA affection for retro games is like a fetish.

    • Macaroon

      I`m personally loving the retro love we`re getting on iOS, and I`m of that era too. I could quite happily do without all the naff emulators, but all the retro inspired games seem to really encapsulate what I love about iOS gaming - simple pixel games that nail the touch screen / accelerometer. Some of my faves: Minotaur Rescue, Velocispider, P1XL Party, Pix`n Rush, Sword and Sworcery (which is in a league of its own imo).

      • Jessica

         I love "retro" sprite graphics.  When the GBA originally came out I was hooked on it because it was, to me at least, essentially a hand-held SNES..  I still play the newer full on 3D graphics games on the Wii or my computer, but I really love the sprite graphics on something like my iPhone.  The iPhone is a small device..  It feels more natural to see sprites than 3D, IMO.

    • Loneaviator

      These games in particular have the retro look because they're ports from older cell phone games. Now, let me get off your lawn. 

    • http://twitter.com/Bunion Bunion

      See, i'm personally sick of ultra realism and Devs throwing more polygons at their games. I see games as a form of escapism and when they are ultra realistic, for me,  games rarely provide that experience.

    • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

      Just ignore all the games from this developer, simple.

    • Asd

      If you actually were that old, you'd be living in nostalgic paradise with these games like the rest of us are. Back to CoD with you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ngohuyq Huy Ngo

        I like the retro stylized game.  It's an artistic decision.  Personally I think of it as giving themselves more time to work on the gameplay.  Gameplay > realism.

  • http://profiles.google.com/o.a.setiawan Omar Aria

    insta-buy !

  • Loneaviator

    They also have a racing sim for the Android, Grand Prix Story which is even more addicting than Game Dev Story. Haven't seen that in the app store yet, but it's a definite must buy when it shows up. 

    • Mthundersword

      More addicting then Game Dev Story? Impossible!

  • Shadowknight626

    YES!!! been waiting for this one gran prix now this i love you kairosoft iam happy i have both ipad and android phone :)))

    • http://twitter.com/severinggecko Eliott Geisler

      im glad i have a rooted nook color to go with my idevices, so i can have ALL of the games they have released thus far...so addicting

  • Awesome

    almost forgot the company, cuz of tiny tower

  • http://twitter.com/teknikal69 P Allen

    Looks more interesting to me than Hot Springs Storys although I like the look of their upcoming star trek looking one more.

  • antz

    I WANT IT!!!! Grand Prix Story next! hopefully soon!

    • Spikecolor

      i know!!!! when does it come out?

  • Anonymous

    When I saw this, I started hyperventilating and I immediately bought it. I'm gonna get he'll when my parents find out.

  • Noah

    I loved GameDevStory... hated HotSpringsStory. Does this version offer anything new or is it just a reskin of the previous two?

    • https://twitter.com/#!/NissaCam Nissa Campbell

      I haven't had much of a chance to play it yet (sleeping and all, you know) but it seems pretty different. You do still build rooms, but you also manage the students and their classes and relationships and stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/tonyrockyhorror Tony Bowman

    Still waiting on an iPad version of Game Dev Story, or a sequel at least.

  • Shamu

    yea is this a universal app? looks like a iphone/ipod app only to me. can anyone clarify?

  • Dan LeBlanc

    Gonna get it, but wish Grand Prix Story would come out for ios.  (Only on android for some reason)

  • Nuriko

    just wondering if anyone knows how to get those popular spots up? been trying much... but funds kinda lo.. only managed to get one spot up! using principal's office, tea room and staff room!

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