Ikenfell (2020)

Recommended by Fatima Voyer-Ndiogou
Seek More

Would you like to discover the magical potential within you? Attend a magic school? Learn how to hone your wizarding skills in a non-problematic way? Then Ikenfell is the game for you.

While it isn’t a school simulator per se, Ikenfell immerses you in the world of its namesake, prestigious school of magic. This fantastical universe is rich with diverse and unique characters that will bring you along their personal journeys, as well as help you on yours. 

This is a game about love, kindness, and family—and it is truly, well, magical. It’s a mysterious game full of secrets.

Developed by Happy Ray Games and musically brought to life by Alvi & Surasshu (the composer duo of Steven Universe) and Sabrielle Augustin, this turn-based role-playing game is an absolute gem. If you are looking for a challenging-yet-sweet game, this is the one to pick up and play.

Fatima Voyer-Ndiogou is a narrative designer and scriptwriter

Maritte is an ‘’Ordinary’’, a young woman without magic powers. She’s a little bit envious of her younger sister Safina, a rebellious but prodigious witch who always seems to be caught in one adventure or another in her magic school, Ikenfell.

But when Safina disappears without a trace, Maritte takes it into her own hands to find her way into Ikenfell where she discovers a secret that threatens the world… and her relationship with her sister.

Ikenfell is a game that’s literally oozing with charm; the graphics are minimalistic but colourful and vibrant. And the characters’ have been meticulously crafted, so much that each personality shines through. And we haven’t mentioned the ridiculously great soundtrack yet!

The gameplay blends strategy RPG and rhythm (à la Paper Mario) beautifully offering a fun challenge. If you’re not a veteran gamer, though, don’t worry: Ikenfell offers lots of accessibility options, making sure the game can be enjoyed by anyone.

Ikenfell is also a wonderfully inclusive title. The cast is comprised of characters from across the LGBTQ+ community. But most importantly the characters’ orientation or gender is never the focus, it’s just a part of who they are.

Ikenfell is a sweet game that feels like a warm blanket, with a great story to boot.

… and to restore your health, you have to pet cats. Need I say more?

Review by Pier-Luc Ouellet




Family, Indie Games, LGBTQ2+, Seek More Games

Canadian connection

Developed by Happy Ray Games
Vancouver, BC