My Universe – School Teacher Review
It’s the back-to-school season! Time to open the doors of your school and welcome your new students. Put on your schoolbag and get your notebooks: the game My Universe – School Teacher is available today on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and digitally on Xbox One and soon on PC/Mac.
Play as a young teacher with a mission: take on the challenge to bring your new school back to the top and become the best teacher of all! To achieve these goals, numerous tasks await you: share your knowledge with your pupils, get involved with the school life, take part in contests and help improve the reputation of your school so it becomes the best in town. Your teaching skills and efforts will be worth your while!
In your classroom, you will need to carefully manage your students. They all have unique strengths and weaknesses: it’s up to you to adapt your teaching to make sure they can follow and learn in the best
conditions. Each discipline features its own mini-game: as you succeed, more and more pupils will take part in your classes and new mini-games will be unlocked.
And that’s not it! In addition to the customization options for your character (man/woman, clothes, accessories…), you can bring your own personal touch to the whole school. Give some style to your school by decorating all its different locations according to your wishes. Colors, shapes, items… everything is possible for you to imagine and create the school of your dreams!
Features of the game:
- A unique gameplay style for each discipline – Biology, art, geometry, music… and so much more!
- Unique students – Each having their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Different possibilities – Follow the weekly program or explore the school freely to discover all its secrets.
- Full customization: choose the name and logo of your school, the appearance of your character, even the decoration of your classroom, and the different locations in your school.
For this game, I recruited my five-year-old daughter to see what she thought of the game. Clearly, this is not a game designed with adult gamers in mind. The developers actually call out that this series is designed specifically for kids excited to jump into their dream adult life. The game starts simple enough, you start by creating and naming your teacher, there are a few customization options to start (you unlock a lot more as you progress through the game) she enjoyed being able to design her teacher (who suspiciously looked a lot like her older sister). Then you meet up with the principal and jump right into your classes. Each week is carved out into 4 days, with three classes per day. Some of these range from reading, to science, to various art type classes. Each class has you start with a mini-game, whether it’s following the button sequences, remembering the patterns, or even a rock band-Esque music class to get stars. Once the instructional part is over you monitor your students as they work racking up more stars (like a job mill really) and they may raise their hand for a question, daydream, or even fall asleep (which happens a lot) you need to head over and resolve the issue so they continue working and rack up more stars, kind of like demented whack-a-mole. As you progress there are more and more mini-games to keep you engaged, and you learn and help your students in new ways all while unlocking new customization options for your teacher, and various classrooms. It does feel a little repetitive, however, we know kids learn and enjoy repetition at a young age, so my daughter didn’t mind at all.
Graphically it’s nothing special however it’s also not bad, it’s a clear aesthetic they went for and it runs well. Load times to startup are a bit long, especially on the Nintendo switch. The music is simple and kind of elevator music like, so not really anything to annoy a player, but easily forgettable and just blends into the experience. All of the mini-games function as designed and I didn’t have any issues, glitches, or anything like that to deter from the gameplay experience. My biggest item for the wishlist of improvements is a difficulty setting, some of the games were a bit too hard for a five-year-old, which is fine, but considering the range of ages that would probably most enjoy this game I would think is from 5-10 you’d want to include as many as possible.
As we played through the game a bit more we started voicing the different characters as we went along, from the creepy janitor to the principal to the students, my daughter enjoyed creating a world all her own as she played teacher. If you have a kid who is interested in being a teacher or really good at playing pretend, this is definitely something to add to the old Christmas list this holiday season.
A code for this review was provided by the publishers.