School life RPG is in fact the sub-genre of life-simulation games. They’re basically life simulation games set in school environment. I’m guessing you want to have some fun re-living school environment via gaming. That’s why you’re here! So, when you’re ready, scroll down and check out the best RPG games about school life. You’ll find a lot of gems, I guarantee.
Alright guys and gals. Now is the time to return to school. Will you be a nerd, a bully, part of a sports team, or a cheerleader? It doesn’t matter how you were or what you were in real life. You can be anything in a role-playing game!
20 school life RPGs:
1. SIMS 4 High School Years / University DLCs
Best RPG game with the school life is most definitely the Sims 4. And yes, Sims 4 is a role-playing game about life itself, possibly the most realistic one too.
In older Sims 4, your sim would simply go to school alone and you wouldn’t participate. But that’s changed in Sims 4. Now you can follow your Sim to school, participate classes, make friends, go to cafeteria, etc. In university, you can participate in clubs, rent a dorm, and make presentations. That’s why Sims 4 is the best game with the school life. It’s a blast!
The Sims 4 is free to play on Steam. But you need to buy DLCs to really enjoy school life in Sims 4. Those DLCs are High School Year Expansion Pack and Discover University.
Bully is a game released when Rockstar Studio was the gangster. It’s a game in which you control a 15-year-old high school bully called Jimmy Hopkins.
You can beat the jocks at dodge ball, play pranks on the preppies, save the nerds, kiss the girl and navigate the social hierarchy.
All in all, it’s one of my favorite open world RPGs. So, if you’re looking for RPG games about school life, don’t miss Bully.
3. Growing Up
Growing Up is a life simulation about growing up as stated in the title. The game covers the entire journey from toddler to adulthood where you go to schools, learn new things, meet friends, and have wild adventures.
1990s chilling childhood experience will immerse you in Growing Up like no other school RPG.
The game is also real deal RPG with branching stories, decisions, freedom, and character development. That’s the reason why I consider Growing Up one of the best RPGs about school life.
4. Creme de la Creme
Creme de la Creme is one of the best text based RPGs and is about school life. There are no graphics, or gameplay in it. The game is all about text. Like an interactive adventure book.
So, you find yourself in a private school for socialites! Will you study hard, find a perfect match, or embrace scandal?
440,000-word interactive novel by Hannah Powell-Smith awaits you!
5. Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy lets you experience school life with a twist of magic. Gameplay is great, reviews are high, open world, so, anyone who likes Harry Potter would definitely like Hogwarts Legacy. And yeah, it’s about a student’s journey in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The game features open world action with RPG elements. Just the way I like my video games.
Main story is a little bit short. But side quests carry the game.
6. Life is Strange
If you haven’t played Life is Strange franchise my friend, you’re in for a treat. Life is Strange is an episodic adventure series with ultra rich story. You’ll get to solve crimes, manipulate time, touch in people’s lives, and experience a disturbed school life.
You see, it’s not specifically about school life. But you get to experience school life in the story because the main character is a photography senior in the first game. Once you complete it, you can play other Life is Strange games. I believe there are 3 or 4 of them.
7. South Park
South Park is an animation comedy series that’s been going on since 1997. It’s one of the most successful productions there is. Wow, 30 years, Cartman and the boys are still in elementary school.
Firstly, in 2014 South Park the Stick of Truth released. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews and high rating. Three years after in 2017, South Park The Fractured But Whole released, receiving similar positive reviews.
If you want fun comedic RPGs set in school setting, give South Park games a shot even if you don’t watch the TV series.
8. Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5 Royal is an award-winning RPG set in Tokyo. You’re a delinquent forced to transfer to a high school after getting framed for an assault you were trying to stop!
Explore Tokyo, unlock Personas, customize your own personal Thieves Den, experience alternate endings, and romance bunch of pretty chicks!
Demonschool is a new-style tactics RPG where you fight and defeat weirdos all while navigating university life on a mysterious island.
A light horror story and bunch of side-quests will highly immerse you. What’s more, you can build relationship with up to 15 characters.
10. Songs of Glimmerwick
There you go, one of my favorite magic school RPG life-sim. Songs of Glimmerwick is a game where you attend classes, grow the university garden, make friends, and explore island as an aspiring witch!
You can cast spells, brew potions, and participate curricular activities. It kinda reminds me of the Cozy Grove, but slightly different.
Go watch the trailer on Youtube, you’ll fell in love! I hope they make more games similar to it.
Aha, another witch school RPG. Witchbrook is a magic school RPG that’s highly inspired by the Harry Potter books. You get to live in a magical world, study magick, and build relationship with fellow students, teachers, and townsfolk.
The game doesn’t end when you graduate. It’s possible to continue your studies as a post-graduate to perfect your skills. You can become the best witch you can be! Besides, a graduate witch is always in high demand with the local townsfolk.
12. Kindergarten 2
Kindergarten 2 is a fun meme game about getting murdered! Ha ha.
In this game you’ll find yourself in a new school with new friends… And new ways to get ruthlessly murdered.
Some even call it American school simulator jokingly…
13. Chinese Parents
I bet you know the Chinese parents or Asian parents meme. They get disappointed unless you score A+ in every class. That’s not enough either. Unless you’re a doctor at 16, your parents are disappointed! Ha ha, that’s the meme of Asian parents.
Chinese Parents is a meme school life simulation set in China. First you raise your kids, then you play as your kids to raise their kids. The game is never-ending cycle! Will you raise generation of weebs or doctors? It’s up to you!
14. The friends of Ringo Ishikawa
The friends of Ringo Ishikawa is about a highschool gang leader Ringo Ishikawa. You’ll step into the shoes of a high school delinquent in Japan.
Basically, the game is an open world beat’em up with some school simulation elements. Also, a little bit of slice-of-life themes in it. You have likely not played anything similar before.
15. Lost Judgment
Here is a dark-twisted RPG featuring the most controversial topics. When a convicted police officer discloses the murder of the student teacher who bullied his son to self-deletion, the dark secrets of a Yokohama high school rise to the surface.
Detective Takayuki Yagami goes undercover at a prestigious high school as a club advisor to solve a string of twisted bullying cases.
16. The Fog Knows Your Name
The Fog Knows Your Name is a text-based indie adventure game inspired by the choose your adventure type books. 300,000 word interactive story ensures you that your choices are really matters.
You play as a senior year of high school student. One of your classmates found dead six months ago and you were the last person to see him before the incident. Half the town thinks it was you who murdered him whereas other half believes it was the fog. The fog is the mythical supernatural entity. Now it’s your duty to solve murders and the find out the truth about mysterious fog.
17. Project Kat
Project Kat is a short RPG horror game in anime style. You play as Kat and attempt to uncover the mystery behind a strange golden letter. In the way you’ll be solving puzzles, making friends, and participating in school life.
The gameplay is about 45 minutes with multipole different endings. Meaning all your decisions have different outcomes! Just the way I like role playing games.
18. Lawmage Academy
Lawmage Academy is a school RPG with a twist of magic. As an aspiring wizard, you can learn spells, craft potions, make friends, and go on exciting adventures.
The game is made in JRPG (Japanese-Role-Playing-Game) style. If you don’t mind the style, I say go for it.
Wizard101 is a free to play MMORPG. As stated in the name, you enroll in Wizardry 101 in the Ravenwood School of Magical Arts.
Start as a student, master powerful spells against tough bosses, collect and befriend hundreds of pets, and explore fantastical worlds across The Spiral!
Beware, MMORPGs are time consuming. Don’t start if you don’t have lots of time.
20. School Days
Let’s wrap this up with a meme game of my one of the favorite game developer. Man, I love MDickie games. I’ve played The You Testament, Hard Time, and Wrestling games of MDickie. They are all ridiculously absurd and equally fun.
This one is a mobile game. I don’t think you can find a better mobile school RPG game. The purpose of School Days is to survive! Over 100 students are walking the hall. Some are nerds, some are predator bullies. Anything can happen anytime!
You live every hour of every day in real-time – from getting out of bed in the morning to attending a timetable full of classes, as you explore a city filled with interactive props.