Review by bwagner330

"Potter fans should definetely buy this game."

This game,while being extremely short and easy,Is great fun for anyone who likes Harry Potter.

Graphics 7/10

The graphics in this game are great.The spell effects are nicely polished and Harry looks great.It gets points taken away because the mouths on the people are always smiling,and ''cutscenes'' which fill in the blanks in the story are done like there is a book with illustrations in it.The pages in the book turn and there is words at the bottom.Just slightly lame.

Sound 8/10

The sound effects is the game are really cool.Whenever Harry casts spells there is cool noises and he yells ''Wingardium Leviosa'',''Flippendo'',Etc. .This game has full voice acting so There are voices somewhat like the characters in the movie.

Story 5/10

The story in the game is basically just like the book.It suffers when events that were in the book are not in order.Then there is the fact that an entire year is supposed to take place in about 6 hours of gameplay.Harry never goes to sleep and time never really passes.You only go to each class once so you don't get the feel that your really in a school.Potter fans will like the story while non potter fans might find it jumbled and unentertaining.

Gameplay 7/10

The gameplay in this game is fun and addictive.The problem is that the game is so easy and short(5-6 hours).The puzzles aren't challenging and neither are the creatures you fight.The gameplay isn't very deep(The X button casts the appropriate spell for whatever you need to do,You don't pick the spell you wish to cast) and there is an auto jump.The fights are easy with you basicaly shooting a flippendo spell by taping X(or holding it down to charge it up for creatures you encounter later in the game).And then there is quidditch.While being perhaps one of the coolest sequences ever in a movie,It suffered in the game.All it really is, is a stripped down mini game.You fly around on your broom following the snitch which shoots off rings which you fly through,When you fly through the rings you get faster untill a little bar appears at the bottom of the screen and you have to tap the X button at just the right time to catch the snitch.The bludgers are easy to dodge and the rest of quidditch does not really take place(There is no quaffle).But once again Potter fans will enjoy it.

Overall 7/10

This game is enjoyable but short and potter fans will like it.

Buy or rent?

While potter fans might want to buy this game and play through it several times,But One should be able to beat this with a rental.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 11/24/01, Updated 11/24/01

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