Hogwarts Term begins... Be Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, learning to master all things magical in a world filled with wizardry, fun, and danger. The adventure begins as Harry Potter arrives at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Explore Hogwarts while solving puzzles, casting spells, battling foes and uncovring secrets. Journey from Privet Drive to Hogwarts and sneak, climb, and jump as you explore 3D environments. Battle evil creatures using all of Harry's abilities. Learn to fly on a broomstick and play fast-paced, arcade-style Quidditch. Uncover special items including the Invisibility Cloak, wizard sweets, potion ingredients, Chocolate Frogs, Famous Wizard Cards, and broomsticks. Interact with over twenty unforgettable characters from J.K. Rowling's magical world. With Ron and Hermione at your side, cast spells and confront adversaries to thwart You-Know-Who's evil plans.
The graphics for the game are surprisingly good. It's mostly a third person view, with a floating camera that sometimes gets you into a jam because you can't see what you're doing, but I've seen a number of games lately that have far more graphical problem that this one. Finally a game company took the time to work out the graphics, and make sure that there was no camera clipping, or other common problems with a game like this. The game, for the most part, while cartoony, was nice to look at, and the atmosphere did it justice to the game and movie.
The interface is rather simple, mostly mouse, but a few keyboard strokes needed every now and then. The game is mostly point and click, with movement done by keyboard. You might need the spacebar every now and then to drink a potion to get your health back up, but I think I used a whole 3-4 potions throughout the whole game (heck, half of the game I didn't even know what the potions were for...)
I do not believe there is a multiplayer option for this game (if there was, I didn't play it).
Ok, so I'm not really into the Harry Potter thing, nor am I into the games, but I do like FPS and the old school Lara Croft games, so I figured since I got done watching the movie, I'd give the game a try. It followed the movie pretty close, so I got the basic idea of the game right away.
I was impressed by the graphics, as well as the ease of play. Probably geared more towards my kids, I was into playing the game and finishing it. I was a little disappointed with the progress of the spells, and the challenges that had parts in them where you needed skills that you did not posess yet (spongify most notably). You can always go back into the challenges and redo them, to get more points, and to pick up the magic cards and other things in them, and to get a faster time to gain more house points (something which I think is rigged after the first two point ceremonies).
Also, I think the quidditch games are mostly optional. I only played one game the whole game, so I think I needed to actively search out the games to play. This also applies to the wizard dualing. After a certain point in the game, I was no longer given the option to be able to dual. Oh well, I made it to 6th place.
All in all, it's a pretty solid game, which is kinda fun to play as well. I only crashed a few times and the graphics are solid. My only big gripe is that you cannot alt-tab out of the game and if you get pulled out somehow, you have to end task on the game to quit it (you can't get back into it). Other than that, it's not too bad for a kids game.
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