Publisher: WB Games/ TT Fusion
Year released: 2010
Unusually, this game is not made by Electronic Arts (EA) who have the Harry Potter license but by TT Fusion who have successfully made quite a few Lego based films (Star Wars episodes 1-6, Clone Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and Batman). What TT Fusion has done is to include both content from the films and the books and added a bit of Lego humour and adapted everything to Lego. The Harry Potter franchise still comes under WB Games however.
The cut scenes are used sparingly and often lend themselves more from the films than the books, but still include the key events from both. No actual voices are used just sounds, which are adapted to a male or female tone.
|Screenshot: Charms Lesson|
As the game goes on the levels became fewer but longer which is annoying when you have one item to find and gives the feeling of being rushed, but I guess there is so much to do in each episode it would be difficult to condense it. The touch screen is brilliantly used with the spells being drawn out and the option of using the control pad or the stylus to move your character (whomever you choose or make).
You can tell a lot of hard work with excellent attention to detail has gone into making this game, and one hopes that when they release years 5-7 that the same wonderful elements are in it too. My friend and I were discussing the DS game and we agreed on how we would improve it; a Knight Bus level- avoiding the traffic and collect studs/ objects. Or to play a Lego Quidditch match, on control Buckbeak in flight. But this is a really good game, best played on the 3DS as its boosts the picture quality which is the only real sticking point as the game is really good otherwise (this point is moot if played on the i-phone as picture quality is excellent).