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We really love this game!
Lego 3862 Games: Harry Potter Hogwarts
Member Name: MsRachF
Lego 3862 Games: Harry Potter Hogwarts
Advantages: Fun, challenging, promotes logical/strategic thinking and planning, and creativity
I bought this game for my daughter or her 8th birthday almost a year ago and we've had lots of fun playing it since! I chose it as my daughter is a big fan of Harry Potter and also of Lego, we already had the Shave a Sheep Lego game which we enjoyed.
SETTING UP THE GAME:
Before you can play you have to build the board (Hogwarts Castle). The instructions to build the board are simple and easy to follow and my daughter was very able to do so on her own/instruct me what to do. Between us it took about an hour. The board can be placed whole into the box so you aren't required to build it from scratch from every time. Although as part of the fun of the Lego games is that you get something to build as well as a game to play, my daughter does take it apart and re-build it every now and again. Once it is built the board is stable and does not break apart when you are playing with it. The dice is built by clicking the tile faces onto a cube.
PLAYING THE GAME:
Lego recommends the game is for players aged 8+, 2-4 players and that the game will take 20-40 minutes to play. The aim of the game is move around the corridors of Hogwarts Castle to collect 4 homework items from 4 different classroom and then return to your common room to win the game.
The four common rooms are in each corner of the board and each player gets to choose one (youngest gets first choice). The oldest player starts the game by rolling the dice.
Each classroom has 1/2 entry points and to move into the rooms and between the staircases the brown corridors must meet up.
You only ever move your character once on each turn, however you can also move are the staircases and classrooms! If you roll 1-3 this dictates how many times you get to move the staircases and classrooms around. You do this by picking up a staircase (not one with a character on, and not a classroom) and moving the other staircases and/or classrooms in a straiight line into the space. If you roll 2 or 3 you can then move the stairs/classrooms into the new empty space you've created, when you've finished moving you replace the staircase you initially picked up in the empty space.
The other faces on the dice are the rotate icons which allow you to rotate any staircase; and the Marauder's Map which allows you to move to adjacent classroom/staircase even if there isn't a corridor connecting it.
When you enter a classroom you pick the homework item whose colour matches your house colour and return it the special space in your common room. Once you have all 4 items you make your way back to your common room and whoever gets back first is the winner!
There are a few rules to follow and you definitely need to play with the rule book handy the first couple of times. But its a really enjoyable game. Being able to move the corridors around requires careful thinking, do you want to move classrooms in an easier position for you to get to, or are you aiming to make it more difficult for your oponents? You need to try and think ahead to what your next move might be. I think the game definitely promotes logical and tactical forward thinking and helps develop these skills in children. But then of course things can change very quickly depending on what your opponents roll/move, which is what makes it fun. My daughter is 8 and has beat me at this game (and I'm not a parent who lets their child win for the sake of it), so its not too hard for children get to grips with.
As with all Lego games there are several suggested variations and you are encouraged to come up with your own.
You can make the game shorter by not returning to your common room at the end; or my daughter and I have played where you have to get to the entrance instead.
As well as the coloured Lego characters you move around the board, there are also mini characters of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Professor Dumbledore and Mrs Norris the cat. Some of the suggested game variations include these characters for exmaple you can replace one of the faces on the dice with a plain red tile and when this is rolled you can move Dumbledore from his spot on the entrance staircase onto a adjacent staircase or classroom. Then if your character moves into a staircase or character containing Dumbledore at any point he can assist you by showing you a secret passageway! To include Mrs Norris put the brown tile onto the dice and when it rolled you can move Mrs Norris onto any empty staircase, blocking that staircase. you have to come up with own ways to include the others characters.
The ability to make changes in the game enable you to make quite a different way of playing, its a good way of encouraging creative thinking.
I think this is an excellent game, its enjoyable and challenging for adults and children. Well worth the money and gives hours of fun. I would (and have) definitely recommend this game to friends and family.
Summary: Exceeded my expectations. Well done Lego!
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