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Having bought this on recommendation I would recommend this game to any wii owner without hesitation!
Unlike normal platform style games this game has so many different levels, tasks, things to do and bonus levels. Set in a whimsical Lego world all your favourite Harry potter character feature as little Lego men, women and animals. The attention to detail is superb, everything is Lego even the owls! Between levels there are little video style clips of the Lego characters enacting the plot of the books/films. As there is actually no talking everyone can understand their cute Lego noises which makes it even more comical!
It can be played single or double players and requires wii remote and nunchuk per player.
Aim of the game
There are many things to do not simply playing from start level to end.
Learn new spells - including Wingardium leviosa, Lumos and ridikkulus!
Collect yellow bricks - for completing specific tasks
Collect red bricks - hidden around Hogwarts
Collect as many studs (like coins) as possible to buy things
Unlock new Lego characters (approx 150)
Free various students in peril - students in various types of danger around Hogwarts
Collect pieces of the Hogwarts house shield
If you just play the game from level 1 to end you actually only complete about 50%, there's just so much to discover including many bonus levels in Gringotts. When you unlock a dark magician like Voldemort or Tom Riddle you can go back and replay the levels as there's more to do with new kinds of magic!
As there is so much to do the game lasts many many hours and in my opinion is well worth the initial outlay as it is so engaging, humorous and full of variety that it entertains children and Adults for a good long time!
Although the game follows the book/film story very closely you do not need to know them in order to play and enjoy the game. There are step by step instructions that tell you why to do as You walk through each of the 1-4 stories.
The only downfall I can think of is that when I two player
If the characters nice too far apart the screen splits and
I find this quite awkward to follow visually.
My sister has been a big fan of Lego and Harry Potter, so when she saw that there was a Wii game she asked for it for her birthday and it has turned into a game that not only she likes, but my whole family likes. Not only do I play it by myself, but she also plays it with my mum and they are forever playing to get to the next level or find the hidden things included throughout the game.
Similar to the other Lego created games they are advised to be suitable for those who are seven plus, which is about right due to the fact that sometimes parts in it can be quite difficult or require a bit more thought to complete than other games for younger audiences. You'll also need a Nunchuck for each of the Wii remotes that you want to play with, as this is what controls the characters throughout the game. Also, although the game states that it contains violence and fear, this isn't that true( I mean how violent can Lego get!) most of it is just characters punching each other.
Even if you are not a great gamer, this game is still great for you, as my mum who pretty much only sticks to the Wii Fit and Just Dance games has stuck to this game ever since we bought it. Most of the time you'll find her and my sister playing it if you ever go to use the Wii in our house!
The graphics are really good on this game, with each character and environment being developed and detailed really clearly. It sticks to the whole Lego format, as all the surroundings and characters look like they are made out of Lego, and when hit or attacked, many of them fall apart into individual Lego blocks. The colours used throughout really distinguish the different settings, and make you more involved within the game, as they are either really bright or eye-catching or add to the overall darkness of a particular environment.
You can have up to 3 game save slots, and you can either play single player or alone. It doesn't matter either if you play single player for a while and then want to play multiplayer, as the other person can just "Drop in" by getting a Wii remote and just pressing a button. Once you have finished a level, there is also the opportunity to go and replay it, so you can get even more coins or find the hidden things like the Gold Bricks or SuperKits.
The story itself is good as it sticks to the original Harry Potter format, following all through the memorable scenes that it had, it's just in Lego format! Throughout you'll also have various things to do such as the Lessons, which help you improve your characters and give them more abilities. The fact you can unlock characters makes playing this game even more fun, as you get to play with a wide difference of characters and abilities, making no level the same as the previous.
Most of the activities throughout the levels are pretty straightforward enough, although some are quite challenging and you will have to think of new ways to get past it. Usually this could be from using a characters certain power, or finishing a task in the nearby area. It rarely gets frustrating, as sooner or later you always find a way to complete the task.
Throughout all of the levels, are the Lego "Studs" which each player can collect, they are basically the same form as money or experience points. After you have collected enough you can visit Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Madam Malkins Robes For All Occasions or Gringotts Bank - these let you purchase upgrades or customise your character - this has kept me playing the game for many hours after completing it as all I want to do is collect all the extras available and get all the upgrades!
For those who may get a bit too competitive, the multiplayer feature is a great bonus, as it does not require you to try and beat the person you play with, but rather to work alongside them. It makes playing so much easier, as rather than having to switch through loads of characters when you want something done, the other person is usually already that character!
Overall, this is a great game with basically no faults. It never gets boring as there is always something to achieve, complete and the tasks given are always different than the next. The environments that you explore throughout are really well detailed and add to the overall gaming experience in only a positive way. If you like to play alone or as multiplayer, it doesn't matter, this game will suit whatever your gaming preference is!
Let it be said straight away that I am not a gamer by any means. I enjoy having a go on the wii and things but I soon become frustrated with game play and so I much prefer to play on dancing games where I am at least pretty good at them! However, my son loves to play on the wii and so when I purchase games for him I am often looking for games which we will be able to play together and this is how I came to purchase Lego Harry Potter years 1-4.
The game loads in the same way as any other wii game loads in that once the game is inserted in to the wii you need to click on the game icon with the wii remote and allow it to load. With this Lego game once you have started a new game the sequence is quite impressive as you are shown Harry's arrival at number 4 Privet Drive as a baby and so of course meet Dumbledore, Professor Mc Gonegal and Hagrid all as Lego characters which is nice.
You begin the game in the leaky cauldron where you have the options to go to Hogwarts to continue your game, replay a level, play free play or go through to Diagon Alley. I have to say that initially my son and I did get quite confused about where we were meant to go and how we would play the game but after a few plays we became more familiar with what things led where. In Diagon Alley there are various shops in which you can buy wizarding supplies and characters once you have found their token in the game using Lego studs which you earn through the game.
The game basically follows the principles of the Harry Potter films in that you follow the story in order of the films picking up on key events as you go along and so you will have to battle the troll in year one, the snake in year two, rescue Sirius Black in year three and complete the maze and battle Voldemort in year four. My son and I found that as the story of the game followed these patterns that we had a bit of an idea of what to expect and what might be coming next but this was not always the case. On many occasions my son and I would get lost within the game, especially as we first began to play, and so we would have to head upstairs and have a look on you tube as a guide to find out what we needed to do. It is handy though that for the most part there are arrows pointing the way in Hogwarts and so you can usually find where you need to go with a bit of practice.
As you go through the game you will find that there are different characters in which you can play certain levels with and that you will sometimes need to use their characters to get past a certain part of a level, for example in year one to follow the troll you need to turn in to Ron's rat who will crawl through some pipes and then release a wall for the other players to go through. You will also find that much like within the films the characters need to complete tasks in order to learn certain spells which are required in the levels. All of the spells obviously are used for a different purpose and it can be tricky at first to remember what spell is required when but the game only gives a few spells at once and you will usually find that the latest spell you are learned is the one required. I have to say my son was much better than me at remembering which spells did what and he would sometimes get frustrated with me as I forgot or pressed the wrong button to scroll through all of the spells at our disposal!
You can play this game as a solo player or as a multi player and my son and I more often than not played it together as it was a bit of fun family time (lets pretend here that I didn't get frustrated on more than one occasion and throw my wii remote across the room!) What is really good about this Lego game in comparison to some others is when the game is being played with two players the screen splits in two. Now with other Lego games prior to this the screen would split but if one player was lagging behind the other player could not continue but with Harry Potter you can just go off and do your own thing without feeling stuck. Of course my son and I tried to stay together for the most part and it was usually him waiting around for me to catch up!
Obviously the aim of the game is to defeat all of the baddies at the level ends but this isn't all there is to it at all. As you go through levels I have explained already that you learn new spells and with these spells as you go through Hogwarts you can use them to fire magic at items which will then release Lego studs which you can then save to purchase new characters in Diagon Alley. However, you cannot purchase characters until you have found them hidden in the game and so there is a lot of scopes to go back and replay levels even after you have beaten all of the baddies in the game. My son and I have not found or bought all of the characters as yet even though we have completed all of the levels and so there is a lot of playability left in the game for us as we try and find lots more studs, characters and other bonuses which may be lurking around. During each level you are also encouraged to collect as many studs as possible so that you can achieve true wizard status at the end of that level and if you get this you will be rewarded with a gold brick which can be used to unlock bonus content and rewards.
My son and I found that some level ends were much trickier than others and to be honest I was expecting that the end level where you battle with Voldemort after he has killed Cedric would be the hardest but this is not really the case. I wasn't allowed to play this level under orders from my son and he played it on his own and beat Voldemort with ease to be honest! Despite this he was absolutely made up that he had managed it on his own and so he got a real sense of achievement despite it not being as difficult as we had anticipated.
The graphics in the game are wonderful as far as I am concerned. I love the fact that key things from the films are recreated using Lego animation throughout the levels and I think it really adds a lot to the game play as you go along. The fact that it will pause too at key moments to show this just allows you a few seconds break from game play which I think is a good thing too. The controls to play the game can be tricky at times because you need the nunchuck accessory to control the characters movement whilst the buttons on the main wii remote are used to swap characters and cast spells and such like and I would often forget and press the wrong buttons but I don't think this really hinders the game and for a more experienced game player I am sure this wouldn't be an issue at all. My son had no issues with the controls at all apart from when we hadn't played for a while and his memory would just need refreshing.
This game can actually be purchased from just £11.00 now because later on this month the Lego Harry Potter years 5-7 will be released! The new game is already on my son's Christmas list and to be honest I am looking forward to playing it with him! I would certainly recommend picking up this game on the wii because I do think it is a fun game which you can play with your children.
Thank you for reading my review!
I have been a fan of the Harry Potter franchise for a good 10 years or so, and I was aware there was a game of the series, but I had not really thought about it much till we went to visit my sister, and my nephew was playing the playstation version of it, and my kids sat with him for ages just watching him play and trying to join in.
I decided that this would be a good purchase for my son for his 5th birthday, and although this was only a couple of weeks ago, I have lived and breathed this game since then, both in terms of watching them, watching my husband, and even starting my own game, so I have experience of the game through playing and watching up to completion. We are a household of lego addicts, and the boys also love playing computer games when they get chance, so they have some experience of platform games for the Wii before trying this game.
The game is rated as suitable for people aged 7 plus. I can see why, as some parts are quite tricky, but there is nothing graphically in my opinion that I have been unhappy with my children aged 3 and 5 seeing. The problem comes because there are sometimes written instructions on the screen they want me to read for them, and also sometimes we have to sit with them and help them figure out quite what to do. My 3 year old is so good though, he can often figure out what we need to do before me or my husband. It certainly helps with logic, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Background to the game:
The game is part of the lego series. All the characters and scenery are built up out of lego, so this combines my son's love of lego and building, alongside a story that we love, Harry Potter, and covers years 1-4, starting with an animation showing Harry Potter as a baby being dropped off at the Dursley's house as a baby, and then him being 11, and getting his invitation to join Hogwart's school of Wizardry. The action starts when Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley to get some things ready for starting the school year. It is not long till you are at Hogwarts, starting to do lessons and learn spells which you can then use around the castle to recreate scenes from the story that will be familiar to anyone who has read and loved the story. This ranges from the troll in the bathroom in Book One, to the dragons in the Tri-Wizard tournament in Book 4, via dealing with the plant Devil's Snare, making Polyjuice potions, and a multitude of experiences inbetween.
The attention to detail in the story is amazing. It helps if you are familiar with the story, I find, as it gives some hints to how you might respond in the game at that point of the story. E.g. I know I need to get Harry to fly a broomstick in the Philosopher's Stone, so I can catch a key, so I know to find the broomstick and get on it.
Interspersed in the game play are animations that help to move the story on, and it is so amusing watching the facial expressions on the lego characters as these happen. They are so close to the plot I know and love, that I get a lot out of watching them, even when it is not me who is playing.
Playing the game:
Using the Wii, I find that it can sometimes be a bit tricky to control the characters. My sister came to visit us, and she has spent many hours playing this on the playstation herself with her son, and her comment was that it was much harder to control the gameplay on this console.
As well as using the Wii-mote, you also need to use the nunchuck attachment as the joystick controls the character, the C button allows you to switch between characters and get on and off objects such as broomsticks, the night bus and the trolley in Gringott's bank. The Z button then allows you to use your wand to cast spells.
The Wii-mote is then held in the other hand, and allows you to switch between spells, and aim and blast at lego structures to blow them up, while the A button allows you to jump, and the B button allows you to dig when you are Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, or Hagrid's dog Fang. I find it incredibly difficult at points to co-ordinate myself, but I can perhaps put this down to the fact that I am not usually a big gamer, and therefore my brain is perhaps more accustomed to controls more like the playstation one with it all in one place. I am sure I can train myself to get used to it, and in the meantime, my hubbie thinks it is hilarious when I am shouting at the computer because I can't jump over a pit of lava.
Aim of the game:
It is a traditional platform game, with you completing levels in quite a linear manner, following the timeline of the story. A lot of the time, you follow a ghost round the castle and grounds to do tasks in a certain order, blasting your way round as you go. There is quite frequently arrows on the screen at door entrances to show you what way to go, as well as instructions on screen like 'you can't do this yet until you have learned how to do.....'. As you go round, the aim is to collect money and golden bricks by completing tasks, and if you see any students in peril on your journey, then you need to free them to gain extra bricks.
Once you complete certain tasks, such as the lessons, you can then do new spells and complete more activities. It is the sort of game that you will complete without doing everything the first time round. The first run through of the whole game my husband has completed with the kids they only actually managed to complete about 40% of it. It is possible to do slightly more, but not 100%, as until you have learned all the spells, you will not be able to complete all the tasks. As you go round, you also unlock new characters by collecting a disk with their picture on. To do this, you need to have enough coins too to buy this character.
As you complete a level, you are given the option to go back to Diagon Alley. Here you can spend those coins on the characters, buying some new spells, and buying golden bricks. These can then be used in the game. There are also some bonus levels accessible through Gringott's bank once you have completed enough levels. Here you can do things that you haven't yet unlocked in the game, and collect a lot of bonus money.
My overall impression of the game:
The music matches the music you hear in the films, and visually, it is also very similar, with the costumes and physical appearance of the characters, apart from the characters being made out of lego. The age range is definitely appropriate. While there is no way I would let my kids watch more than book 1 or 2 in film version, here, because it is lego and cartoon action, it is not scary, and in some ways it is toned down for the younger audience. When Cedric Diggery is killed in book 4, Dumbledore appears with an instruction manual to put him back together, and when someone loses a life, you are left with a pile of lego bricks.
There are lots of comical moments in the animations, which enthrall all members of my house equally. They are not boring, like those you see in some games, and I would not skip through them.
Game play can be tricky, and is a little repetitive at times, but is somehow very addictive to try and go round and do all the spells, find all the hidden coins, character discs and those pesky golden bricks. Sometimes because it is hard to control the characters, the game can appear to be stuck, but usually there is a way round it. E.g. I got a ball stuck in a corner on one level, but by turning into Hermione's cat, Crookshanks, I could manouvere it out, whereas if I had stayed in human form I would never have managed it.
We find it is a great way of spending some quality time with the kids while we all sit and figure it out, and even though the initial run through has been fairly quick at a couple of weeks, we have a long way to go before we get to 100% completion.
For the moment, we cannot get enough of this game, and that is a unanimous household decision. (So much so that me and the hubbie even sat and played this on our wedding anniversary once the kids were in bed.)
Our only negative has been that it is a 2 player game, but we can only play one player because we only have one nunchuck. We are going to remedy that soon. Also, it is really hard to make yourself stop playing and you can find you have wasted hours on it.
Hi, everybody. My name is Charlotte and I'm obsessed with Harry Potter. ("Hi, Charlotte".) I've also been a fan of computer and console games every since I was a child and although I'm not into 'lads' games like Call of Duty and the like, I do still like to play adventure games every now and then. I was therefore very excited about the prospect of a Lego Harry Potter game being released on the Wii, as I had spent many hours playing Gamecube Harry Potter games in previous years and so imagined that I would enjoy playing a similar game with Wii controls even more. I had heard good things about Lego videogames, as they were known to be fairly tongue-in-cheek with much deliberate humour while still being enjoyable games to play. I therefore purchased the Wii version as soon as possible after it was released, luckily managing to get a pre-owned copy for £25 when new copies cost in excess of £30.
== First Impressions ==
On first playing the game, I liked it. I loved the Lego depiction of the Harry Potter world and thought that all the characters and surroundings looked brilliant, with the clunky lego shapes being quirky enough to be endearing. The various levels of the game are punctuated by reasonably short clips from the Harry Potter books to show what was happening in the story, acted out with Lego animation. These clips are, in my eyes, pure genius and, despite being without dialogue, do depict much of the Harry Potter storylines in a very amusing way.
The game speed was also fairly quick and I didn't find myself stuck at many loading screens, which often happens on the Wii due to it not being a particularly fast console. By use of the Wii remote and the nunchuk it was relatively easy to control your little Lego characters and switch between them and I had a lot of fun right from the off.
== Later Impressions ==
A few hours after starting to play, however, I started to feel a bit more frustrated. I found the spell casting controls to be confusing and I often couldn't work out how to get my character to do what I wanted it to, frequently turning to the instruction booklet included for some enlightenment. I grew up playing games on the Nintendo 64 etc. and so I'm not one to normally find difficulty in using the controls in video games, and so I would never put my trouble down to me not being au fait with computer controls.
My interest in the game also started to wane when I discovered that you could not save a game during a level, only once it was completed. Since a few of the levels take half an hour or so to complete, this is very annoying if you don't have the time or the will to complete one in one go. You instead have to try to hurry on to the end so that you can save and go away (without having much fun, making this game somewhat redundant in this respect) or have to quit without saving and then repeat the beginning of the level when you come back to it. I also found myself getting stuck on one level without being able to work out what to do next, and so soon gave up entirely on Lego Harry Potter Wii.
== The iPhone Game ==
Although I had enjoyed the Lego depictions of the Harry Potter story, I found myself disappointed by the Wii game and was not enthusiastic about going back to retry it, feeling that even its cheaper £25 price had not been worth spending. One day, however, I found that the iPhone App Store had a version of the Lego Harry Potter game available and, despite my displeasure with the Wii version, decided that I'd give it another go. At £3 for the phone version, it would be much less of a wasted expense if I didn't much care for it, and since I could carry it with me wherever I went it would be a convenient game to play if I did love it.
Which I did. I soon found myself playing Lego Harry Potter on my iPhone all the time, with the problems that I had encountered with the Wii version completely absent. The controls, despite all being done with my thumbs on a small touch screen as opposed to proper controllers, and the graphics, displayed on a inch-long phone screen instead of a wide screen television, were infinitely better. I had no trouble getting my characters to do as I wanted and nor did I have any problems in completing levels. My favourite aspect of the Wii games, the movie scenes, were also available on the iPhone game and looked just as good if not better on the smaller screen, and were much easier to find and re-watch than they were on the Wii. I also found the extras on the iPhone, such as collecting 'gold hats' and character cards (as in the Bertie Botts cards from the books) a lot more fun than what the Wii had to offer, which was similar but, unfortunately, not as fun. If the Wii version had been exactly the same game as this, but on a larger screen, I would have enjoyed it much more than I did, but unfortunately in all the ways that the two versions were different, the Wii was the poorer of the two.
== Trying the Wii Again ==
Since I had enjoyed playing the iPhone game so much, I decided to give the Wii version of Lego Harry Potter another try. I came to it positively, thinking that perhaps I had judged it too early, but again gave up after only a few minutes. I again found it difficult to control my character and had no idea where anything was or how to access certain parts of the game - a problem which I had not had on my phone version. While on the phone game, access to the main game levels and the extras are all close together and easy to find, on playing the Wii again I found myself running around Diagon Alley trying to find where on Earth the entrance to the main game was, eventually finding it by chance.
== In Conclusion ==
It will come to you all as no surprise to hear that I do not recommend this game. I love Harry Potter and found its depiction in Lego format as charming as well as clever and amusing, but unfortunately the game in itself is not a good one. While I am happy to have spent £3 on its iPhone counterpart, the £25 I spent on this game was, unfortunately, wasted. I did really want to like this game, but unfortunately it was not to be.
I have purposefully not gone into massive detail about the gameplay of this game, as, since I am not recommending it in this format, I did not really see the point. I understand that the game differs a lot from console format to console format so it may be a lot better on the Xbox 360, for example, as it was on the iPhone, so don't let my review put you off trying this game on other consoles. If you have a Wii, however, I would not advise buying this game. For iPhone owners, on the other hand, buying the game would be £3 well spent.
We bought this game at Christmas for £39.99 from Tesco and wasn't disappointed. The game is quite simple but has lots of levels and loads of things to collect which encourages the player to go back and retry levels again. There is a good choice of charactors and lots of potions and spells to learn along the way. The Harry Potter story is told well and the game fits into the film in a clever ways featuring Boggerts and Dementors and chances to fly on a broom.
In true Lego game style, there is also a free play mode and bonus games in which the player can collect more money or even build their own level! My daughter has spent longer building her own level than she has playing the game!
The down side to the game is that in some parts visability or player view is very poor and it is difficult to see where you need to go. There are also a few design faults and the game has the tendancy to stick or crash and the only way to solve this is by switching off the wii and restarting the whole level again. Very frustrating.
The overall game play is good with some puzzles more taxing than others. The difficulty level in general is possibly simpler than other Lego games I've played with some of the pieces hidden in very predictable places.
The two player mode has been significantly improved since other lego games and now features split screen to enable players to explore where they like without having to wait for other players. Far less frustrating!
Overall we have enjoyed playing this game and have done so a lot. However we still have more to collect and explore and think it will keep us entertained for some time to come.
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Myself and my boyfriend have been addicted to the lego games since we discovered the Batman game. When we heard Harry Potter was coming out we wanted to buy it almost the day it came out we were literally counting down the days. Even though there was a bit of change from the other games once we got used to it didn't let us down!
The game is set over five levels, each being a year at Harry's school Hogwarts, so you follow the storylines from the film quite closely. You start in a main area of the school and stumble across levels one by one . In each level you unlock more characters and spells you can do. Like all lego games the more you do, the more you can do. You have to go through the game once, just doing what is available to you but then once you get to the end and have unlocked all the extras you can go back and start from the beginning again. In the other games the first time round is called following the story and then the second time round is called free play.
The game can be played one player or two player, but is more suited to multi play as each character has different abilities so you really do need two of you to complete each level. Don't worry if you are playing by yourself the computer plays the other character to help you out. An example of this is that Harry can fly a broomstick, and Ron can use Scabbers to go into small places. Each characters individual skills are useful in a different way.
The levels are really interactive and involve problem solving and a little bit of fighting, but not too much, which makes it suitable for a wide variety of ages. The only reason you may not give it to a younger child as they may get scared of the magic etc.
This is a great addition to the lego family. Great fun to play with someone, young or old.
I paid £40 for this when it came out but it's cheaper now.