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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (GBA)

by Electronic Arts
Game Boy Advance
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Achieve over twenty-nine objectives to complete Harry’s first year at Hogwarts
  • Interact with over twenty characters from the story
  • Action-based puzzles and mini-games provide intense and thrilling challenges
  • Ride the wind in fast-paced, top-down Quidditch and broomstick flying sequences
  • Extensive exploration of Hogwarts and its surrounding grounds
  • Isometric 2D graphics present a colorful view of Harry Potter’s world
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Game Boy Advance
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, particularly children
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

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  • ASIN: B00005LW65
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.6 x 0.4 cm ; 82 g
  • Release Date: 16 Nov. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,235 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Following a strong introduction sequence, it's quickly down to the action in the Game Boy Advance version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. For unlike the Game Boy Color version, the game kicks off with Harry already at Hogwarts, and with some fast learning to do. You step into Harry's shoes, initially moving from classroom to classroom learning new skills and spells, before indulging in activities such as sneaking out of your dormitory at night, fighting off trolls and having a quick game of Quidditch too. You certainly can't accuse the developers of trying to short-change the fans, as it seems they've tried to cram as much of the film into the game.

Unfortunately, that's also at the root of the game's main problem. While it tries to cover all angles of the plot, it does mean that some segments of the game lack a little polish, and aren't always that enjoyable. Sure, there's some great fun to be had with the game, and the quality of the graphics means players will instantly relate it to the film. It's just that perhaps a little more development time could have paid dividends. Nonetheless, fans of both the film and books are likely to get some enjoyment out of the game, even if arguably it's inferior to the Game Boy Color version. And if you're not overwhelmed by Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, you can wager on one certainty--this isn't the last we've seen of Mr Potter on the Game Boy Advance... --Simon Brew

Manufacturer's Description

Be Harry Potter in this Game Boy Advance game, discovering a world filled with wizardry, fun and ever-present danger. Attend lessons, learn and cast spells, explore Hogwarts and take flight to play Quidditch on your Nimbus Two Thousand. Interact with characters like Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Rubeus Hagrid, and overcome challenges and puzzle to defeat You-Know-Who.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gameplay: bad. Everything else: good. 15 Nov. 2001
By A Customer
This game attempts to combine a puzzle-game with the Harry Potter storyline, but it doesn't do the job too well.
The gameplay is a little like the classic 'Socoban' (push crates around) with a few added moves (levitate objects, knock-back enemies, fall down holes...). But despite this potential complexity, the puzzles never really get any harder: the whole thing is mostly just too easy. (Worse, where it is not easy, it can be frustrating.)
Depth and replay value are supposed to be provided by 'Pumpkin Pasties' (cumulative health power-up) and 'Witches and Wizards' cards (collect them all for a better ending). But since some of the doors to these items only unlock at arbitrary points during the game, searching for them is just not fun.
In the game's favour, the graphics and sound are all excellent, there are plenty of different 'Every-flavour' bean flavours, and the NPCs have plenty of interesting quips.
The Quidditch is also extremely enjoyable and impressive (so long as you use the 'Advanced' control option - 'Beginner' is just too hard!)
Overall: if you want a fun game, get the PSX version. If you want a game that is true to the book, get the GBC version. If you want a good puzzle game, look somewhere else. If you are huge Harry Potter Fan and want to see and hear the amazing things that the GBA is capable of, then get this game.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help! I'm addicted! 10 Jan. 2002
As a 27 year old girl who is a fan of Harry Potter, but who easily tires of computer games I wasn't expecting this game to hold my attention for too long.
However, since receiving my copy from Amazon I've spent hours on end playing it - and I'm loving every minute!
The game is very true to the book, with Harry learning new spells in the various classes he takes throughout the game. You'll spend hours running around each floor at Hogwarts, searching for Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans in every bookcase & secret room you encounter.
There's plenty of nasty beasties to zap, including horrid little biting gnomes, the mosquito-like Doxies and the infuriatingly hard-to-kill troll (GRAAAAAAAGH!).
Some of the tasks have a puzzle-like quality to them, which taxes your brain a litle more than just killing everything in sight and made a very refreshing change. You'll need to use combinations of the different spells you learn in order to complete each challenge.
(I was pleasantly surprised to find that each character's face is based on the actor who played it in the film, and that Harry's voice comes courtesy of Daniel Radcliffe).
Anyway, enough review-writing... I've got to go & play it some more!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All bark, no bite. 22 Nov. 2001
O.K. This is game is an interesting game. It's original and fun and the flying parts are awesome. However, it has several major problems:
1. Gameplay is very repetitive so once you've completed a few challenges it 's all the same.
2. There are some really tough levels at night where you have to sneak around unseen and if you're caught you start again.
3. It's too short. I finished the game in 2 days!
If you're looking for an interesting game this is good. But DON'T EXPECT ANY REPLAY VALUE.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Challenging! 23 Jun. 2004
When I ordered this game from Amazon, I thought it was going to be an okay average games. Too wrong I was: you begin the came by attending your first defence against the dark arts lesson and then once your spell is learnt you do a tricky challenge. Over 10 amazing challenges requiring alot of brainpower. Includes everything a gameboy game requires: skill, patience and determination. It took me a month to get past the prefects but well worth the wait! The hardest challenge is the last challenge, fighting Voldemort.
I won't reveal any more secrets but definitely a MUST PLAY game!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste ! 28 Dec. 2001
By A Customer
My daughter and I couldn't wait to recieve our pre-ordered copy of Harry Potter for the GameBoy Advance. We were both well impressed when we started the game, but it soon became obvious that the game is far from impressive. While the graphics aren't bad the gameplay leaves alot to be desired. The Harry Potter story provided the makers of this game with a brilliant opportunity to make a game that could have outshone the likes of Zelda, but it seems to me that the whole game was churned out in a hurry to make the film release date without a thought to play value.
Yes, the start of the game is quite impressive and the first few tasks are fun but then further tasks just seem to be longer repetitions of the first tasks. Some tasks require little skill but oodles of patience because the slightest mistake puts you right back to the start. There is little chance to 'roam' Hogwarts as you are always told where to go and what to do next. The flying sequences were fun but hard for younger players to control.
By my third day of play, when I thought that the game was just getting started, it finished.
A brilliant idea wasted - don't waste your money!
(I'm told that the PS1 version is alot better)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magic 2 Mar. 2002
By A Customer
I wasn't expticing to much when I read some reviews for harry potter but I fancied it. Now I have got it I have found it amazing. It never gets boring it's always a puzzle or a race against time. you won't go rong with Harry potter on the G.B.A. magical
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
well packed - works great!
Published 7 days ago by Jeremy Hinton
5.0 out of 5 stars old time memories
nostalgia wasnt able to get it when it came out but its great now
Published 4 months ago by carisse campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Jerking Nightmare
Whilst we purchased this as a presumably robust testbed for epilepsy treatments, none of the team could have predicted the carnage which ensued. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Egan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Both me and my partner are retro gamers and have no want or need for the "collectors" value.. I brought this with the intention of playing it! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ryan-Daniel Chaidh Clifford
3.0 out of 5 stars Matter of opinion
Fun, but can be repetitive. Quite challenging in places. Good value. Doesn't really follow the story of the Harry Potter book or film. Read more
Published on 4 Sept. 2010 by Caramelchan
4.0 out of 5 stars A great blast from the past!
Whilst having a quiet browse of amazon the other day, this item appeared on my suggested buys list. Having already played it when it was first released a good few years ago I... Read more
Published on 6 July 2010 by A. J. Hinwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed
The game is visually really good, with characters looking noticeably alike their realities, and it's also great that you can wander up to any student when roaming the grounds and... Read more
Published on 1 Jun. 2009 by T. Pick
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry rules !!!!
In our opinion its the best game out, the graphics are briliant, and the audio quality wicked! It is quite difficult but- whats a game if you don't have a bit of a challenge? Read more
Published on 1 Jan. 2002 by Lucy Rolington and Victoria McFarlane age 9
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much of the same
I was very disappointed with this incarnation of Harry on GBA. Obviously I thought the version on the most advanced console would be the best game but I was wrong. Read more
Published on 28 Dec. 2001
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