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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [PC CD]

by Electronic Arts
Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
 Ages 7 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Fully navigable 3D environments
  • Stealth-based gameplay sneak around, avoiding unpleasant encounters and unwanted guests
  • Interact with over twenty unforgettable characters from J.K. Rowling’s magical world
  • Lead your house to victory in a fast-paced, arcade-style Quidditch match
  • Four key types of obstacles and challenges
  • Environments change as time passes. Stairs move and classrooms relocate
  • Single-player game

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005LW66
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm
  • Release Date: 16 Nov 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,543 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Each Harry Potter game plays to the format's strengths and has different elements in the gameplay; the PC version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is no different. It follows the Jr wizard's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the focus is on the puzzle aspects of the game. The action begins in Diagon alley with our hero purchasing the supplies he needs to attend school, from then on it follows the storyline in the book pretty faithfully.

Each level of the game concentrates on a different aspect of the story: attending classes (such as charms, herbology, defence against the dark arts, potions with the evil Snape); visiting Hagrid; having to collect Bertie Botts beans so that Fred & George Weasley will give you Wizard's cards which you need to beat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named; win points for your house and, of course, learn and play Quidditch.

The graphics look pretty good, but the real winner is the sound, the music is just perfect and the eerie sound effects makes you believe that you really are at Hogwarts School. The only criticism is that the game is very short and even younger kids will complete it relatively quickly. If you are a Harry P fan then you won't be disappointed, if you are looking for a challenging game action adventure game then you might want to look elsewhere. --Jenny Fisher

Manufacturer's Description

Leave the nonmagical world behind and enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the PC. Be Harry Potter, wizard-in-training, learning to master all things magical in a world filled with adventure, fun, and danger. Encounter breathtaking challenges and unforgettable characters from J.K. Rowling's worldwide bestseller.

Players take the role of Harry Potter as he enrolls in Hogwarts and embarks on a journey to unlock the secrets of his own magical abilities. Along the way, Harry will explore the halls of Hogwarts and its surrounding grounds, study to be a wizard, learn Quidditch, collect objects to solve puzzles, become skilled at spells and potions, discover secret passages and locations, and interact with memorable characters from J.K. Rowling's magical world.

The PC version features an array of stealth-based gameplay as well as traditional encounters as players guide Harry through the halls of Hogwarts, sneaking around to avoid confrontations with nosey characters like Filch and Peeves. Many of the adventures in the PC version are dynamic, leading to environments that change over time, such as moving stairs and relocating classrooms. The PC version also features a fast, arcade-style Quidditch game to further immerse players in the magical world of Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone will be developed for the PC with ease of play in mind. The simple interface will consist of just the mouse and one key on the keyboard. The required system specifications will be minimal, ensuring that Harry Potter's biggest fans can easily install and play his latest interactive adventure.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Harry Potter fans ! 20 Nov 2001
If you've read the books then this is a must ! And if you haven't then you'll still find this a wonderful game with great graphics and interesting puzzles to solve.
The game follows Harry's adventures around Hogwarts as he learns new spells in order to complete certain tasks. All of the book characters play their part in the game including Harry's friends and foes. Some attempt to give Harry clues for solving tasks while others are just there to get in his way and use up all of his remaining power.
The best part is the Quidditch game - after much practice of riding your broomstick ! The speed and accuracy of the graphics here are exceptional and you really do feel like you are riding the broomstick yourself. This has to be the highlight of the game so far for me.
I have heard that JK Rowling had some input in to this game and I am sure that she did as the game plays just as I would expect having ready all of the 4 Harry Potter books. Now I'm ready for the film - providing I can tear myself away from playing the game !
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful
This is quite simply a magical game.
I have been a big fan of Harry Potter for some time and I had been looking forward to getting the game.
The characters and plot are based on the movie rather than the book, and the soundbytes are often then actual actors from the movie.
The tasks set are not too difficult so as to frustrate but are sufficiently exciting and hard so as to keep you motivated throughout.
The Quidditch is brilliant, and there is also a spin-off Quidditch league from the main menu that you can participate in if Quidditch is your preference. It takes a little getting used to being the seeker and chasing down the snitch but once you are used to it it is brilliant.
I would recommend this to anyone who is either a fan of Harry or a fan of Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones type adventure games.
From casting perfect spells to wheezing with the Weasley twins and avoiding Filch and Norris this game is absolutely 100%.
I am 27 by the way, and know that kids and adults will love it alike.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JUST FANTASTIC 21 Nov 2001
Well what can I say about this game but Fantastic, brillant, In fact there are two many words to desribe this game, I loved all the books and I`m 34 so maybe a bit old but i dont care one bit, I felt like a child playing this game, and its quite hard at times, but just such great fun..Its also very much in keeping with the books you get to play with the giant chess pieces, play the flute to try to get the three headed dog asleep, but the best thing is the quiddicth macth, my goodness what great fun first of all you get to have broomstick practice , then you get to play two games where you have to cacth the golden snicth which is quite hard, but just fab fun,...You also have lots of puzzles to solve and spells to cast, you meet all the ghosts nearly headless nick, and the bloody baron ohhhhhh , And peeves the poltergeist AHHH ...And right at the end lord voldermort very scary, in fact thats the hardest bit and I have not got him yet, but I will no worrys. Also in the game you collect lots of bertie botts beans which you can trade with other students, usally the weasley twins.Also you need to find chocolate frogs if you pick them they will give you more stamina. Also in this game you have classes with Professor Quirrel(Booh) Professer snape(Booh). You also have close encounters with Draco Malfoy (Booh), And a lot more rotten characters and weird THINGS.OHHHHH... This game is the best I`ve played for a long time I love it so much and when i`ve finished I`m going to play it all over again and this time I will be a quddicth expert step aside Harry potter, the oldies are in town lol!!!!.....Bye this game now I promise you will not be dissapointed......
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne 8 May 2002
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This is a fantastic, brilliant software game!!! I bought it for my eldest (8) who is not very experienced at pc games and it is a bit hard for her, but she enjoys it anyway, but needs a lot of help. In hindsight I should have left it for a bit. I have to say I got totally addicted myself and I am really not into pc games at all. The graphics are superb and the accompanying music is so chilling it has the hairs standing up on the back of your neck!!..and the variety of skills and challenges is just excellent. I missed quite a few bits the first time around and am eager to do it again to improve my result in the bean collecting and wizard card stakes, so the challenge remains even when you have finished it for the first time. It was also not over too quickly like some games..it took me about 4 weeks to get through it all. Enjoyed the Quidditch matches too. Absolutely superb!!! I hope they do another one for The Chamber of Secrets!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Harry Potter fans 2 Jan 2002
In with the Harry Potter buzz, I bought this as soon as the game was released, I wasn't disapointed. Being a person who gets easily bored with games, I was impressed with how addictive this game is. Designed for all ages and game abilities the controls are simple and easy to use (the broomstick gets some getting used to though!!) and the graphics are impressive given the low specs it needs to run.
The spells are easy to master and that makes the game easy to complete, and once your in the swing of the game, it doesn't take much to work out what to do next.
Overall this is good game thats worth the money but don't think it'll keep you busy for too long.... But still, this game is a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... game for over ten years and it never gets boring. Call it a...
I've been playing this game for over ten years and it never gets boring. Call it a cliché but the magic never dies. I've played it so much that I've worn out the disc! Read more
Published 28 days ago by The Forest Mage
5.0 out of 5 stars works fine: )
No glitches, works fine :) xx
Published 1 month ago by Beth Lloyd
1.0 out of 5 stars No Code With Disc
The disc came with no user manual inside the case which meant that I could not install the disc and so was unable to play it as there is a code required. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. L.
4.0 out of 5 stars A present
This was a present for a friend, who said it was good, but kept getting stuck at the same place every time, very frustrating
Published 10 months ago by Netty
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite games ever.
I can honestly say that this is one of the best games ever. The gameplay is fun but challenging, like it should be, and the story is well told, like it should be. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Someone
4.0 out of 5 stars like
like the whole of harry potter the game is quick and somewhat easy but it goes along with my other harry potter games i have in my collection
Published 16 months ago by Ashley Hollingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best!
HP Philosophers stone on the PC is a different game to others with the same box cover (also true of Chamber of Secrets). Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by WildWolf
3.0 out of 5 stars very good
it is just as i had remembered it and i have spent oa lot of time playing on this game once again
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by justgeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game Ever
I brought this game for my six year old brother. He loved it, simple and fun. I really recomend it. As its quite and old game it runs realy fast on new computers. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2011 by O. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull old classic
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is an excellent old classic and once you play it once you'll want to play it again no matter how old you are. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by David Farlow
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