LEGO Creator Harry Potter is atypical of children's programs that usually run players through a fixed set of activities or educational challenges. Instead, the designers have made a serious effort to leave things wide open and flexible, sticking close to the reason why kids enjoy LEGO in the first place. Players can place LEGO units--animals, characters, blocks, doors, chests--around the landscape of Hogwarts. But this is no mere simulation of a real-life play experience--this LEGO world is animated! With a single mouse click, players bring their creations to life. Place a LEGO snake on-screen in this game and it will promptly slither for cover. Likewise, the Harry Potter characters--who are incredibly charming when rendered as standard LEGO people--will move around the environment created for them, even interacting when they come together.
While the complexity of this package makes it tougher to master than many games, a series of tutorials disguised as challenges can smooth out the learning curve. Users explore the school, build LEGO trains, find lost animals and as they do, they learn the lay of the land. The challenges have another motivator built in--without them, you cannot cast all the magical spells otherwise available to Harry and the others.
LEGO Creator Harry Potter frees you to build a stage and place upon it the well-known characters from the JK Rowling novels. What happens next is limited only by your imagination. --Alyx Dellamonica
Some things do not work correctly, the game crashes far to often, the user interface is a complete nightmare which might have sounded nice in theory but is awful to use (I watch my daughter spend ages just trying to get the viewpoint to zoom into the right place). The irritating idiot that continually nags you (ie the verbal help) cannot be made to shut up (the settings to do this just do not work).
I am *very* disappointed with this game. My daughter is a bit less critical of it than I, even so I think she is frustrated with it and it will not last long.
I would never buy another lego game without having had the chance to try it out thoroughly first - since lego were the only people who had gained that degree of trust in the past, they have demoted themselves to another also-ran.
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