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A magically fun funny game,
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This review is from: LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 (PS3) (Video Game)
Lego Harry Potter
Having bought and loved the Lego Star Wars and Indian Jones games I knew I would need to check out this version of Lego tell tale madness and am glad I did.
This game follows similar patterns to traditional Lego games. You have the ability to play as Harry, Ron and Hermione as you explore Hogwarts and unlock all various puzzles and tasks. The game follows the movie storylines from years 1 to 4 and with some great funny exerts in to, albeit not as good as the Star Wars parodies.
Controlling the characters through their tasks is simple enough. The ability to fly a broom is something we have all wanted to do and is very apt here. Casting spells is tremendously fun as well. Certain characters have different abilities and herein lies the Lego game back problem.
Annoyingly, what appears in all Lego games now is backtracking. For example certain characters have certain abilities, such as Snape has dark magic, and you must unlock, and then buy these characters and then go back to a level to complete it fully. This can be enjoyable when a level expands because of it. Entering a different part of a level, for example in the maze is good. And opening a dark magic crate to see what you get adds a tingle of enjoyment but the levels are not as enticing to make you jump up with excitement at the prospect of doing another level again, for example the lake task which is the most annoying Lego level ever invented.
The graphics for this game are as would be expected stunning. For Harry Potter fans wondering how different areas in the films merged together over the years, here is your answer. Cleverly designed with little teasers and funny scenarios.
Puzzles and collectables include a `House-crest' for each level of each year. You can rescue 50 students in peril (some situations are hilarious : and the ever loveable joy of getting as many studs as humanly possible.
This is a good little game. The stories are funny, the controls are good and it's a light hearted fun ride. Whilst the running back and forth in different levels is frustrating and occasionally not knowing what to do is at a ridiculous high, this is fun and worth checking out.