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A winning combination with a few flaws,
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This review is from: Top Trumps Specials: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Toy)
Our children are big Top Trumps fans and we have a few different sets in the house. As Harry Potter is inevitably popular too this seemed like a winning combination. In many ways it is with the well-known characters in an established game format. The children already had an instinctive grasp of each character's levels of magic, cunning, courage, wisdom and temper and so got to grips with this set quite quickly. The drama of whether good will triumph over evil can be re-enacted in their bedrooms or the car. There are often "boo's" or hisses when Voldemort beats a good guy and delight if Voldemort is captured by one of Dumbledore's Army. The children love the small amounts of text on each card. They thoroughly enjoy the game.
From an adult point of view I think Top Trumps are great in developing strategic thinking, weighing the odds of a range of variables to come out with a winner. I do have a couple of issues with this particular set though. Compared to other TT sets this one lacks enough variety in the numbers. We hardly ever use one of the categories, "cunning" due to the narrowness of the character scores. Another of the categories, "temper" has characters clustering predictably at the extremes. Because of the poor spread of numbers overall game play often gets stuck on one player winning and the game can be over very quickly.
As a HP nerd myself I would quibble with some of the scores. An obvious gripe would be why Peter Pettigrew is rated as having a score of 1 magic when known squibs like Filch and Mrs Figg are given scores of 8 and 40. After all, unpleasant as he was, Pettigrew did manage the rare magical accomplishment of becoming an animagus. How sad am I?!
Geekery aside a lovely game for the children. Nicely printed. Recommended.