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Rather Short for die-hard fans
on 1 February 2013
This was bought for my niece as her Christmas present from her father (he doesn't have an amazon account) but the squeals of delight we got treated to when she opened it, were high but manageable and for the next 4 days (almost non-stop) she played with her Book of Spells, she wasn't so interested in making fire or conjuring water from her wand, all she wanted (but found to her dismay she couldn't get without unlocking all the other spells) was the Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum) she wanted to know what form hers came in. Once she found out what hers was, she stopped playing (Quite costly for this spoilt madam). Luckily for me, her PS3 stays at my house (Me, my brother and my mum live together) as she usually lives with her mum so I was able to have a go.
The Wonderbook consists of 12 Augmented Reality Pages which the PS3 Camera picks up and converts it into the spell book.
The Book of Spells is broken down into 5 chapters of 4 useful spells (and a couple of one offs) with each chapter split into two, part 1 has spells 1+2, part 2 has spells 3+4 plus the end of chapter test.
Each chapter also has practise rooms to test your new spells 'in a safely controlled area' giving you the chance to win house points.
House Points are awarded in batches of 5 (Struggling to finish but passed eventually), 10 (Passed, with a few mistakes), and 15 (Outstanding Work, with minimal mistakes) now here's the rub, the advertisements and box says this game can link to your 'Pottermore Account' (The Post-Potter Fandom where JKR publishes snippets that were edited out of the book, but maybe of interest to die-hard fans) the only link it has is to your Wand and your House - it DOES NOT award house points to your Pottermore Account.
There are other achievements to be unlocked as each spell usually conjures something whilst reading for you to collect, if you complete your game (not necessarily to 100%) and collect the items your dusty 'Book of Spells' transforms into a gilded first folio edition.
Everything you read and see is an original idea from JKR, right down to the history of the spells, so if you have die-hard Harry Potter fans, this would be a good present if only for a short time.
Please be aware that the Wonderbook is NOT a stand-alone game, there will be future titles released for it in the coming months and years but Sony rushed this one to capture the Potter Market and Christmas Sales and to be honest with the lack of extended gameplay in 'Book of Spells' it shows it.