I've been a fan of Zelda and Mario RPG games for years but I have never played a LEGO game even though I know they are very popular. I was looking for a game my six-year-old (just beginning to read) could play on her own so I picked this up.
Let's just say that she has played it for about three hours and I'm just about finished with the whole game. I started playing it so that I could help her when she got stuck but once I started...
It is fun but the puzzles, in comparison to some of the Zelda games, are pretty easy to figure out. There are a ton of visual clues as to where to look for things.
The spells are okay and build upon the story. The player knows each time a spell is needed and which one to use so there is no trial and error. They are repeated often, a little dull at times.
The storyline follows the movies and the cutaway scenes seem to be actual movie dialog. There is a little 'scare' factor in the story and characters but everything is knocked down to a very friendly level. The dementors are pretty harmless and the major Voldemort scenes are also toned down from the movie.
Once you complete all four years and get all the spells and characters needed, you can go back through each level and find missing charms, and witch hats, etc. You can actually go back at any time (in Free Play) but it makes sense to go back once you have all the spells so that you aren't duplicating everything again and again.
It has been fun going back to a level where you only play the parts that are necessary to finish collecting items. Once you have finished a section you can replay (as opposed to Free Play) it at anytime to relive the full experience though.
The characters move pretty well although with no offense to LEGO, I think they would look better as just regular graphics and not LEGO creations. But I understand the need for the marketing tie-in to the LEGO Harry Potter products.
Overall, a fun game.
UPDATE: I've since purchased another LEGO Indiana Jones game and started playing it. In comparison, the Harry Potter game seems to be better thought out and easier to navigate. The Indiana Jones game, a couple of years old, is more awkward and the lack of interaction between characters leaves you guessing a lot as you play.
Recently, I got Harry Potter Lego's because a long time ago I enjoyed Lego Star Wars and was interested in reliving some of the fun that series provided. I purchased the Wii version of the complete Star Wars Lego saga along side this one, and a lot of my review will be comparing this game to the original Lego game that started it all. Story: Naturally, the story of Lego Harry Potter follows the story of the first 4 movies. From what i can tell so far, the game seems to be … more
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 brings the action, adventure and fun of the first 4 stories in the Harry Potter catalog to the video game screen in the way only the LEGO franchise can. Featuring all your favorite characters and story environments, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets players play as the wizard of their choice, combining them piece by piece as is only possible in the LEGO franchise of games. Play options include single player story mode, free-play and two-player co-op.
Relive the Adventures Connect the bricks from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament and experience the magic of the first four Harry Potter stories, LEGO style in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learn spells, brew potions, and relive the adventures like never before with tongue-in-cheek humor and creative customization that is unique to LEGO video games.
Key Game Features
Explore Interactive Environments - Explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Hogwarts castle, Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade. LEGO Hogwarts castle is a grand, immersive 3-D environment and the largest, most detailed LEGO game location ever built.
Your Favorite Characters - Play as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger as well as other favorite characters with over 100 possible options.
Be a Wizard - Attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks, and ...