LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
New Harry Potter Lego
The Developers have done it again. Lego Harry Potter is going to certainly be a hit for kids hitting the road on vacations with their parents! The game play is very smooth, it's challenging but not so much that it becomes frustrating. The overall length of the game is great also. Another very nice feature that you find with all Lego games is the ability to finish a mission and save. This give the player a chance to take frequent breaks from the game if they wish to do so. The graphics in terms of movies are very grainy, I do believe they could have been better, however you get the idea, if you have seen and read Harry Potter years 1-4 you will get the picture. Also the sound is quite muffled. It's almost as if it is too soft. Head phones are a must for this game as you will not hear important chimes when playing without them. Overall game rating for me personally 7.7 out of 10... Not perfect but a LOT of fun.
Having played all the previous Lego games, I was truly disappointed with this one. I expected more advanced challenges and games. Instead you are practically fed the studs, the red brick are too easy to find, and the "challenges" are nothing to speak of. I was more impressed with Indiana Jone 2 and Star Wars. Either they have ratcheted the age of the target audience way down or just dropped the ball. The addition of the stylus is pretty awkward too. If they had just left the stylus as an optional play mode that would have worked for those that do like utilizing it. Also unlike the other Lego games the free play mode in this is just a rehash of the story mode, even down to characters speeches. It has actually gotten boring. I have continued playing only for a personal best. But in only 16 hours of playing I am 80% complete. Disappointed I will say the graphics are great and they followed the story lines pretty much to a tee. This coming from a 48 year old female.
Great DS Game, Reminicent of Early HP Games
As a huge Harry Potter fan and a really big Lego game fan, I was very excited to see the lastest iteration of Lego's adventure merge with the Harry Potter universe. The Harry Potter universe is very rich with a lot to offer and the DS version of the game does a good job of using that environment to it's fullest. I was overjoyed to see that we actually get to start play on Privet Drive, before Harry knows he's a wizard! You meet Hagrid, you get to actively play a level in Diagon Alley, and on the Hogwarts express. They really listened to fans and took advantage of all the places fans of the Harry Potter world would like to interact with. I was very impressed all around with that aspect of the game. As far as how the game play goes, it is pretty easy to figure out, and fun to play. I've had a great time wandering around collecting studs and magic-ing things into place. The normal play you expect from any Lego related game. Fans of the Potter universe are somewhat familiar with that practice already since magic tends to involve lots of wand waving anyway. The development team did a good job trying to make it fresh and entertaining and not just the same thing you've come to expect though. I appreciated the fresh take on gameplay they seem to have for this game. Because the Harry Potter world deals in magic, some of the game play reminds me of the really early DS Potter games, and that's not a bad thing. The graphics on the DS aren't the most stellar, I actually think I found the Lego Batman game a little clearer than the Potter version. However, the new iteration is mixing real graphic backgrounds with the Lego aspects, instead of everything looking more cartoonish like it did in the Batman version. It's not a negative, again, the graphics kind of remind me of the really early HP games and I really loved playing those so it's a win/win for me. As far as glitches, there are a few, like there are with any piece of programming. One level I completed the task before I had spoken to the person asking me to do the task (Honeydukes in Hogsmeade level) and the story sort of got stuck, it wouldn't let me move on to the next task. So I exited the level and replayed it and it worked fine. Minor glitch, took me just a few minutes to get back to where I had gotten stuck. Everything else has gone very smoothly. All in all, it's a pretty polished game and I'm happy to see no major issues. Comparing this DS version to the Lego Harry Potter XBOX 360 version would be unfair I think. The Xbox version is just inredibly rich in details and game play that can not be reproduced in a DS type of game. I think the developers did an admiral job of tailoring this to be exactly what you want in a DS game. I was pleasantly surprised, like I was when I played both versions of Lego Batman, that the game is completely different on the DS than it is on the Xbox. If you are worried that you have one version and don't want to repeat the same exact game on the other version, you have nothing to be concerned about. The games not only are radically different, they have different levels. You don't get to play inside Privet Drive on the Xbox, but I do on the DS. Aside from being based in the same universe, they did an excellent job of developing each game to suit the specific platform. It was a delight to find that out. All around, I would defnitely recommend the DS version of Lego Harry Potter. It has been a fun game and especially fun to be able to take to work and play during my lunch break. Well worth the price and I am greatly looking forward to how they handle the next version that covers years 5 through 7.
Lego does it again...
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 for the Nintendo DS is one of the best games on the handheld by far. This game combines original Lego gameplay with familiar Harry Potter " whack and zap " gameplay. It has co-op multiplayer so you and a buddy can defeat Voldemort together. Being able to progress through four years of Hogwarts is the same as having four games in one. Although some of the controls may seem awkwards at some moments, this game still delivers that feeling of being immersed in the Harry Potter world. With over 20 playable characters, each customizable, this game exceeds all expectations. If your looking for the perfect game to buy as a gift or for yourself, I recommend by Lego Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4. The gameplay is awesome, the visuals are excellent, and the satisfaction is outstanding. Buy it!
Lego Harry Potter Game! Yes!
So a Lego Harry Potter game is finally coming and I am so exited! I first got interested in Lego games when I played Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga then I was hooked. I looked for more Lego video games on DS. I got both Lego Indiana Jones games, Lego Battles and Lego RockBand. Then I found Lego Harry Potter sets and I thought,"They should make a Lego Harry Potter game," and long behold they did. When I first saw the preveiw on the "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" DVD, I was psyced. I am one of the BIGGEST Harry Potter fans in the intire UNIVERSE and I LOOOVE Legos and Lego games. When I learned they were going to combine them all, I was SOOOOOOOOOOO exited. I've loved all the Lego games and I think this could be a high point in the Lego game franchize. If you like Legos and Harry Potter you should love it, not that I've played but I'm pretty sure I'm going love it and I'm really exited!
not very good, kinda sad..........lego games fail wen it comes to ds its ok for som people, gets REALLY diffecult at som points
fun fun fun
This is a really fun game. Yeah, sometimes it's boring, but it really makes up for with the minigames! Alas, you can on;y do the minigames if you do certain levels. Boo! The videos are funny, too! But if you think differently and your reading my review, I don't mind. You should see it for yourselfif you don't have the game.
I loooooooooooooooooooove harry potter i'm so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'ts gonna come out on tues.is this game a boy game or a girl game?one thing my dad always says when im going to get a new game as long as the games appropiate it's a keeper.
Its OK but not as good as the Wii version.
This game is pretty fun but very short. I got it and beat it within 3 hours but i played it a few more times after that. basicly: not good lasting appeal but very high replay value. The Levels are short and the objectives are pretty easy especialy the bosses. If you were to ask me i would say to buy the Wii version if its for a more skilled 13+ gamer. but for a begginer gamer 12 and under i'd say buy this version.
I am a huge fan of Harry Potter and I got LEGO years 1-4 a couple weeks ago because gamestop didnt have any of the other Harry Potter games available at the time. I have to admitt, I was skeptical at first, but I fell in love with the game right away. I love how you are able to cast the spells yourself by drawing symbols instead of just pointing the wand at an object and letting the game do the rest and I love how you are able to pick which year and scene you would like to play in a room where you can buy hints, charactors and other items. The game stuck to the plot very well and it wasnt one of those games where you spent half the time watching the charactors act out scenes before letting you play. I also loved how there were some very humorous parts to the game that werent in the story but made the game memorable.