HARRY GRADUATES WITH HONOURS
The young magician is back in his Lego avatar in the final instalment based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books 5-7. This children’s game captures Hogsmead village, Privit Drive, Diagon Alley to Gringotts in absolute perfection, if in Lego form. Adding to the realism are scenes from some iconic battles—like the final showdown between the Ministry of Magic and Voldemort.
There are 24 game levels and after completing the mission you return to Hogwarts to attend 16 lessons on spells, advance duelling skills, etc. Undoubtedly duelling is one of the best additions to the game. To win, players must quickly select the right spell (based on the colour of the enemy's half-circle) and engage in a back-and-forth spell collision. This is fun, but also overused.
Speaking of new abilities, there is Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes boxes, of use to Weasley family members only. These usually contain barrier-destroying fireworks
or suction-cup shoes to allow players to walk up walls. A new Aguamenti spell allows gamers to shoot water from their wand to put out fires.
There are six co-op friendly stages, allowing gamers to play out moments from the Potter films. In between missions, you are free to explore Hogwarts and the surrounding grounds. including the Forbidden Forest. initially you will not be able to access a lot of areas but to complete the game, you have to revisit the stages with additional characters and spells to unlock the secrets.
The soundtrack has been brilliantly transferred from the movies to the game. The audio effects are perfect and emphasise the magical atmosphere. The weak link of this game, if any, is the graphics. As a Lego game, it combines pre-rendered backdrops with polygonal Lego set dressing, making it look a bit old and jaded but it still manages to work.