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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
 

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Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince Reviewed
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Macworld recently published a new review of Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince. In the game players return to Hogwarts to help Harry survive his sixth year. They will have a chance to engage in wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory. Macworld gave the game a score of 3.5 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

You control Harry as he explores Hogwarts, as he mixes potions, as he duels, and as he flies through the skies during Quidditch matches while looking for the golden snitch. The potion mini-game, while well integrated into the overall plot, is a frustrating redundant race against time to shake your beakers, stir your pot, or mix your ingredients. I imagine that with the Wii Remote controller the mixing actions are more fun (the game is available for the Nintendo Wii), but with the mouse the novelty just really isn’t compelling. The amount of time in the books and movies Harry spends on chemistry is minimal; it takes too much time in the game.

The Quidditch matches aren’t true to the chaotic freeform revelry of the movies, but are true to the underlying flaw of J.K. Rowling’s absurdly-designed game: only grabbing the golden snitch matters, the rest of the game is just for show. The game designers understood this and put Harry in scripted practice and match settings where he flies in a set path around the pitch. You control him with your mouse where he is on the screen, meanwhile trying to hit the colored stars and dummies you encounter to increase your speed and time. You’ll also want to bang into opposing seekers when they’re flying close to the ground or the stands. Though scripted, it was fun to see the entire stadium come alive—the crowds cheering, the announcer explaining the match’s progress, and the other players racing around inconsequentially around you.

Through the rest of the game you control Harry through various environments around England, including the large maze-like campus of Hogwarts. Unfortunately, aside from collecting crests and moving a few objects, you can’t really do much in the school. Aside from flying, mixing, and dueling in the various clubs, Hogwarts is a museum with exhibits that you can gaze at but cannot touch.
To read the full review click over to the link below.

Macworld: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince Review
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Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince


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