Advantages Easy to control
Disadvantages Gets repetitive.
Whilst on holiday I rediscovered the delights of the Nintendo DS (I bought myself one as they were reduced due to the new DSi being launched) and passed many happy hours with my new game of Prof. Layton that I purchased after reading great review on Dooyoo. However once I had played that to death I decided to raid my children’s collection of games to see what else they had that I might enjoy. I came across Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so decided that I would give it a try. It is currently for sale on Amazon at nearly £30 but is available cheaper from eBay.This is a game that was designed for the GameBoy Advance in 2004. This is unfortunate as it means that it sticks out of my DS in a most unsightly way! Due to being designed for the GBA obviously there is no use of the touchscreen only the button controls.
From the opening screen you can select a new or load save game or to play the mini-games. This is also where you can change the sound and music volume options.Once entering a new game there are three save game slots. I like being able to have several games saved at once because my children and I can therefore share the game around rather than having to wait for one person to complete the whole game before anyone else can use it. The saved game slots cannot be named so you have to remember which one is yours, they simply list the performance level and the location in Hogwarts that you were last in.
The game starts with an introduction that you are supposed to read but I tend just to press the A button and skip through quickly. You are then playing immediately as Harry (he appears as a cartoony type character); his movement is controlled easily with the direction cross on the GBA/DS. When he gets near to certain people or objects the game takes over and there will be movement or conversation that you have no control over. This is not a problem but occasionally it seems to take me a few seconds to work out that I am not controlling Harry anymore! (Maybe I am just not very bright!).Harry starts the game with two spells that he can use and these can be alternated by using the R and L buttons on the top. As you progress through the game he gains more abilities and sometimes he is joined by Ron or Hermione and their spells are also selected in the same way.
The general gameplay consists of moving Harry through his environment and overcoming obstacles in his way. Some obstacles occur as he is moving around such as having to use the Lumos spell to find a path in the dark but the other way he meets obstacles is by encounters with magical creatures with which he has to do battle. These creatures bear no resemblance to anything I have ever come across in the books-Oaken Bowtruckle, Charmed skeleton and a Clabbert!As Harry walks around he "bumps into" shiny clouds (very difficult to describe!). This produces an encounter in which he has to use a range of spells and tactics to overcome the magical creature. There are about 50 or so different creatures that he will meet and most of them he will meet several times.
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Platforms: Game Boy Advance
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