Excerpt: Sony's take on Harry Potter may not feature the bespectacled wizard and his loyal friends, but it is set in the same universe and has one distinctive feature: new stories written by J.K. Rowling presented with a new type of peripheral: the Wonderbook. It isn't a new novel penned by the Potter scribe, but rather a 12-page prop with large, augmented reality symbols in lieu of text.
Innovative interactive book opens new door to Harry Potter.
Common Sense Media
26 November 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Wonderbook: Book of Spells is a less a game than a collection of Harry Potter-themed stories and activities. It requires a Wonderbook -- a paper and cardboard storybook that comes with the game -- as well as a PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera. You can purchase the game and Wonderbook, or a bundle that also includes the Move and Eye camera.
Excerpt: Wonderbook: Book of Spells is an innovative and engaging augmented reality (AR) title for PlayStation Move that successfully paves the way for future entries in the Wonderbook series. Written in collaboration with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and developed by AR pioneers SCE London Studio (EyeToy, EyePet), this interactive spell book is primarily aimed at children who can’t get enough of all the fantastic charms and hexes featured in the Harry Potter books and...
Excerpt: ' When it comes to capturing the imagination, few franchises do it better than Harry Potter. The idea of a magical subculture existing in our world, one that you might catch a glimpse of at any moment, is immensely intriguing. And being plucked out of your normal life and told you have magical powers? Well, who wouldn't want that?
Pros: Augmented reality makes great use of the Move, Captures the magic and wonder of Harry Potter
Cons: Little in the way of replay value, Disappointing ending
Excerpt: Book of Spells is the first game to come out that supports Sony’s Wonderbook peripheral which was first introduced at E3 this year. Despite a demo that dragged on for too long and that was plagued by technical issues, I really warmed to the idea of Wonderbook after spending some hands on time with it (the mock living room with carpet and fireplace in Sony’s booth didn’t hurt either).
Excerpt: Wonderbook has patterns on its cardboard pages that PlayStation's camera recognises, creating an augmented reality view on screen that shows a magical animated book with spells and stories spilling from its pages. Your Move controller turns into a chunky wand making you a trainee wizard, learning spells and completing simple tasks. The experience of turning its pages and pointing the wand is compelling, but interactions are simplistic and occasionally frustrating.