Summary: Lego Harry Potter is a pretty entertaining game, but only for fans of the books. The inherent difficulty in telling the plot without dialog makes it impossible to follow the plot for anyone not already familiar with the source material and, while the gameplay is easy and fun, it can get repetitive in a hurry. These two combinations make the overall score for the game a bit lower than, say, Lego Batman .
Excerpt: Thumpies uses the iPhones touch screen controller, and it’s main premise and gameplay centres around rhythm. It certainly is different, with a unique style and entertaining sound effects it is certainly different and may not appeal to everyone. The premise seems quite simple. Keep the beat of the bouncing thumpies, small round furry creatures, as they bounce along a number of mushrooms. To do this, you simply touch the mushrooms as the thumpies hit them.
Excerpt: Just when you thought that the LEGO game juggernaut was running out of steam after the lackluster LEGO Batman and LEGO Indiana Jones 2 releases, it's found some new magic in the form of Harry Potter. Developer Traveller's Tales deserves a lot of credit for not just shoehorning Hogwarts into another production line LEGO game, and for making magic, potions, and broom riding as much a part of the game as they are a part of Harry's world.
Conclusion: Gameplay: 8 Fun and addictive, it may be simple but it’s easy to lost a few hours in this game at a time. Lifespan: 8.5 The story can be done in around 12 hours but completionists will be at it for a while. overall: 7.5 The formula may not have changed but Harry Potter suits the Lego universe and it’s created a good game all round, though older gamers may find it too easy and simplistic.
Excerpt: We had a bit of a discussion here in the office just a few days ago: what other games could translate well into a Lego title? Lego Call of Duty? Lego Twilight? How about a Lego fitness game… OK, I'll be quiet now - developers could be listening. Either way I imagine that over in Warner Bros. HQ there is a big list, surrounded by dollar symbols, with every future Lego title that can and will be made.
Excerpt: Being a huge fan of the Lego video game series and an even bigger fan of the Harry Potter series, I was very excited about the pending release of Harry Potter Lego. In this instalment the creators have taken a slightly different approach to Harry Potter Lego, bringing some new and unique ways to solve puzzles that were not available in previous Lego titles.
Summary: If you’re an adult and have played any quantity of Lego games before, then this latest title probably won’t do too much for you unless you’re a big Lego or Harry Potter fan; however, kids will no doubt love the game, and will give them hours of enjoyment.