Lego Harry Potter in Action
Playing this game is like stepping into the world of Hogwarts.
The Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 video game hit the stores June 29 and I think it’s the best in the series.
The game uses characters, locations, and storylines from the first four Harry Potter books and music from the movies. Although the game is rated for ages 10+, even younger gamers will enjoy the game. It’s not scary and is often funny.
It helps to be familiar with the books and movies to really enjoy the game. You can choose to become any of 100 different characters, including Ron’s pet rat, Scabbers.
Each character has a special ability. For Harry’s character, it’s his invisibility cloak. For Hermoine, you get a spell book.
I like the split screen effect that the game uses when you play with more than one person. In fact, this game is much more fun to play with two players because some of the puzzles can be difficult.
You can take detours in every imaginable part of Hogwarts. Nearly Headless Nick is always available to get you back on track. One of the best parts of the game is that you can replay completed levels, and go back to try out new spells or unleash golden bricks.
I enjoyed using the wands. Also, breaking and using spells is something that is new and exciting in the game. I liked zapping objects with my wand to earn studs. Then, with your studs you can go to Diagon Alley to spend them on unlocking other characters or buying gold bricks.
If you like Harry Potter, you’ll love this game. It’s like stepping into the world of Hogwarts, complete with magic and intrigue.
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Joseph O'Connor gets into the spirit of the Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 video game at a game demonstration in New York recently. (Photo Courtesy Joseph O'Connor)