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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Introduction:

After Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Batman, the series "Lego" parody now the world of young Harry Potter. This new title addresses first four books (and films) of the saga by taking the concept from other Lego album, both in regard to the quality defects... Programme: Adaptation of the first four chapters of the series parodying maximum of key events of feature films, making use of humor has been able to make the previous game of the famous mark stamped on the brick.

In the magical world of Harry Potter, life is easy, especially when one is an apprentice witch prepubescent. A magic wand and presto, the dishes are done by enchantment. A swallowed Polyjuice potion and you're in the guise of another ... In short, life is surprising and attractive, which has had good dark hours because of poor video game adaptations. Rarely exceeding the 10/20 games licensed Harry Potter are still wallowing in sloth development to removal. But this time, there is hope: Traveller's Tales takes the saga and implement it in a world of odds and ends, able to please everyone. A recipe ultra-oiled, lucrative franchise and omnipresent humor us hope, finally, a track fit.


With Harry Potter to come then, you could almost forgive the team to do nothing more than a quick face-lift before engaging surface of diggers to dig holes to bury the piles of gold he fail to report them. Yet at the sight of a short presentation of the latest game demo, a place evoking as it should witchcraft - many walls are paneled, the attendants are dressed in school uniforms and there are even real owls (poor!) - it is clear that even if LEGO Potter is not really revolutionary, the designers have certainly worked hard over the last few years to dissect the specific spell books by JK Rowling to learn how to adapt their own schemes they blend harmoniously.

Traveller's Tales has mainly examined Hogwarts. Potter In LEGO, the venerable institution is not just a simple hub, but a tangle familiar stone walls and upholstery, tinted windows, escalators and portraits that speak. It's the heart and soul of the game, just as it is in the books: a place that will change when the wizards grow older, gradually revealing its secrets As the progression of the adventure.


If you read this, it is likely that you already are familiar universe of the apprentice sorcerer on the fingertips. Moreover, it would be better for you because the game requires a true knowledge of the saga. The humor is more pervasive for the fans and it will be difficult to understand the storyline for the uninitiated. The title borrows so different scenes of the first four years of our dear Harry at Hogwarts, however, by allowing some largess in the usual humorous style of Lego. The cut-scenes are really shifted and packed with gags while remaining short enough to never become boring. The universe of general program remains the same tone, particularly through the multitude of interactions with the characters and scenery.
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Re: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

About the Game:

LEGO Harry Potter will allow gamers to play as LEGO versions of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and other characters from the books during their first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Players will be able to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks, and complete tasks to earn house points in Hogwarts Castle, and visit familiar settings like Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, and the village of Hogsmeade.

There is an action / platform-oriented game for two in co-op , but only playable with a partner led by AI , where the scenery - mostly destructible rebuild-able - are the key to most of small puzzles that truffent levels. Regulars gather gladly screen split introduced in LEGO Indiana Jones 2 , and newcomers are likely to be conquered by the gameplay simple but very effective in the series, particularly in two.


However, LEGO Harry Potter fans is primarily intended for the boy wizard, very scripted, the game continues the visual style of movies (but the sauce LEGO , it goes without saying) and multiplying the kinematic based on key scenes the adventures of young Potter. Less funny than usual, and unzappables, they are nevertheless very meaningful and act as glue between the different parts of Hogwarts, where the game takes place naturally.

The major characteristic areas of the previous episode of the series suddenly disappear from much, but they give way to places that speak more to fans of: Great Room, library, park and the Forbidden Forest, the golf Quidditch, the animated paintings hung on walls or even the toilet where will cool off a troll ... Every course is not accessible from the start, and Traveller's Tales has cleverly constructed adventure on four years 'school' of young Harry, as are novels and movies.

The first being enthusiastic fans of the boy wizard (and they are many) as well as previous Lego games will be in heaven. The second being less happy and goes to see the marriage of two licenses in a series that juicy just to renew. While Lego Star Wars had brought some cool games / action platform title with an accessible and fun, LEGO Indiana Jones and Batman gave the impression of wandering around by simply make only the specifics of both worlds.


In response to the skeptics, we can already say that the use of magic is very similar to the one we had the "strength" of the first game of the series. The game contains a lot of interaction distance which take place very easily, showing many bonus or making progress. A more fun with gadgets or a whip. Developers are aware that we must make the kind of depth and correct the main shortcomings of their saga to renew the craze, took advantage of Lego harry potter from 1 to 4 years to provide more freedom to the player.

Gameplay:

Regarding the gameplay, you end up with different players under daylight the weft. They often have unique capabilities and we can pass from one to another at any time via a single button. Hagrid more powerful and can pull levers, Ron sends his rat browse through pipes and Harry can, for example, using his invisibility cloak. We learn new magical adventure for which we can solve the next puzzle. As mentioned previously, the interactions are very numerous and it is possible to move almost everything behind, often to pick up Lego pieces which we will explain the usefulness later. It may also have several targets at once to chain spells with the wand. However, even if the game may seem permissive, it is indeed far too repetitive.

Indeed, 80% of your actions will be to use the fate Wingardium Leviosa on an object by bulk for rebuilding to go forward, or find Lego pieces. The whole gameplay is sorely lacking in diversity and some players might get bored farm while growing despite getting new powers. We must add to that a management referred sometimes chaotic. You'll often find it difficult to use your spells on the desired object which may be more only blow in combat for example. This is particularly unfortunate that this is a recurring problem instead of the series. However, as in many games, these defects are less annoying when you play two, all that Lego Harry Potter offers a split screen mode that allows you to always nice to know where is his partner. In addition, it can also play cooperatively online, handy if there was not a friend at hand.


The title sums up the major scenes of the first four adventures, lapidary brought by some crazy cinematic, in the vein of previous productions LEGO. The fans will discover with pleasure a ton of winks tasty, while the uninitiated will pass completely beside a perfectly dark intrigue. But, honestly, who but a lover of magician would want to play such a title.
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Re: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Resemble a game of role:

What characterizes as compared to its predecessors is the presence of a universe much larger than usual. The player will play a large area containing the most famous scenery of Hogwarts school of magic in which the story takes place. Thus, the increase is not as and as a fixed evolution in a series of levels, but in open space that is explored in light of the objectives to be met. From this point of view, it slightly resembles a role-play. Obviously, some areas will not be available immediately and will be gradually unlock the adventure.

The similarity with the role play does not stop there. For example, all spells used in Harry Potter Lego learned in the classroom. Unlike the other Lego, the characters evolve throughout the plot and do not have all their skills from the beginning. Each spell defeat for one specific situation, complexity of the latter moving with the frame can well feel the usefulness of combining several magic to fulfill its objective. The game also allows the creation of potions, each with a specific role, collecting ingredients throughout the game in the demonstration level, for example, put in a pot components indicated by the latter, can explode and open a passage.


The latest production of TT Games stands out from his comrades, however a few points. The most obvious first: the opening of the world. In addition to the Leaky Cauldron and the Road Crossing, which can be purchased with bonus or replay a level at will, the Hogwarts school is the chunk of the game is here that does a large majority of missions that the may have triggered when we feel like it. A ghost is, in fact, always there to guide us towards the next objective. Nothing however prevents you from exploring the castle corridors which open gradually. Clearly a good idea, which would, however deserved better treatment. Apart from a few to save comrades during a walk or a few items to buy (new character, puzzle pieces, etc..), There is not much to do in this school of magic. Of course, the relentless "100%" spend long hours breaking everything up to unearth secrets, but this quest for perfection is still boring to the average player.

Chocolate Frogs and Mandragora:
More than just interactive menu, school and location where Harry and his friends follow the course to learn new types of spells, which will then enable access to other parts of the story . At the beginning of the game - which as the title suggests is based on the stories of the first four books - Harry has absolutely no knowledge of magic, but at the end of history it has won a range of power an extent reassuring.

Thus, the hero, as his friends Ron and Hermione, must regularly attend courses of magic, they learn the basics of witchcraft and power very useful for advancing in the game: Lumos (and Lumos Solem), for s' light and open passages normally blocked Wingardium Leviosa to automatically assemble the bricks Lego scattered or manually (new in this episode), or to do anything Bombarda fart ... The wheel has eight spells in our students, but all do not necessarily share the same.


Harry can count on a cloak of invisibility, for sneaking around, and Ron could ask his "faithful" rat Scabbers to walk through pipes and thus make fun of barriers. Other capabilities, such as wearing ear protectors to guard the cry of the mandrake, will be released gradually as the education of Harry and pave the way for other areas. It is even possible to make the broom, Quidditch matches but remain confined to cutscenes, unfortunately.

The players reluctant to search every corner so be content to follow the main story, which can revive in a specific order: The Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire . Four adventures cut into six, whose length will depend mainly on your common sense. By the way LEGO Indiana Jones , LEGO Harry Potter is heavily loaded with puzzles at the expense of action. A typical mission is going very frequently as follows: any course you can get a new spell, you will then be used in abundance for solving various puzzles.

The fans will be happy to launch Wingardium Leviosa, of Lumos, and Stupefix at all costs. Specifically, the Wingardium Leviosa with the most useful, since it spends its time levitate parts to assemble and release mechanisms and progression. From time to time, some people are practicing a unique ability, as Ron Archer, who can send his rat Scabbers in confined or Crockdur, the bloodhound Hagrid, whose ability to dig the soil is regularly required.

Play online and split screen:

We can even play Lego Harry Potter on the multiplayer system. Indeed, for the first time a Lego game will be playable online and locally. Players will not have to stay in the same area: the screen is divided as soon as the protagonists move away from each other. For now it only involves two players, but the possibility of this system for four is not excluded, to confirm later. The multiplayer adventure is therefore shows less dispensable than the other titles of the Danish brick. This new form of cooperation can be separated in order to fulfill a goal faster or easier. Another unique feature: some moving bricks by hand and allow the player to make his own escape or its own bonus item.

Regarding the number of playable characters, Jonathan Smith (production manager) suggests the number of 140 different characters with whom he will have to progress through the game. Some of them may even appeal to their pets to unlock specific situations (eg Scabbers, Ron's rat, to pass through a wall by a small passage). For a first starter, Warner Interactive announces clearly the color: it is not that yet another marriage with a Lego pump money film, but rather a full gaming license which still has a wide scope for improvement.

Concerning the content, the app is very comprehensive in many areas. Firstly, there are many hidden items that will require you to poke around to discover them. The problem again is that research of the artifacts based on the same principle of repetition to perfection, but the players affected by collector's will no doubt see their accounts. Between the new costumes, gold bricks and whatnot, there is plenty to do. In case you miss some of these bonuses, you can buy in the shops of Diagon Alley through Lego amassed. Of course you can also make each level independently to try to recover yourself missing items without spending your pennies, all your saved money you can afford to buy new spells, often more fun that "useful.


If it starts to seem a little lazy, there are some surprises in store. Modelling of physical LEGO has been reworked - the characters are now sending blocks slipping on the floor when they walk through and when the scene exploded, its elements are dispersed more satisfactorily. At the heart of recalibration is the new system of "building partnership", which gives players the opportunity to use the levitation spell to move some bricks almost like he wants to reorganize and try to his will all sorts of things with them.

Harry Potter makes for one of the few first times in a game LEGO try to give you the impression of actually playing with Lego. However, it must inevitably be monitored closely and the opportunity to build freely be given especially for specific puzzles - like building a wall to reach a group of students at the top - instead of being allowed in n ' any situation. It would have been tempting to have total freedom, but it would probably sabotaged the game and this restriction seems imbued with wisdom. Furthermore, if the simple joys of construction are what you want, you can always console yourself with the future LEGO Universe or with real Lego.

Lego Harry Potter store for us as a construction method in which one can make their own creations while creating new challenges for Lego objects. However, to unlock the rooms of this method, you should get a maximum of golden bricks through the main quest. In the end, LEGO Harry Potter is a game reserve to the many fans of the saga that will override its gameplay problems in assessing the incorporation of the world of the sorcerer's apprentice and the humor constant, full of references to films . The other will likely be much harder to hang on to the adventure and risk of a crisis on the playability of the soft, but may nevertheless have a little fun if they find a friend to accompany them.
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Re: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Conclusion:

Lego Harry Potter is for fans of the saga. Based on this finding, the title is perfectly in the atmosphere. The environments are rather numerous and diverse situations. However, in terms of gameplay, the game has the same shortcomings as its predecessors and the gameplay leaves something to be desired.

With a plot similar to that of four books, over a hundred characters to unlock and thousands of colorful things to dig, break and generally fiddling in all directions, Traveller's Tales is clearly preparing another mega hit. His style is perhaps a little too familiar for one is still left to truly take its magic, but it basically looks like otherwise well produced and full of intelligence: a virtually bottomless pit of objects picking, ideal for children with obsessive-compulsive as we are. Anyway, here's another game perfectly calibrated for this successful series.
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