IGN Review, Stills of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Video Game

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Aug 14, 2008

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Video Game resource IGN.com has a review online of the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” video game on the Nintendo DS platform. This review details the activities, tasks, and experiences when playing the game as well as comments on the controls when playing. Similar to the previous Harry Potter video games, “Half-Blood Prince” puts the player in a world that enables them to ‘control Harry and can explore the grounds of the wizarding school. Numerous students litter the halls and courtyards, offering friendly challenges.’ The review then goes into the actual playing of the game and notes the following about the games and tasks:

Players can also compete in a number of games with the students. There’s a wizard version of marbles, and a wizard version of pinball, both controlled with the touch screen. Players use the stylus to pull back and aim marbles, flinging them off to knock out other marbles or to hit obstacles and score points. It’s not something that’s been in the novels or films, but, according to EA, J.K. Rowling approved the game as a suitable playground activity of magically inclined children.

There are also a couple different competitive card games. By collecting Wizard Cards, players can play games like Patience (basic card matching) or a more extreme Exploding Snap, where cards are flipped down and players have to quickly snatch up pairs before all the cards explode, Perfection-style, off the table. They can also win collectible Quidditch player cards by completing challenges for all of the games.

IGN also speaks on the Quidditch element of the game, and says the DS version of the game ‘features an overheard view Quidditch game. Players use the touch screen to guide Chasers around, and tap to throw the Quaffle. As the game goes on, the two halves of the Snitch get closer on the top screen. When they connect, the Snitch is released and players switch to Snitch catching mode. The screen switches to a tunnel vision mode and players have to find the Snitch, then keep the viewfinder locked on long enough for the Seeker to catch it. Bludgers don’t play into the DS version.’

In addition to this, IGN also has five new images from the Nintendo DS version of the game online as well. These images can be viewed right here.

The “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” video game will be available in stores this November on the PS3, PS2, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP and XBOX360, PC, and Wii platforms. All versions of the game are currently available for pre-order via our own Cauldron Shop.





17 Responses to IGN Review, Stills of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Video Game

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Where’s the link to the review?

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Can’t wait to play this! Thought I had first too. =P

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I can’t wait for the PS3 version. I love me some Harry Potter! :P

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This is awsome! A whole quidditch match! it’s just like harry potter and the quidditch world cup! Hope there’s more than one game! Can’t wait!

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Man, I totally can’t wait for this. I think I might buy my first Wii just for this!

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Don’t know where else to put this, but entertainment weekly has a new HBP photo (at least one I haven’t seen before):

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20218822_12,00.html

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I soooo can’t wait for this game! :-) It’s great for killing some time, while waiting for the film to come out, so it’s extremely convinient that it’s published a couple of days before the movie comes out! :)

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“HP games to not only be fun, but really convey the story that causes so many fans to knit their own scarves and write horrible slash fiction.”

That made me giggle.

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I liked this one. Way better then the first one. It’s only a matter of time before they release the second trialer for the Half-Blood Prince movie. Is that Ginny Weasley in the picture with Harry in the Common Room. It looks like it to me because she has red hair. Anyone else agree with me.

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Thats not actually a review, Leaky. Its a Preview ;)

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The whole piece was actually pretty funny: ‘And no Harry Potter game would be complete without a game of Quidditch (Except for the Goblet of Fire because they cancelled Quidditch that year, but shut up).’

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Oh by the way Franky that picture was released by Empire about a month ago

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Hermione = VERY BLONDE!!!

I’m getting this game, I have GOF & OotP already for DS and they’re brilliant!

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It’s not a review, it’s a preview.

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It sounds alot like the Order of the Pheonix game that EA put out last year. I was hoping they would add something, make it cooler, different. All they seem to have done is change the title.

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once again—character graphics=FAIL

im probably not going to waste my money this time around

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“It’s not something thats been in the films or novels”??

GOBSTONES!

Sorry, rant over.

Great news about the game, can’t wait!

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