LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 Reviews Roundup


Jun 29, 2010

Posted by Mel

In addition to the reviews for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 we told you about last week other game sites have reviewed it and have given it an overall positive appraisal.

IGN gives it a 8.5/10, saying:

“So if the formula’s the same, what’s so great about LEGO Harry Potter:
Years 1-4? A bunch of stuff. For starters, the spell system is a fresh
idea. LEGO Batman had different suits for the main characters and LEGO
Indy had the whip and a few other items, but LEGO Harry Potter equips
the kids with a number of magical spells that each have their own
specific purpose. Wingardium Leviosa is the most basic and the most
useful. You’ll use this to lift items so that your partner can reach
high studs, assemble items, and break apart other objects for the studs
they’re made of. Lumos scares away attacking plants, Riddikulus knocks
back your worst fear, and so on. These are each color-coded and can be
switched on the fly via your controller’s shoulder buttons.
…What’s awesome about Hogwarts is that it’s a living, breathing place. I
dig that the game remembers what benches I’ve already shaken down for
studs years later. This is your playground, and it feels like it.”

Ars Technica also gives the game a positive review, highlighting its accessibility for all age groups:

“Flying on the broomsticks, saving other students, exploring the nooks
and crannies of the castle”there is a lot to do, and parents will have
even more fun by giving their children the other controller and playing
the game in co-op mode. Like past LEGO titles, there is only a slight
penalty for failure, making the world safe and enjoyable to explore and
poke around. The presentation won’t hold the hand of people who don’t
already know the story, but if your children are already fans of the
movies or books, they’re going to get these jokes. This is something to
play in addition to the book and film treatments of Harry’s world, and
is best enjoyed after those.”

1UP gives the game a B+, commenting on the game’s ability to revive the “LEGO forumla” as well as its bugs:

“Some of these idiosyncrasies arose while I was trying to achieve 100%
completion (like potions not working properly, or finding a glitched
Gold Brick collectable detection indicator in the Library) — so my
experience may or may not be typical for your play style — but not all,
as some occurred from situations required by the game for progressing a
story level.

But the game is so wonderful, so enthusiastically enjoyable,
so…dare I say “magical,” that I feel sorely tempted to overlook its
flaws for all its brilliance. To put it simply, this game is Veela, if
you’ll excuse me for going Potter-nerd a moment: Irresistibly charming
(especially when everything’s working properly), but has a nasty side
when angered (or in this case, bugs out). To put it another way, LHP has
managed to transport me back to childhood, a time where I could love a
game despite how “sucky” it was in retrospect.”

GameSpot gives the game 8/10, discussing the vastness of the world in the game as well as the bugs in the game:

“The puzzles aren’t difficult; you can solve almost any of these
conundrums by simply making sure you’ve hovered your spell cursor over
everything you possibly can. But doing so is a lot of fun since there’s
so much variety in how various environmental elements react to your
manipulations. Sconces light up and lavish you with fireworks. Mops
clean puddles, and brooms sweep up dusty paintings. The inhabitants of
Hogwarts’ living portraits toss you important trinkets, or grant you
access to new areas if you’re controlling a member of the right house.

did encounter several bugs, however. In a trip to Hagrid’s pumpkin
patch, we couldn’t interact with important objects after a short while,
which necessitated a level restart; a similar problem forced us to
restart a battle against the perpetually scowling Draco Malfoy. It’s to
the game’s credit that such problems are so easily dismissed in light of
all the fun and variety that so deftly veils them.”

GamePro gave the game 3/5 discussing how the flaws of the
LEGO series were present in this game:

“It’s a series built on two key tenets: personality and repetition. In
earlier LEGO installments, the humorous cutscenes and lighthearted
interpretations of familiar scenarios generally outweighed the tiring
routine of smashing up environments and collecting LEGO pieces. But
after half a dozen iterations, that balance is shifting, and LEGO Harry Potter serves up too much of that not-so-fresh feeling,
despite strong production values and a clear appreciation for the source

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 is now available in both Europe and North America. The latest trailer for it can be viewed in our Video Galleries.

27 Responses to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 Reviews Roundup

Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: Cool!Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: Haha! I'm the first to comment. Yeah!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: dont care what they say im getting itAvatar ImageTriple_S says: I see this being on my bookshelf by the end of the week.Avatar Imagezeldamac says: I bought it for both DS & 360, I've only started the DS version and I love it, simple but fun. Can't wait for 360 to show up! Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: My ps3 copy came about noon today, I have spent 3 hours engrossed in the game since then. It's easy to loose yourself for an hour or more. A lot more fun than the EA HP games. Occasional hints appear on the screen to help move you along. Switching characters for their different abilities is cool. Prepare to have fun!Avatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: I can't wait to get my copy and play it!Avatar ImageLucida says: Been playing it on my PC for the past 8 hours, great game!Avatar Imagemollywobble says: G4tv gave it a 4 out of 5 too. Very cool. I may need to get this nowAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i started playing around 5:00 and its 1:00 and im already on year 2 :)Avatar ImageJamiesonWolf says: I picked up Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 for my Nintendo DS yesterday after work. I've been a long time fan of the Lego games (I have Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Indiana Jones 2, Lego Batman and Lego Star Wars The Complete Saga) so I was approaching Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 with very high expectations... Which were all blown away. The game is an absolute joy and it's a thirll to solve all the puzzles, mix potions and cast spells. The only qualm I have is that you can't use any of the X, Y, A or B buttons. Everything has to be done with your control pad and your stylus on the touch screen... ....which in the end, makes sense. Think of it was playing the game with your very own wand, making magic happen. I would have to give the game a 9/10 or a 9.5/10 and that's after only playing through The Philosophers Stone. In a word? Magical...Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Cool!!!Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: awesome!! i pre ordered it for wii and got it!!!Avatar ImageKaitousblackwings says: This game is awesome and totally enjoyable--all of the positive reviews are totally right!!!!Avatar Imagecoolgirl224 says: I have this game cause I preordered it for Wii, and it is awesome!!! I LOVE it! I reccomend that anyone who likes Harry Potter will like it! :)Avatar Imagepotterfan4lyfe says: AGGHHHHHH I NEED IT FOR MY WII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagejaclyngirl713 says: No way am I NOT getting this!!!Avatar Imagelostielover says: I pre-ordered from amazon and its not gonna come for another week :( Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds cool!Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: aLilyForAPrince, what shipping speed did you select? I selected "Release Day Delivery" and mine arrived on time yesterday.Avatar Imagefindthefourth says: I really want to play this game... I've never played any of the Lego games before.Avatar Imagedeath-eater13 says: this game is gonna b awsome!! cnt wait to get itAvatar Imagejhangelgurl says: I played a demo and thought it wuz pretty cool!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I just got the game today... I'm so excited to play it!Avatar Imagecminmd says: I just got the game -for my kids, really :) - and we have been playing quite a bit. Very fun and challenging. Fun to play together.Avatar ImageScreamjeanne says: Got the game today for the Wii. Very fun! Been playing all day. Got through year1( yes, that's all). A. I'm a mom, so I'm not very good and B. I have to share with my children. Any good hints for year2?Avatar ImageScreamjeanne says: Got the game today for the Wii. Very fun! Been playing all day. Got through year1( yes, that's all). A. I'm a mom, so I'm not very good and B. I have to share with my children. Any good hints for year2?

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