Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4

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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4
Lego potter cover.jpg
North American cover art
Developer(s) Traveller's Tales
Feral Interactive
Open Planet Software (OS X)
Publisher(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Feral Interactive (OS X) [1]
Series Lego Harry Potter
Platform(s) iOS
OS X
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo DS
Wii
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Portable
Xbox 360
PlayStation 2 (cancelled)
Release date(s)
  • NA June 29, 2010
  • EU June 25, 2010
  • AUS June 30, 2010

PSP

  • NA June 29, 2010
  • EU August 13, 2010
  • AUS June 30, 2010

OS X

  • NA February 22, 2011
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo DS Game Card, UMD, cloud computing

Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4 is a 2010 video game in the Lego video game franchise, developed by Traveller's Tales and published by Warner Bros.[2][3] The game is based on the Lego Harry Potter line and its storyline covers the first four films in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The game is available on the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, OS X and iOS. The OS X version of the game was released on February 22, 2011 by Feral Interactive.[1][2] A PlayStation 2 version of the game was planned, but later cancelled for unknown reasons and was scrapped along with Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues.

Gameplay[edit]

Lego Harry Potter's gameplay is similar to that of most previous Lego games, with an emphasis on collecting, exploring, and solving puzzles. Casting spells is an integral part of the gameplay, with a wide range of spells available for unlocking as the player progresses. As there are many spells available in the game, the player can use the spell wheel to select the spell. Potion-making is another integral feature; potions can help the player complete levels or, if created incorrectly, have adverse side effects such as turning the player into a frog.[4]

Changes to the mechanics of previous games include 'Student in Peril' missions, which are a group of challenges to help a student, and Polyjuice Potion, which allows players to temporarily change one of the player's characters into any other mini-figure unlocked.[5] A major change is to the hub system. The Leaky Cauldron works as a central hub for purchasing unlockable extras and returning to previous levels, while Hogwarts acts as a constantly evolving massive hub with the unlockable characters found by picking up their hidden portraits.[6] [7]

The bigger areas in Hogwarts have led developer Traveller's Tales to improve the overall level design. Also included is another bonus level that allows players to customize the level similar to Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. If the player is lost in-game, they can follow a trail of Ghost Studs to the next level. These do not count towards the stud total, but will guide the player to the next section of the level. However one of the collectible 'red bricks', found in the courtyard next to Herbology, gets the player an 'extra' that makes the ghost studs worth 1,000 each.[8] [9]

The central hub is Diagon Alley and its entrance through the Leaky Cauldron. Players can access a room at the second floor of the building to watch videos from the game, as well as using a notice board with pictures from where the player can play completed levels again.[10] Diagon Alley serves as a series of stores where the player is able to buy characters or change a number of customizable ones, spells, and bricks that have a varying range of uses, such as changing the player's wand to a carrot, or making the player invincible.[11] Players are also able to visit Gringotts or Borgin and Burkes in order to play extra levels. There are 167 characters purchasable in the game.[12]

The game covers a wide range of characters of the first four parts, from notable ones like Albus Dumbledore, and Severus Snape, to others like Viktor Krum in shark form or the Trolley Witch from the Hogwarts Express.[13]

The storyline is substantially unaltered from the movies, with slight changes to allow consistent two-player mode throughout the game.

Multiplayer mode[edit]

The game employs the two player split-screen technique introduced in Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. There is also online support for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The plotline of the game differs from that of the books and films several times in order to have at least two characters in each level. For example, Hermione (accidentally) joins Harry during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament,[14] which was unlike both the book and the film, where Harry fights the dragon alone.

Changes for the Nintendo DS, PSP, and iOS versions[edit]

In the Nintendo DS, PSP, and iOS versions, several changes were made from the versions of the other formats. There is only one hub, the Room of Requirement, but the explorable Hogwarts and Diagon Alley hubs of the other versions were removed and both boss battles and spellcasting were simplified.[15] The DS version uses touchscreen controls to perform spells, and is a downscaled port of the PSP version.[16]

Development[edit]

Hogsmeade village in the game.

News of the game's existence was leaked in March 2009,[17] although rumours had been circulating since late 2008.[18] Warner Bros. officially confirmed the game in June 2009 with an estimated release of 2010.[19][20][21]

A teaser trailer was released on the day of the game's official announcement[22][23] followed by four individually released vignettes, beginning in December 2009. Each vignette focussed on one of the first four years featured in the game.[24][25][26][27] A new trailer was released to coincide with the game's launch.[28] All six trailers are available on the official website.[21][29] A demo of the game was made available to download from PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and PC in June 2010.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 81.45% [30]
Metacritic 80/100 [31]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B+ [32]
Game Revolution B- [33]
GameSpot 8/10 [34]
IGN 8.5/10 [35]
Official Nintendo Magazine 80% [36]
VideoGamer.com 8/10 [37]

The game received generally positive reviews. Official Nintendo Magazine gave the Wii and DS version 80%. Saying that it was "one of the best Harry Potter games ever", but that it lacked originality compared to previous Lego games.[36] GameSpot gave the console versions an 8/10, complementing the large amount of secrets and charm.[34] IGN praised the game giving it an 8.5, complementing the new additions to the game, while the PSP version of the game received a 7.0.[35] IGN editor Nicole Tanner awarded it "Best Mindless Fun".[38]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, covering the stories of the final three books and four movies in the series, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5–7, was released in 2011 by Warner Bros.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Feral Interactive: LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4". 
  2. ^ a b "LEGO.com Video Game: Harry Potter Home". 
  3. ^ "LEGO Harry Potter coming soon!". Traveller's Tales. 2010-04-26. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  4. ^ Marchiafava, Jeff (December 2009). "Traveller's Tales spills the beans on the boy wizard's latest adventure". Game Informer (201): pp. 60–61. 
  5. ^ Blum, Matt (2010-07-01). "Review: Lego Harry Potter Video Game Has the Movie Magic, Plus Silliness". Wired. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  6. ^ http://palgn.com.au/video-game/7987/playstation-2/lego-harry-potter-years-1-4/
  7. ^ http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/04/06/uk-qa-lego-harry-potter-years-1-4/
  8. ^ Ferry (2010-06-25). "Lego Harry Potter Walkthrough Videos". VideoGamesBlogger. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  9. ^ http://guides.ign.com/guides/14329937/
  10. ^ http://guides.ign.com/guides/14329935/page_2.html
  11. ^ http://guides.ign.com/guides/14329935/page_5.html
  12. ^ http://faqs.ign.com/articles/110/1109088p1.html
  13. ^ http://guides.ign.com/guides/14329935/page_90.html
  14. ^ http://guides.ign.com/guides/14329935/page_62.html
  15. ^ "LEGO Harry Potter PSP Review". IGN. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "LEGO Harry Potter DS Review". IGN. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  17. ^ Martin, Liam (2009-03-14). "'Lego Harry Potter' inadvertently confirmed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  18. ^ Martin, Liam (2008-12-01). "Harry Potter to receive Lego makeover?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  19. ^ Purchese, Robert (2009-06-01). "Warner confirms LEGO Harry Potter". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  20. ^ "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 "Spellbinding" Behind-the-Scenes Video". 
  21. ^ a b "Behind the Magic of the LEGO Harry Potter Video Game!". 
  22. ^ Ishimoto, Moye (2009-06-01). "LEGO Harry Potter E3 Trailer". G4tv. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  23. ^ "Teaser Trailer". 
  24. ^ "Year 1 Trailer". 
  25. ^ "Year 2 Trailer". 
  26. ^ "Year 3 Trailer". 
  27. ^ "Year 4 Trailer". 
  28. ^ "Launch Trailer". 
  29. ^ "Lego Harry Potter takes off with launch trailer". 
  30. ^ "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4". GameRankings. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  31. ^ "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  32. ^ Liang, Alice (2010-06-28). "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PS3)". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  33. ^ "Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - PS3". Game Revolution. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  34. ^ a b VanOrd, Kevin (2010-06-25). "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  35. ^ a b Miller, Greg (2010-06-28). "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  36. ^ a b Scullion, Chris (2010-06-27). "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Wii review". Official Nintendo Magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  37. ^ Ford, Seb (2010-07-06). "LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  38. ^ IGN Staff (August 5, 2010). "Our Favorite Games of 2010 (So Far) - Wii Feature at IGN". IGN. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  39. ^ http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2011/05/19/warner-bros-interactive-entertainment-tt-games-and-lego-group-announce-lego%C2%AE-harry-potter

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