Kids re-create scenes and settings from Harry Potter's second-year adventures at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry with LEGO Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
. In LEGO's workshop environment, kids can create Hogwarts Castle, Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, the Chamber of Secrets, and scenes from their own imagination using hundreds of LEGO bricks and pieces. Explore every inch of Hogwarts, including Hagrid's hut, Snape's potion room, Dumbledore's office, and the Quidditch field. Choose from four fun-filled modes of play: challenges, explore, build, and play, while mini story scenes help kids learn how to move around in the world and work with bricks and buildings.
Another year, another disaster. After playing for nearly five hours, this reviewer has had more than enough. The headache started when the program first crashed on our one-year-old, fairly reliable eMachine, wiping out a lot of hard work. Prior to the crash, time was spent guiding a LEGO version of Harry Potter around while slowly but surely collecting frogs and treasure chests to get to the main part of the game (kids will like this part, in spite of the fact that characters move too slowly). The construction component, available from most screens, is absurdly complex, so if your child is itching to build Hogwarts rooms out of virtual LEGOs, as the title implies, forget it. There are lots of features, like tools for altering weather, creating characters and constructing buildings, but you have to be a wizard or witch to figure them out. Twelve enticing-looking portals lead to places to explore and build in, but the same problems plague each of these. Like last year's LEGO/Harry Potter game, this one's a bust. -- From Children's Software Revue® -- "Subscribe Now!"