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Harry Potter charm + tremendous replay value.,
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This review is from: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Granted, this is a Lego franchise game. It has the same frustrations as previous Lego games. BUT . . . IT'S HARRY POTTER! So that staircase you're having a hard time building . . . well, at least you're doing it with a WAND! The characters and cut-scenes are adorable and humorous (except creepier-than-usual Filch). This game will please fans of the story/movies with its accuracy. Familiarity with the Harry Potter story is almost a must for gameplay. For example, you may need a Ravenclaw prefect to access the Ravenclaw common room, Griphook's ability to open a safe, or Snape's impressive power to blast something. If none of what I just said makes sense, this might not be the game for you.
It is appealing to Harry Potter fans of all ages. My game has been played by four people between the ages of 6-41. Player 2 can jump in or out at any time for a quick assist. Changing characters and spells is easy. Even fighting Volde---I mean, He Who Must Not Be Named--- isn't particularly scary or stressful.
Competent gamers will finish the game---for the first time---in less than 12 hours . . . BUT most things are not unlockable/accessible on the first time through a level. You will be shocked to see your low level of game completion at the end of each stage. If you can't get to something on the first try, don't waste a lot of time on it. For example, don't worry about those large black balls you see everywhere, which don't seem to respond to any character or spell. They're for Snape.
One kind of irritating feature of the game: the special abilities and sensors you purchase from the Owl Emporium must be enabled through the "Extras" menu each time you play. That slows you down a bit, but it's nice to be saved from falls and get 10X score, etc. Definitely read the instruction manual so you will know what to do with red bricks, how to purchase and upgrade things, etc.
Enjoy! I wonder if my game will ever be 100% complete.