I picked up this game cheap a few weeks ago and although I'm not a Potter fan as such, I had a copy of Lego Indiana Jones on Xbox and loved that, so I thought I'd sample a different Lego offering.
If you have played any of the Lego games before then you will know exactly what to expect. Easy going, colourful and intriguing puzzle solving fun, which allows you to destroy pretty much any object and get coins from it.
This is no different. You can switch between either of the on-screen characters at the press of a button in order to utilise the unique ability of another character. There is an enhancement with Harry Potter though, allowing you to hold down the 'switch character' button to access a menu so you can pick the special ability you are using. This allows for multiple differnent spells to be used depending on the situation and the characters learn more spells as they progress furthar on into their school lives, just like the movies.
The story is, as always with Lego games, pretty on the ball and you get to play out pivotal moments of the story. Again like before, a friend or family member can come along at any time and join the game, controlling the second character, which I always thought was good fun.
The visuals on Wii are of course, under par compared to Xbox/PS3, which was a bit annoying at first and I found it difficult to focus on the screen properly at times but not too bad and to be expected. Even though it isn't quite as colourful and is more pixelated, it still looks inviting and intriguing. The surroundings of Hogwards and the like have been created wonderfully and are fully convincing even in Lego form, along with all of the characters.
The only problem I have is that it feels far less comfortable to play on the Wii with the nunchuck as it does to play on Xbox, mainly because you have to use both arms separately and the analogue stick on the nunchuck feels rather inaccurate, leaving you frustrated when you have to take multiple attempts to jump up on a platform at an awkward angle.
Overall a brilliant installment though and although I haven't got too far in the game yet, it feels as though it will offer far more variety than the Indiana Jones Lego games. Definately worth a purchase. There is enough depth and content to keep a single player going and it is easily accessible and playable for even a non cosole playing noob to join in at any time and lend a hand.
- The same amazing Lego gameplay we have seen before.
- Hogwards looks really good in Lego and is intriguing to explore.
- The story is on the ball and feels easy to follow even for a non Potter fan... Fans of the series will love it!
- A menu for selecting special abilities rather than being stuck with the same one throughout the game.
- Lots of content to keep you going.
- As always, the ability for a second player to join and leave at the press of a button.
- Graphics on the Wii are of course non-HD and inferior to Xbox or PS3.
- The analogue stick on Wii nunchuck is a little inaccurate and makes for some awkward playing at times.
- I'm nitpicking here... but... Despite the ability to perform spells with your wand, the game feels less involving and exciting than Lego Batman.