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Software Review:    Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone

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J.K Rowlings' Harry Potter books have done a super job at getting kids away from their computer and video games to do some old-fashioned reading and imagining. Now that there's a Potter movie and games like this one, the magic has come full circle. Rest assured, though, Harry Potter's magic will return when the fifth novel is released. In the while, kids will have some fun with this new PC game.

Kids play as Harry himself in this adventure game that takes them back to the very beginning. The program introduces the story line from baby Harry's arrival on the doorstep of his soon-to-be wicked stepparents. Play begins when Harry finds himself at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Dumbledore greets him and encourages him to explore the school. 

Players collect every-flavor beans and wizard cards, attend classes and learn how to cast spells, and encounter a number of characters from the book, including Hagrid and Malfoy. A little further in the adventure, Harry flies on a broom. Players need to unlock a Quidditch League play mode which is really quite fun. The game of Quidditch takes a bit of time to learn, but once the controls are understood, it is relatively easy to win.

 
Pros:
  • Gorgeous graphics and wonderful sound effects.
  • Kids get to experience the characters and situations found in the first Harry Potter book.

 

Cons:
  • Controls are sometimes difficult.
  • Game-play is limited at times.
  • Has high video requirements -- video doesn't run properly on some machines.

 

 

For Win/Mac By: Electronic Arts   Ages 8-up Published: 2001
 

 

 

 

 

Our Rating:

A-

To Buy this CD-ROM:

Buy Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone (PC)  for $19.99 at Amazon.com

 Reviewed December 2001                                                                                                  Comments? Email us.
 
 


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