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By Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen on May 2, 2018

You might remember the review I wrote for Pokemon GO. I had the same reaction (without the running around) when I installed this game. Notwithstanding my enthusiasm, I didn't really have the time to properly play it. I really want to enjoy the game and get every magical detail out of it, so I didn't get as far as I hoped I would get. But still, I got a good overall idea of the game and one thing I know for sure is that I will also get my Hogwarts degree at the end of the game.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (as far as I can see) is basically about going to Hogwarts, which is exactly what we always wanted. At least I did, but my letter never came because the files of Muggle-borns being destroyed for the period in which I was born. So yeah, I am still waiting my letter, or the first opportunity I get to apply for a teaching job there.

Luckily, a decent replacement for not going there ourselves comes in the form of this amazing app game! You start of like every first year's at Diagon Ally, buying your school supplies. You even get to go to Olivander's to buy your very own wand. You'll be asked a series of questions and, depending on the answers you give, you get handed a wand (this also applies for more aspects of the game in the future). Also, in Diagon Ally, you will meet your fellow classmate, Rowan (at least she was named Rowan in my game, maybe if you play as a boy this is different).

Okay, so let's go to Hogwarts! At this school of schools, we start off with the news that the boy who lived is safe, meaning the game is set in the early 80's and Voldemort has disappeared (which, in turn, means that we are safe to say his name, no jinxes). I won't get into technical details about the fact that Harry became the boy who lived at the 31st of October and school starts at the 1st of Sept so it must be 1982, but then again, why would Dumbledore mention that Harry is safe so... yeah okay, let's not even go there. I haven't found plot holes or factual errors so far, so let's keep it that way for now.

Right, back to the game! You start off with the sorting ceremony, in which you can choose your house, how convenient. Within no time flat, you already have an enemy, sorry I forget her name. I just hope she doesn't end up being the daughter of Voldemort or something. I just know she is a Slytherin (since I am a Ravenclaw) and her family were former Death Eaters. So yeah... she is like the Draco to your Harry. Although she isn't as hot, at least not yet. Hmmm... and we're going back to the game!

Since Hogwarts is the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry you learn both and all the famous and (overall) loved teachers are there to teach you all the magical things you need to know as a young wizard or witch. You'll have to fulfil tasks and "missions" to level up and to be able to explore more of the Hogwarts grounds and move up in years. You start of as a first year but will grow over time, assuming you pass your "exams" and make enough overall progress. But yeah, every school is about more than just learning things. It is al whole society (inner teacher waking up here), which means that you will also make friends and enemies. You will also learn a lot about yourself and about your brother, who is part of a major storyline during the game. I don't want to spoil too much but let's just say that you are also at Hogwarts to find out what happened in the past and to clear his and your name.

Okay now, let's get into the gameplay... Uhm yeah... you follow your lessons and have to study and learn all kinds of things. The famous spells and difficult potions you may know from the books and movies will all make an appearance as you play the game. To learn them, you'll have to collect stars and if you collected enough stars you can pass the lesson and learn the spell or brew the potion (and of course learn how to fly). This brings me to the one major downside of the game (just look at all the social media complaints about it). To get these stars you need to do "actions" and these costs energy. The thing is that you run out of energy (I have 25 energy max) really, really easily... So if you don't want to spend money, you need to be patient ( for 4:00 minutes) to obtain 1 new energy point... This might also be one of the reasons why I didn't get that far in the game.

On the other hand, a major upside is that the choices you make during the lessons, and also the answers you give during "normal" conversations effect your personality. You either obtain Knowledge, Courage or Empathy. Another upside is the fact that your Harry Potter knowledge will be tested once in a while and you also need to pay attention during the lessons (while you are clicking away your energy) to be able to answer questions correctly and get better results. You also have to pay attention when socializing with other characters because some answers are correct, some are great and some are just plain wrong. This means that your progress will depend on how well you read and how well you understand what is going on.

I could talk for hours on end about this game but let's end it on the following note: If you are a major die-hard Harry Potter fan, you will love Hogwarts Mystery. You'll just have to be patient. If you are die hard gamer and want progress overnight, just pay to get more energy. But for those who want to walk the halls at Hogwarts when they are sitting behind their desks please go ahead and download this lovely game. Play the game and play it like it is really you who is answering the questions or being put in certain situations.

available on:

Portkey Games & Jam City
April 25, 2018