LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
The gameplay is similar to other LEGO titles,with a focus on collecting, exploring and solving puzzles. Set in the Harry Potter universe, the game follows the same storyline as the film and book series – with the additional LEGO humor, of course – and fans should be familiar with many of the environments and characters beforehand.
As the name suggests, this collection of games covers the final three books/four films of the series, where the story took a darker turn. That’s certainly reflected here although treated with the same irreverence you’d expect of TT.
Regardless, the chapters here are affectionate and faithful while sprinkling everything with a nice line in humour. Even several hours in, the boos of Slytherin pupils every time they run into Harry makes me smile.
While the core of the game – solve puzzles (often through cooperation, if you’re taking or encouraging offspring to go the two player route), collect studs, rebuild things, etc – remains the same as ever, there are some advances.
The most notable of these is probably the Sonic-like stud-collecting broomstick flight across London, which takes several attempts to master in Free Play mode.
As before, however, you won’t mind revisiting and replaying , whether it’s to hit the “True Wizard” level of stud collection or to go back and explore the areas that were previously locked.
In addition to the previous restrictions – locks and chains that can only be destroyed by experienced wizards, things that can only be opened by masters of the Dark Arts, etc – this time round there are some new unlocakables, such as areas that require Weasley Sticky Trainers to explore, or Muggle equipment that only Arthur Weasley can fix.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan or someone who hasn’t played the two games from 2010 and 2011, then this title will definitely appeal to you, there’s weeks of fun in this package. As you’d expect. It’s fun and funny. As you’d expect from any Lego title.