|Publisher||Jam City Inc|
|Platforms||Android 4.4 and up|
The Harry Potter novels and the movies concluded years ago but the magic still remains. Everyone who grew up watching the movies or reading the novels somehow imagined themselves living in the mystic world of Hogwarts. Interestingly, this new game published by Jam City will take you to the wizarding world of Hogwarts which will take place before the events of the Harry Potter movies. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery allows you to experience how to become a wizard and explore the mystery behind the main character. If you are a big fan of the Harry Potter franchise, this mobile game is definitely a great addition to your mobile. This game will surely unleash the Potterhead inside you.
The mechanics for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery are very simple and compare to most RPG, the game will heavily rely on the story than actions. It is more of a decision-making game similar to the concept used by Howyaknow to their The Walking Dead game series. Since Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a decision-making adventure, the game will come up with multiple endings depending on the decisions you make in the entire course of the game. Interestingly, this game will give you the experience of how it feels like to be in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
The game follows a story of Thomas Taylor (the default name given to your character which can be changed based on your own preferences) who just entered Hogwarts. Apparently, your brother Jacob was expelled from Hogwarts for attempting to open the “Cursed Vaults”, a hidden vault rumored to have existed at the school and will serve as the main plot point of the game. You have to unveil the mystery behind these cursed vaults. The main character can be customized based on your preferences. You can select the gender, customize the appearance and also select your preferred house in Hogwarts; Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.
Become a Great Wizard
In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, you start off from scratch. You have no knowledge to anything about becoming a wizard so no matter how much you know about the famous Harry Potter spells like Lumos or Wingardium Leviosa, you have to learn them all one at a time during the game. Interestingly, if Harry Potter is accompanied by Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, your character will also find his own companions. You will meet a character known as Rowan Khanna who will help you from the very beginning while a character named Merula Snyde will be Draco Malfoy’s counterpart.
All interactions in the game are tap-based. From time to time, you will encounter scenarios that require you to take actions. You might be asked to examine items, chat with some non-playable characters and more. Each action consumes energy which will replenish after a certain amount of time. Casting Spell is one of the best parts of this game because you have to learn how to properly move your wand. Typically, a pattern will be shown and you just have to swipe the wand according to the given path or direction.
House Points and Decision Making
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery introduces the House Point system. Once you have selected your preferred House, you will become responsible for everything and you must thrive hard to excel on every action you make. The game will allow you to keep track of the race for the House cup. At the end of each year, the house with the most house points gets the house cup. To help your house win, you must gather enough House points which can be obtained in many ways.
You can do so by attending classes, embarking yourself on a quest and even by hanging out with friends. Just be cautious with your actions and make sure to complete the tasks satisfactorily as professors can deduct house points if your performance is poor. The game will also focus on decision making. From time to time, you will encounter scenarios where you have to decide your answers. Each answer will take you to a different path which makes this game absolutely worth-exploring.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is as magical as it is. It is certainly a great addition to your mobile whether you are a certified Potterhead or not. The game captures the magical vibes of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Not to mention the impressive graphics and voice-overs applied for this epic mobile game. Just keep in mind that in order to have a full gaming experience, a strong and stable Internet connection is required. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is available on both Android and iOS devices and you can download this game for free. Have fun!