|Platforms||Android 5.0 and up|
It is time for us to enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter once more! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is one of the newest Harry Potter-inspired games that every Potterhead should explore. Unlike the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery by Jam City which embraces the visual-novel element, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite highlights the use of Augmented Reality. This is not surprising as the people behind this new Harry Potter game are the same people behind the well-acclaimed Pokemon Go. It works the same way with Pokemon Go but in the ever-growing Harry Potter Wizarding World. If you are an avid fan of the franchise, it is time to prove that you are one worthy wizard. Feel free to explore Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and let your epic journey begins.
The mechanics of the game are very simple and easily manageable. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite follows a story of a strange incident which apparently took place in the Muggle world. A calamity has befallen the wizarding world that caused the so-called “foundables” to mysteriously appear in the Muggle World. These Foundables are either in the form of magical artifacts, creatures, people and even memories. You will play the role of a newly recruited member of the Stature of Secrecy Task Force and your mission is to save the Muggle World from the strange calamity.
As soon as the game begins, you will be asked to activate your mobile’s GPS location. Much like Pokemon Go, you will be asked to physically travel to explore the game’s map which is entirely based on your very own GPS location. As you explore the map, you will encounter numerous buildings, towers, creatures and other interesting items you can interact with. As a wizard, you are capable of casting spells and you can only clear a mission by waving the wand properly.
If you have experienced playing Pokemon Go then you should know how Harry Potter: Wizards Unite works. As soon as you turn on your device’s geographical location and as soon as you allow the game to gain access with it, the adventure begins right away. The avatar will move according to your motion. So in order to reach certain places, you must physically travel towards that spot. The successful features that Niantic managed to apply in Pokemon Go were wonderfully captured in this game. It may not offer some hardcore visuals but the Augmented reality provides the players a unique wizarding experience.
In the entire course of this game, you will encounter the so-called “confoundables”. Your goal is to “unconfound” them by casting different spells. This will prompt you to your camera. Simply hover the camera until you locate the confoundables. After properly setting the camera location, you will be given an image indicating how your wand should be waved. This image will vanish immediately and you must try to swipe the screen as accurate as possible. It will be rated from Bad to Great depending on the accuracy.
If Pokemon Go encourages you to capture as many Pokemon as possible, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will ask you to collect as many confoundables as possible. The game features a Registry where you can place all the foundables that you collected during your search. This registry is sorted in different categories depending on the field of magic they belong. These categories include Magical Creatures, Dark Arts, Hogwarts School, Legends of Hogwarts, Ministry of Magic, Magizoology, Magical Games and Sports, Mysterious Artefacts, Wonders of the Wizarding World and Oddities. All the items in this game are entirely based on the novels and movies that every Potterhead should be familiar with.
Aside from the main quests, the game also features other equally engaging campaigns such as the Challenges that come up with a rank system and also Mysteries. There are also special Events that you should never miss. It is also interesting to note that aside from the Harry Potter references, the game also features some elements taken from The Fantastic Beast franchise. You can also invite friends in this game and socialize with them. You can earn various bonuses by doing so.
For a Potterhead, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is definitely a wonderful addition to your mobile. It’s nostalgic and definitely magical. The Augmented Reality made the wizarding experience even more fascinating and fun. Take note that this game requires a strong and stable Internet connection and knowing that you need to physically travel in this game, it consumes a lot of data so you must be prepared to it. Players can also take advantage of the Daily assignments and bonuses too. Overall, it’s a well-polished game that you can confidently add on your device. Currently, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is available on both Android and iOS devices and you can download this game absolutely for free. Have fun!