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Lego Harry Potter: Years 1–4

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by type1dmom on 12/27/2010

Ordered this game for my daughter and she loves it ~ Great price and arrived very quickly too.

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Experience the magic of Harry Potter's first 4 years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in an exciting new way! LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the first 4 Harry Potter books and films in an interactive fun-filled videogame. Build the adventure from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament through new LEGO gameplay elements like magical building and spell-casting. Select from over 100 playable characters including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Experience the wonder of Hogwarts: attend lessons, interact with the professors, mix potions, fly on broomsticks, and complete tasks to collect LEGO studs as you relive the adventures like never before with tongue-in-cheek humor and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.


Manufacturer WHV Games
Mfg Part# 1000110073
SKU 212317562
UPC 883929085842
UPC 14 00883929085842
Format Nintendo DS
Review The cards were stacked against LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4. This is the fourth franchise to get the LEGO treatment and something like the seventh LEGO game if you include the double-dip on the Star Wars adventures. People know the formula of stud collecting, character unlocking and drop-in/drop-out co-op pretty well by now. When I -- a seasoned LEGO vet -- sat down to play Harry Potter, even my eyes began to roll a bit at the thought of the "blast everything" quest I was about to set out on...Then, LEGO Harry Potter won me over with gorgeous environments, clever use of the famed spells, legitimate humor and adorable references that show how dialed in Traveller's Tales is to this franchise. After a few hit or miss LEGO outings, this is the game fans have been waiting for...The humor they've infused into this lore is also awesome. Zapping a radio only to have a bunch of skeletons run out and dance, watching Moaning Myrtle put on a synchronized swimming routine, and having the cheeseball ending image of the film Prisoner of Azkaban cranked up to an even more absurd level are just some of the things that cracked me -- a mid-range Potter movie fan -- up to no end. Oh, and don't even get me started on how cute the screeching mandrake roots are...LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a love letter to fans of the Boy Who Lived. The comedic cutscenes toying with canon, the hundreds of hidden things to find, and the general sense of a great LEGO game paired with a great series really makes this game a standout. There are still a few issues to buff out, but there's plenty in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to keep you coming back for more.
Reviewer Greg Miller
ReviewRating 8
Review Since Lego Star Wars appeared our imaginations have run wild wondering what games we could get with the Lego branding. So far gamers have been treated to adaptations of, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman. Treated they have been too, as the games are solid and enjoyable, without ever getting stale. So on to the next choice in Harry Potter: Years 1-4...Those who know the Harry Potter story, will know that the source material is there and is an excellent choice to be given the Lego treatment. All the elements are there from the story, the settings and the characters. There may be fears that it is just more of the same and the games might start to feel stale, so what of Harry Potter?...Well fear not, as the young wizard uses his magic to produce a title that is full of quality gameplay, lovely visuals, along with tons of humour and charm. From the very first moment or the very first cut scene the tried and tested formula comes through, including the decision to use expression sounds over actual dialogue, once again this works a treat and allows Lego's idea of imagination to shine through. Characters are instantly recognisable to those who have seen the films with each looking like perfect Lego recreations of their live action versions. Levels look like they could be lovingly recreated at home, yet retain their identity from the films and books...As with the the preceding games, co-op play makes up a vital part of the games make up. Lego Harry Potter uses the dynamic split-screen, first seen in Lego Indiana Jones 2, when a second person decides to join in. The jump in/jump out nature works as well as you would expect from a Lego game. It is a shame that a third person cannot join in, however that is but a minor niggle. It is up to the user how they set up for co-op really. As mentioned the is the jump in/jump out mechanic, however it is also possible to have 4 different save games on the go. It means the family can all get involved without taking over each others games and get involved the whole family will...Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is another example from Travellers Tales of how to create a game that the whole family can enjoy. It cares not for gaming stereotypes and sets out to show that casual doesn't have to mean mini-games. The game is charming, funny, challenging and most of all, it is enjoyable. You would really need to hate games not to enjoy it.
Reviewer Bradley Marsh
ReviewRating 9
Attend Lessons, Cast Spells, Mix potions, Fly On Broomsticks And Complete Tasks To Earn House Points.
Explore Iconic Settings From The Wizarding World: Including Hogwarts castle, Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade.
Play As Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger: As well as other favorite characters.
Product Type Software
Distribution Media/Method Cartridge
Manufacturer Part Number 1000110073
Manufacturer Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc
Product Name LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Package Type Retail
Brand Name WB
Platform Supported Nintendo DS
Features Attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to collect LEGO studs Play as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger as well as other favorite characters; over 100 playable characters. Explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade and, of course, Hogwarts Castle. LEGO Hogwarts is a grand, immersive 3D environment and the largest, most detailed LEGO game location ever built. Conjure up fun with a friend and play through Harry's first 4 years at Hogwarts as a team with easy drop-in/drop-out co-op play.
Software Name LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Software Sub Type Action/Adventure Game
Software Main Type Game
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Maximum Number of Players Supported 2
Multiplayer Supported Yes
Release Date 2010-06-29
Product Attributes
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10+)
Game Format Nintendo DS
Game Genre Action
Max # of Players 2
Dan Whitehead, If there's a better kids' game this year, I'll eat my Sorting Hat. It's often funny, addictive, and surprisingly good to look at...
Kevin VanOrd, Harry's adventure into Lego land is exactly what you'd want it to be: charming, fun, and chock-full of secrets.

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