‘Hogwarts Mystery’ is the Harry Potter you thought you wanted

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It’s been quite awhile since we have gotten any new editions to the universe of “Harry Potter.” Sure, we have had stuff like the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and the move “Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them,” but it’s not the same. But now it seems you are in luck. There’s a new mobile game out and it’s perfect if you have ever wanted to go to Hogwarts.

Set as a prequel for the franchise, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” is a mobile game that allows the player to create a character and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You are able to learn spells and potions by attending classes, interact with fellow students, and go on adventures. 

In the plot for the game, you attend Hogwarts not to get an education, but rather to find what happened to brother and what’s up with these cursed vaults he tried to open. Your brother ran away after he got expelled from Hogwarts. You know he did something extremely bad because Hogwarts just expel everyone. There’s also some side quest in the game but that’s nothing of importance.

This game is a mix of really good things and just plain bad things. The plot and the concept of the game is something that everyone has wanted for years. It’s fun and will keep you interested in the story is one that keeps you playing the game. The bad part of the game is the gameplay because frankly, it’s just bad. In order to do events, you will need to use energy. You will use up a lot of energy fast to complete these events. The sad part is that you will need to refill energy multiple times just to complete that event. And if you don’t feel like waiting almost an hour then you can just buy more. Yeah, it’s that kind of game.

The characters in the game aren’t really likable but rather annoying. One is literally Chuckie Finster, the school bully looks like Emma Watson if she lost a fight with a very scary lawnmower, and your best friend needs to be kicked. The only likable character is a freaking Hufflepuff. That’s just sad. All the professors you know, love and despise are in the game. There are also some similar faces in the game as well.

“Hogwarts Mystery” is a fun game if you are looking to play it all days with an excessive amount of breaks in between. But overall, it’s a good try but it’s not a very good game. Hopefully, they release an update that will help make it more enjoyable. No one wants to take all day to play a mobile game. Also, please fix all the characters and make them likable.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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