Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a mobile tie-in game. It’s coming out tomorrow. And it’s a hidden object adventure. I mean, that hardly fills my wizarding heart with joy.
But it did set my mind a-wriggling about what sort of games Harry Potter and its spin-off series should be getting. And once my mind gets a-wriggling there’s really nothing anyone can do to stop it.
So here is the product of my mind wriggle. It’s a list of bits of the Potter universe that I think would make excellent mobile games.
Where to Find Them
Okay so we’re getting a game based on the first half of the new film’s name, but why can’t we get one based on the second? I’m thinking sort of Pokemon GO, but with a variety of monsters and beasts from the Wizarding world.
Dragons, centaur, those mer-people. Whatever it is Luna Lovegood is always banging on about. It’d be pretty brilliant if you ask me, and I’m surprised no one has thought of making it. Or I’m surprised no one has made it.
I mean, come on. A quidditch game would be pretty damn good. You could even go for Quidditch Manager, training up your team, learning new spells to cheat with, that sort of thing.
Obviously you shouldn’t cheat when you’re playing sports in real life. But this isn’t real life. And setting someone on fire a bit is a great way to make sure you catch the Golden Snitch.
You could draw out spells on your phone to fight in multiplayer battles with other pretend wizards. Or even better, use the accelerometer on your phone to flick out the right shapes. The mic could pick up what you say.
Throw in VR support so you can see your magical firebolts flying across the room and you’re left with a game that literally everyone in the world would want to buy. Literally everyone.
So in my head this is like Fruit Ninja, but instead of slicing up fruit you’re trying to catch the mail that owls are dropping. Maybe you even have to put it in the right place. But more exciting than that sounds.
The owls could drop howlers and other items you’re not allowed in Hogwarts and you have to hit those with spells to get rid of them. I honestly don’t understand why I’m not raking in millions making games.
House Elf Keeper
This one would be like Dungeon Keeper, but instead of keeping a dungeon you’re in control of a bunch of House Elves. And you need to get them to do stuff for you like clean the curtains or whatever.
And you can be cruel and risk rebellion or kind and risk shirking. Or a mixture of the two and risk incredibly confused Elves. Again, this is a brilliant idea someone please buy it off me.