LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review
- Fun-filled adaption of the novels; keeps the seriousness while emphasizing 'casual fun'.
- Slick 3D presentation; smooth performance on latest devices.
- Tonnes of content on offer; duelling also available as IAP DLC.
- Controls not suited to the combat-oriented sections of the game.
- Same old LEGO formula.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is a treat for those who loved the first title; its uncomplicated free-exploration style makes it a hard game to put down.
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It may have taken some time, but the LEGO Harry Potter series finally comes to a close on the iOS platform with the release of Years 5-7. The first release managed to do a neat job of packaging the hand-held version for a touch interface, but it seems to struggle at times with the somewhat more complex sequel, bringing things down a notch.
Most notably, Years 5-7 covers the rather action-packed period of the Harry Potter novels, which means plenty of wave-wanding and spell-slinging. Much like the previous release (and the LEGO titles in general), the basic gameplay revolves around your natural curiosity, interacting with every object you come across to solve puzzles, collect LEGO pieces and defeat the occasional enemy.
This is where things get a little sticky as switching between various spells isn't always an easy task when faced with multiple enemies. Thankfully the 'dueling' system is somewhat more reliable, though this is more due to its simplicity than anything else.
Speaking of dueling, players can purchase an additional mode that allows them to duke it out against other characters from the Harry Potter world. It's an odd inclusion to leave out of the game, but for those looking to test their reflexes, it provides a decent distraction.
More than anything else, Years 5-7 is carried upon the shoulders of the well established LEGO gaming formula to keep you coming back for more. Levels taunt you with tantalizing secrets placed just out of reach until later on and if you're a fan of the first game you'll find this one just as amusing in its depiction of the novels.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is more of the same, but the change of pace gives the game more immediacy than its first title, making up for the occasionally quirky controls. Worth grabbing if you couldn't get enough of Years 1-4.
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Continue the saga of the Boy Who Lived in this spell-binding adventure for wizards and Muggles alike. Experience Harry’s last years at Hogwarts™ and battle Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil. The creative LEGO® prowess unites with the expansive world of Harry Potter™ to deliver an exciting and rewarding gameplay experience that features lessons, spell-casting, dueling and much more for players of all ages!
Follow Harry’s heroic endeavors and encounter new faces, new lessons, new challenges and new spells.
Explore new LEGO gameplay settings including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and Godric’s Hollow as well as iconic locations like Diagon Alley and Hogwarts.
Build, conjure and explore this multi-faceted LEGO world as you discover your inner wizard!
Enjoy the game with full 3D game play.
INTUITIVE TOUCH SCREEN CONTROLS
Touch the screen to cast spells and target objects, use the interactive display to change characters and spells simply by touching their icons, and recreate iconic duels by casting and deflecting spells with your fingers tips.
Complete the game to 100% in the fastest time and post your scores to the leader board. Compare your score against friends or the whole world!
25 achievements to unlock
DUELING CLUB EXPANSION
Add the Dueling Club expansion and master advanced dueling skills against a host of famous witches and wizards including Professor Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lord Voldemort and many more. Defeat each category leader to unlock them for use in Free Play mode.
What's New in Version 1.3After listening to feedback we have added a new optional controls system which focuses more on the games touch screen controls. When starting the game, you will receive a message asking if you wish to use the new controls or if you would like to continue using the default controls. The new controls can be toggled on or off through the in-game pause menu under ‘Options’ and then ‘Touch Controls’.
The default controls have not be changed.
NEW TOUCH CONTROLS
SPELL CASTING – Tapping the screen will now cast your selected spell at the object or area you tap rather than in the direction you are facing.
SPELL TARGETING – To target a specific object, touch and hold the screen to bring up the targeting cursor. Move your finger over an object to target it and then let go to cast a spell at the object.
INTERACT – To interact with LEGO objects such as Strength Handles or to pick up LEGO objects simply touch the on-screen button prompt which will appear when standing next to an interactive LEGO object. To drop a LEGO object, touch your character while they are standing still. To place a LEGO object, stand next to the correct location and touch the on screen button prompt.
REDUCTO – This spell no longer needs to be charged to destroy Silver LEGO objects. With Reducto selected, simply tap a Silver LEGO Object to destroy it.
EXPECTO PATRONUM – This spell no longer needs to be charged to defeat Dementors. To defeat a Dementor, cast at it once with Expecto Patronum to stun it, then cast at it again to defeat it.
PETS/ANIMAGUS/ABILITY – To use a Pet, Animagus or a Character Ability select the green spell slot and tap on your character.
PETS/ANIMAGUS: As a animal, tap the screen to bash objects or dig.
To change back to your character touch the Character Swap button
ABILITY: To stop using an ability, tap the Character Swap button, or touch the Character Portrait