By Magdelena Long
As an avid fan of Harry Potter, I was really excited for the recent release of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Following the adventures of a younger sibling, (which you can control and customize), you enter Hogwarts to solve the mysteries of your lost older brother and the Cursed Vaults.
With the gaming garnering a 4.4 score and over 10 million downloads on Android Google Play Store, it scares me. The only explanation of why people even search for this Sim-like shallow clicker game is for the nostalgia. Which even then – it doesn’t do a good job. The only redeeming quality I can appreciate in this game is that the main character can be customised to be me through my own story or to be someone else rather than being Harry himself. Sadly, I might not be able to meet Harry as the game is set a few years before Harry got into Hogwarts.
The reasons why I hated this game so much was because it is basically played like the Sims on mobile – I should just call it Sims 2.0. The way to play this game is by clicking things that are highlighted, or clicking on the few item which were meant to be clicked while deducting the Energy (you can try clicking on few objects in Hogwarts to gain bonus Energy). I should also mention that there was this one time when I had to look away from the game during a quest for a few seconds while happily clicking away to progress through the quest – If you don’t pay attention to your energy bar, you will probably end up like me, accidentally clickeing on the reload your energy for gems button. Welp, bye-bye my precious precious gems that I’ve been hoarding.
From time to time, there will being other things to do other than random unsatisfying clicking. You actually get to cast spells. Hoozah, all you have to do is trace the figure on the screen. Did I trace it wrong? No. Did I randomly clicked just anywhere? No. Then what’s the reason? I’ll leave it to the game developers to tell me.
When I’m in a lesson, Harry Potter related quizzes/trivia will show up. Okay, I like quizzes but these get very boring, very quickly. For a fan like me, the questions are just too easy to answer and sometimes I purposely fail just to see what happens. Some of the questions repeat themselves and again, I casually click on the wrong answer just for fun.
I will get House points if I finish a lesson as well but I also realized that it is rather easy to gain and lose points and you too will be surprised on how you will gain or lose them. I’m still surprised myself. Usually the points given are storyline based, like Snape will deduct your house points when you make mistakes or Dumbledore giving enormous house points to you when you show courage – all according to the storyline. As I have said before, I also gain house points by completing any lesson or quest but will lose them if the quest is not finished on time.
I personally dislike games that are time based, in which there’s a timer for you to wait for the next quest/activity to start and this game is one of them. As for the main quest, a total bummer because I have to wait! Sometimes up to 7-8 hours! Probably side quests can help? Oh please. It consists of few duels and chit-chatting with random cyphers that are supposed to be your Ron & Hermione. I entered shock again when the duel sessions were just like playing Rock, Paper, Scissors. To play, I must choose between 3 methods to duel, which are, sneaky, defensive and aggressive. Hmm…sounds familiar. The strange and funny thing is during duelling with the NPC or the opponent, they keep on healing themselves even with full health. Just like Google-ing Google. Truly astonishing.