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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Electronic Arts

The Bottom Line

In general, you can't expect much from a game made from a movie or book. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" shows potential, but in the end proves to be a good game for young gamers and hardcore followers of the Harry Potter series.
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  • high quality graphics
  • good game for younger gamers
  • sound will immerse you in the game


  • very little exploring, game walks you through everything
  • becomes repetitive


  • Play as Harry, Ron and Hermione, change players as the game dictates.
  • Help Harry Potter face the Dementors.
  • Play mini-games while working through the challenges, including: Flying Seahorse fishing & Dueling.
  • Collect Wizard trading cards.
  • Collect beans and pumpkins to fully complete game and buy Wizard trading cards.

Guide Review - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

First off, I haven't seen the movie "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." From what I've heard (and know from previous games), the game does stray from the movie. The game starts out with the Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their way back to school for their 3rd year.

The first mission of finding Ron's mouse is a tutorial that teaches you how the controls. Once you master the controls, the rest of the game is easy to follow. The game doesn't allow you to explore Hogwarts. Instead it walks you through from one challenge to another. This was a big disappoint for me, as I thought the game would require you to actually decide which spell to use, and explore the school looking for trouble. Casting spells is simple to, just point and click. I'm all for some parts of the game to be easy to master, but the simplicity of the game caused me to become bored after a couple hours of gameplay.

The game wasn't a complete disappointment. The graphics were surprisingly impressive and ran smoothly from one scene to another. Between the graphics and audio, if you let the game, it could immerse into the Harry Potter world.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is a good choice for young gamers. After reading and seeing Harry Potter on the big screen, playing the characters will be a treat for fans of the series.

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