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Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery: Getting Started

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The Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery mobile game by Jam City released globally today, April 25th 2018, after being available in several countries in “soft launch” since earlier this year. The game features original voice acting by the cast of the Harry Potter movie franchises, including Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall.

The game has been published by Portkey Games, a label established by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to create games based on the Harry Potter series of books, making Hogwarts Mystery Portkey’s debut game.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery is not to be confused with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the upcoming Pokemon-Go-like game coming from Niantic and Portkey Games. They’re two different games, the later coming out sometime this year.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery

Your Story: Your Magic

The story of Hogwarts Mystery centers around you as your own student at Hogwarts. You start out as a first year Hogwarts student with an older sibling who caused some trouble in the past at Hogwarts, making things quite awkward for your reputation as you prepare for the Sorting Ceremony.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery takes place between the birth of Harry Potter and before Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts, so while you could consider it a “prequel” of sorts — it’s very much its own story. From the judging stare of Snape, to the magical essence of Dumbledore;s presence; you’ll feel right back in the “magic” if you’re a Harry Potter fan.

You’ll create relationships with other characters during the story, leveling up aspects of your character based on how you react to certain events. Early on, you could choose to stand up to or distract a bully before Potions class, and how you choose to react to that conflict gives you attribute points accordingly.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery

It’ll cost ya…

Energy, that is. Any action in the game requires precious energy. Picking up items, looking through books, progressing through the story missions — all require energy with each tap. Luckily, there are some locations to get free energy every 6 hours, but it’s still not enough to keep you going for long gaming sessions. Prepare for frequent breaks in game play unless you’re ready to pull out that Credit Card.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Wand Guide

After downloading and installing the game, you’ll create your custom character and get set on your first story mission: preparing for Hogwarts. During this mission, you’ll be tasked with getting your Wand from Ollivanders in Diagon Alley. There are 4 different wands you can have in the game, and if you’re a Harry Potter nerd like myself, you’ll want to know what options you have before you choose one you’re stuck with forever.  Here’s a guide on the different options you have, and what response to choose during the Chapter 1 mission to get the wand you want. 

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery

Final Thoughts

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, chances are you’ve already downloaded the game this morning and are playing it anyways. Expect to read some rough reviews from folks not familiar with how most mobile games work (energy systems are evil, etc). While the energy system in this game is quite strict, it’s a good game for quick pick-up-and-play sessions between breaks. Don’t, however, expect to sit down with it for hours and grind non-stop through the story without spending real money.

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One Comment

  1. Live long harry potter fan. Been looking forward to a proper adventure RPG…
    …this is NOT it. This is a re-skinned Kardashian clicker game jam packed with soul sucking time limits and microtransaction requirements.
    Don’t even bother unless they fix it.

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