Harry Potter: Spells – Review
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2009-11-15
Price: 2.99User Rating:
UPDATE: A new version of the Harry Potter: Spells app is available for free and can be downloaded here. However, as a warning, in this version downloading spells (including some new ones) costs extra.
There are scads of wand-based magic spell fighting apps in the App Store, but this one is a little different for a few reasons: first, there’s a major brand name behind it (in fact, it’s the one that made wands and spells popular again in the 21st century) and second, it doesn’t look like it was coded by someone in their office during their free time. Also, there is the $4.99 price which is a little high for wand-fighting apps, but you must pay for quality.
And quality it is! The graphics and superb and I even like the sound effects and use of the Harry Potter theme in the menu (although that can be turned off in the Options menu). When first run, the Sorting Hat even appears to choose your house for you. Sadly, there seems to be no way to change your house once you confirm your initial selection.
It works very simply. Holding the iPhone or iPod Touch in the palm of your hand, you keep your thumb on the touchscreen and move it around in certain shapes to throw spells. Using WiFi or Bluetooth, it’s possible to have a spell-fight with others having the same app.
The most frustrating issue I have with the program is that no matter how much I slide my thumb, I can’t seem to throw a spell. Sometimes I get lucky and throw a Petrificus Totalus, but I can never figure out how.
The graphics are top-notch and it’s a must-have if your kid is a Harry Potter fan. I just hope he or she can figure out how to use it more easily than I could.
Would I Buy Again:Probably. If not for myself then for my kids.
Who Is It For:People who like to duel that are Harry Potter fans.
What I Like:Top-notch graphics and sound.
What I Don't Like:Difficult to cast spells due to unresponsive screen. Can't change user or house after initial selection.
Final Statement:An excellent investment for any Harry Potter fan.
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