As a good fan of the Harry Potter saga , I’ve been pleasantly surprised when Google Play has warned me…
As a good fan of the Harry Potter saga , I’ve been pleasantly surprised when Google Play has warned me that Hogwarts Mystery was already available for download . Excited, I’ve run – metaphorically speaking – to download it and play it on my mobile, and it hurts me in my soul to say that my disappointment has been capitalized . I’ve been playing for a good number of hours, taking notes to bring a more in-depth analysis, but I did not want to miss the opportunity to tell you my first impressions.
The game, framed within the RPG genre, tells the story of … you. You must create a character, personalize it, name it and complete actions . You might think that this would be a challenge, but nothing could be further from reality. The game looked good at first: very real scenarios, a story that seems interesting -I will not do spoilers beyond what is strictly necessary-, learn spells, potions and to fly … but everything changes when you realize that Harry Potter: Mystery Hogwarts could be summarized by pressing repeatedly on the screen . The thing starts to twist.
Character customization screen
The game has all the ballots to be what is commonly known as “sacacuartos” . It’s a famous saga, it’s a free game and, of course, performing actions consumes energy. The rest almost you can imagine, right?
The game smells like micropayments from the moment one, although I did not think it would be so soon.
We are not going to enter history because we leave that for analysis. Yes, I’m going to tell you that you start in Diagon Alley, where you do a little tutorial so you know the mechanics of the game (touch and slide) , you know Rowan, your best friend, and you get your wand. Then You arrive at Hogwarts, choose your home and go to your first classes. The first is “Enchantments”, where you learn the Lumos spell.
You must touch the characters or objects illuminated in blue several times
Here begins the hecatomb. To learn the enchantment you must complete actions, which come to be touch in different illuminated places on the screen : “Observe a partner” (pressing five times on him), “Reflect” (pressing three times on yourself), things like that. Every time you touch you spend an energy point .
You have 24 total points (which increase as you progress), although if you learn a spell or complete a mission it takes 15 touches , then turn off and let’s go. Each point takes four minutes to recover , so in total it takes more than an hour and a half to recover them all (time that also increases as you get more energy points).
Each action gives points, which in turn give stars. Each mission has a certain number of stars and, the more stars, the more energy you must spend.
Then you go to potions, you know your archenemy, and you learn to prepare your first potion. This one comes out perfect (of course, if all you have to do is press different objects on the screen without rhyme or reason), but this girl plays it for you and makes your cauldron explode . You lose points from your house (Ravenclaw in my case) and return to your common room. There is a letter waiting for you, signed by Snape, the potions professor, who says that If you want to recover the points you must take a slug boat from a warehouse.
Go to the site (Do not think you have to look for it, it’s just a push of a button) and you stay locked in a room where there is a Devil’s Bow (a murderous plant that protects the Philosopher’s Stone in the first movie). Here you have to do different actions, and well, you run out of energy points.
Now you have two options: wait 20 minutes for you to recharge enough to move forward or use 55 diamonds (I, at this time, had six) . How much should you pay for them? Well or three packs of 25 to 0.99 euros each or a pack of 130 for 4.99 euros. 15 minutes it has taken the game to want to charge me.
Price of micropayments
After waiting half an hour I can continue with the story. After a long dialogue, the flight classes arrive, in which you learn to use the broom “reflecting”, “observing” and “thinking” (that is, touching the screen). You complete the phase without greater difficulty, but in the next you have to go through the box again or wait to advance , as you run out of energy again . Come on, in the end you spend more time waiting than playing.
Failing to analyze it further, my first impressions are ominous . I do not want to say that the game does not have to have micropayments, since the developers must earn money in some way, but I think the game is “over the top”. The scenarios are great, the best known characters are very successful, but the game does not offer you a challenge, it is not complicated, and is focused on you end up going through the box 100% . Try it and judge for yourself.
Google Play | Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
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