Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is hands down the best Lego game created to date. Those familiar with Lego games would expect to find a pretty good game that mostly caters to younger audiences. But not this one! Although it is not super hard, the game does provide a challenge. I had a tough time with certain parts.
The length of the game is very good, and it is quite amazing to experience the depth that Lego Harry Potter gets into. The world of Harry Potter is evident in every aspect of this game. For example, in Diagon Alley, you can replay levels and buy new characters. Plus, during the main levels, you can take a class to learn a new spell or create a new potion to make a character stronger.
Each year consists of approximately six levels that highlight the main points associated with each year. The action is non-stop; however, there are “cut scenes” that fill in the gaps if a player needs a little help understanding exactly what’s going on. As in every Lego game, there are little Lego “studs” that can be collected to fill one’s True Wizard level. In this game, other collectibles include “super kits,” along with red and gold bricks. This, in turn, provides a player with a great way to show off each new spell, because to get certain studs or to collect the Hogwarts crests, either a single spell or a set of spells must be used. Lastly, the high point of this game is hands down the character list and customization. A total of 167 characters must be found and bought, and each character exhibits certain abilities that come in handy when performing specific tasks. The “free play” mode is also helpful, especially when a True Wizard or a House Crest can be obtained to complete a level.
Overall, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a great game and I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of age, who loves adventure, Harry Potter, and a little “Lego” sense of humor!