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6th Day of Christmas


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Out:�15 November | Format:�GBA | Price:��30 | Developer:�Eurocom | Publisher:�EA | Special features:�Cube link-up | Other formats:�GBC, PSone, PS2, Xbox, Cube, PC | Players:�1
[12/11/2002:�10:35]
Back to school... Harry Potter returns for his second year at Howarts. GamesMaster dodges the dungbombs
Floo
Harry uses Floo powder to get to Diagon Alley. At least, that's where he was meant to be going
Harry Potter's Lumos trick would be fantastic for GBA. One flick of the wand and everything would light up and you wouldn't fall down holes you couldn't see, like you did in the ridiculously dark Philosopher's Stone.

But one of the best things about The Chamber of Secrets (apart from Quidditch) isn't Harry's wand, it's his invisibility cloak. Slip it on and you'll turn into a skilful sneaker as you avoid prefects at night and search for hidden items. Now this might sound simple in the book but in this GBA adventure your cloak loses its powers after about 30 seconds, so you have to leg it past the teachers to make it through the rooms.

No cloak? Then you’ll have to use the B button to creep around and hide behind curtains before legging it. Or lob a dungbomb (purchased from Fred and George’s Shop) to create a particularly stinky diversion.

You’ll really get to know all of Hogwarts’ seven floors, secret passages and alcoves as you sneak up the stairs, slap enemies with a meaty blast of Flipendo, before clearing cobwebs and finding more magic tricks. Unlike in the PSone Potter, there is an enemy lurking behind every door and you’ll really have to get your Flipendo going to earn some new magic powers.

Admittedly, some of the tasks are a touch too easy, and it gets a bit repetitive, but it’s not as head bangingly frustrating as The Philosopher’s Stone on the GBA and if you, like me, love the books, sneaking around Hogwarts on GBA is magic.
Verdict: 81%


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