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SOMEONE SAW THE LIGHT

ell, call me one shocked reviewer! This surprising little GBA game has achieved a major milestone in my book – it has changed my grumpy attitude towards Potter games entirely. While this RPG has some annoyances, its amusement factor is hard to deny.

Like the book it’s based on, this entry covers the dark storyline of Harry finding out more about his parents’ murder, the escape of a dangerous convict, and the fact that our boy wizard has some baggage to deal with. In those regards, this game carries the more mature themes with style and tight storytelling. The gameplay mirrors this by requiring precision item management and upgrades for each party member. Azkaban’s battle strategy and party arrangements (all three friends will be switched between every possible configuration during the course of gameplay) forces players to be thoughtful and strategic. This, my dear RPG junkies, is a good thing for all of us.

On the other hand, small annoyances break up the experience and stop it from being the end-all of the RPG handheld market. For example, when purchasing items, you can’t tell who can use them and what they really do. There are other instances of making some menu structures harder than they need to be, but despite these issues, I still am happy to finally find a true Potter game that I can really get behind.

  

MATT HELGESON   7.75

After playing all the various console version of Harry’s Hogwarts adventures, the prospect of playing a Potter licensed GBA game was not very appealing. However, this is actually the best of the lot – a nicely done, if slightly rudimentary RPG that actually makes use of the Potter universe’s myriad magical spells, items, and potions. The turn-based battles require a bit of strategy, and I also like how each character has unique attributes and abilities. This should please Potter fans reared on Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh.

8
CONCEPT:
Take the wizardly Scooby Squad through their third year of Hogwarts – RPG style
GRAPHICS:
Large sprites and nice particle effects for the battle system make this a standout
SOUND:
Eh. Take it or leave it, like most handheld titles
PLAYABILITY:
The battles involve a lot of strategy, and item management is key, but other areas of the title need a little tuning
ENTERTAINMENT:
Why all Potter games aren’t RPGs is still beyond me. This is the best entry for the franchise on any system
REPLAY:
High