Following the success of Pokémon Go, it was only a matter of time before other series would get a mobile game. Harry Potter will even be blessed with two games this year. One of them will be by Niantic, creator of Pokémon Go, which will have people explore the real world. The other one, Hogwarts Mystery was released yesterday. Basically the premise of the game is that you are a first year student attending Hogwarts. While you get to explore the castle, you do already have a reputation. Your brother was expelled from Hogwarts, because he endangered others in his search for mysterious vaults. Undoubtedly it is up to you to unravel this mystery.
You start out by creating your avatar, which you can change throughout the game at all times. To unlock more options, you need to be a higher level or spend coins. When you’ve created your character, you are immediately thrown into the world of Harry Potter, where many adventures await you.
You start the game by entering Diagon Alley, where you meet a girl (if you chose witch) or boy named Rowan. Rowan will become your first friend and will automatically be sorted into the house that you choose.
In Diagon Alley, you must complete small tasks like collecting your books and acquiring your wand. When you go to Ollivander’s, naturally the first wand you pick fails. You then get asked a question and have to complete a wand motion. This will determine what kind of wand you will receive. You have to do the movement with your finger, something that will return many times as you make your way through the game.
Whenever you’ve completed part of the storyline, you can move on to the next chapter. You can also follow lessons that do not have anything to do with the storyline. This is recommended, as it can unlock certain interactions and sometimes you need it to get ahead.
Off to Hogwarts
After completing Diagon Alley, you are sent to Hogwarts where you will just get to choose your house. Rowan will automatically be in the same house as you. Naturally a Slytherin is your enemy and she tries to make things difficult for you as much as she possibly can.
In order to get ahead, you will need to attend lessons or learn new spells. To do so, you will need energy to complete actions. In the end, you will acquire a certain amount of stars. These will determine if you pass a challenge. Every task has a time limit. This can vary from 1 to 3 to 8 hours. In order to continue with the storyline, you sometimes have to wait three hours to unlock the next part. Unless, of course, you cough up gems, which you can buy in the store. While I understand the need to make money, it is kind of off-putting. When I am into a game, I want to be able to keep playing. Only when I am into it, I might be triggered to spend money. But not if I have only played for an hour.
The game looks absolutely stunning and reminds me of the original Harry Potter games I used to play on the PC. The game is not challenging, yet still fun to play. However, a massive downside is the constant demand to pay money to get ahead, or having to wait a long time in order to play. It pretty much makes the game less enjoyable and I think many people will quit because of it. For now, I will keep on playing and write more about the game later on.
Are you playing Hogwarts Mystery?