LEGO Harry Potter game: Hogwarts
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LEGO Harry Potter game: Hogwarts
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Collecting homework might sound like a dull challenge, but where there’s a Harry Potter connection, there’s a fun game! LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts is designed to be played by a wide cross-section of ages and is a superb LEGO game for the family to play together.
The game and gameplay
Players in this game are in a race to collect items to complete their homework and head back to the starting common area. They must navigate the Hogwarts shifting staircases and secret passages represented by small square path pieces. To many, it might sound like so simple a game where the first player to return to the common room wins. Well it would be if the paths don’t keep changing each time a player rolls the die.
The game assembles like any other LEGO set. It may take a while, but it is part of the enjoyment of using this toy. The LEGO 3D playing board is bright and artful, and the tower sitting in the middle of the Hogwarts grounds gives it a great look compared to any other traditional flat board.
The real fun challenge begins once all of the pieces are in place. The game itself obviously has a Harry Potter theme, but doesn’t require any knowledge of the book or movie in order to play.
There are multiple stairways, four classrooms and four sets of homework. The game is centered on the task of collecting all pieces of homework from each of the classrooms and then returning to their common rooms. The first player who managed to gather all four pieces of his homework back to his common room is the winner of the game.
This is how the board sets up in LEGO Harry Potter game: Hogwarts
What makes the game even more challenging is the fact that all the rooms move each time a player rolls the die, so a path set by one player can totally change by the time it’s his turn again.
One gets an option to rotate or slide the rooms/stairs in order to make things difficult to other players. However, this can lead to some difficulties for younger players. Luckily, the game allows multiple rule changes to decrease the difficulty of play. To add more challenge to adults on the other hand, the die can be manipulated, which encourages changing and adding rules to make the game more complex.
Pros and cons
As a LEGO set alone, this is already a pretty good toy, even more so when there is a Harry Potter theme to play with.
The building experience is purely fun and entertaining.
Amazon customers said their kids LOVED it!
The game is easily adaptable and comes with different levels of complexity, so it can grow with your child. It is also perfectly usable as a Harry Potter LEGO toy set.
This game has some educational value too.
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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts is a thought- provoking, strategy game that stimulates planning, imagination, and creativity. Though primarily designed for kids, adults will surely enjoy this exceptionally playable game as well.
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