Harry Potter fans, rejoice! It’s been nearly three weeks since Hogwarts Mystery came out and like any other Potterhead out there, I have the game downloaded on my devices, and I’m currently making my way through the game.
But let’s be honest: getting the letter is the most important part right?!
Let’s talk about Hogwarts Mystery for a moment.
This game is probably one of the biggest mobile games to be hyped for since it was announced sometime last year. Created by Jam City, Hogwarts Mystery takes us to the Wizarding World before Harry comes to Hogwarts, and before Lord Voldemort takes action for world domination (probably just casually working behind the scenes, no big deal to him).
But before we get into the thoughts about the game, here’s the official trailer: Hogwarts Mystery is currently available on both Android and Apple.
The Good Parts
I am relatively picky about the games I play on my phone and iPad. Aside from Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire (even that one I’m only playing for the friends on there, not the game itself), Hogwarts Mystery is the only other game that I’ve played relatively often since launch. The storyline is intriguing and I love being able to cast spells, create my own avatar, etc. etc. Honestly, Jam City did a really good job creating the game and bringing the Wizarding World to life here. The graphics are as good as can be considering the platform that it is on, which is a plus.
Currently, I’m making my way through First Year as a Ravenclaw – I’m also first on the leaderboards for house cup and Ravenclaw, last I checked, is first (not at the beginning when I took the above screenshot). Go Ravenclaw! #HousePride Also go me because I’m ambitious.
But what if you’re playing Slytherin?
One thing I’m really curious about is playing as a Slytherin. Like Harry in the books, we’ve got a Slytherin named Merula who will work to make our lives miserable at Hogwarts from the first day. Most of my friends are Ravenclaw with a few as Hufflepuffs, and they have all confirmed the storyline is the same. Considering some of the cons of the game, however, it wouldn’t be surprising if the storyline is the same regardless of what house you’re in.
Random screenshot of awesome
At least, I hope it’s awesome!
While Hogwarts Mystery is one of the few mobile games I enjoy playing, there are still a few things that I think the game could improve on to be made even better.
It’s a lonely, lonely world
The new Harry Potter game is a long and lonely journey with you, yourself and you, and me, myself and I. There’s no friending other players – only the characters who are a part of the storyline: Rowan, Ben, Penny, etc. Personally, without the other elements in the game (the storyline mainly), I wouldn’t be playing the game because it is so boring when I can’t talk to my friends and have to switch in and out just to talk to them. That, of course, is one of the only reasons why I’m continuing to play FFXVANE.
Pay to advance
You start out the game with very little energy as the cap (23), though for each flying lesson you complete, you gain one more energy to cap (so far). It takes four minutes to regain one energy back, and as you progress in the game, some actions make you run out of energy very quickly.
Jam City tries to rectify this a little by having secret surprises that you can click on to get a free energy, with up to 5-6 spots as a First Year. Most players will find themselves stuck early on in the game with the Devil’s Snare, and it won’t take long to realize to advance in this game quickly, you’ll have to spend quite a bit of money for gems to buy energy or have a lot of patience to wait it out. All of that adds up over time though.
Consistency issues and plot holes?
Several reviewers across various outlets have mentioned there are consistency issues and plot holes that Jam City will need to fix ASAP, including some of the choices that are chosen. Whether that will happen in the next update, however, is yet to be certain. We shall see when the time comes.