Developer: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Price: $4.99 Download on the App Store
The Lego Harry Potter saga for iOS that began with years 1-4 continues with the much anticipated release of Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7. Follow the Boy Who Lived and collect studs and character chips as Harry and his friends defeat He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named for the final time. With much of the same gameplay and graphics as the first half of the story, Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 does not disappoint, but the backend of the two-part saga begins with a slight makeover of game controls and interface.
In case you’ve missed the Harry Potter Lego games on any screen all together, rest assured that the iOS version, all-be-it different from console versions, still offers a complete game with both story and free play modes. Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 closely follows the story line through the major events that concluded with the defeat of Lord Voldemort. Fans of the first four years won’t be disappointed, but may be surprised to learn that the controls and use of spells has changed a bit. For the better or the worse is a matter of opinion, but with such a detailed game with multiple functions, it would be almost impossible not to have a clunk or two in the design of a touchscreen game of this magnitude.
Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 is the conclusion of the story Lego style. The characters are still communicating in their mute mumblings and grumblings and objects and items still glow when they can be interacted with. The biggest switch between the first four years and the final ones is the controls. While the first version had its fair share of complaints with regards to the awkwardly placed D-pad, the second version reverts to joystick-esque controls that are seemingly improved. The spell-switching task is a bit different too, and cumbersome on the iPhone, making iPad the superior device for optimal playing. Nonetheless, for five bucks any iOS device will satisfy the Lego game craving.
There are 25 different achievements and leaderboard bragging rights included with Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7. If you’ve never played any version of Lego Harry Potter regardless of platform, be prepared – this is a time-consuming and often challenging game. The one thing you must sacrifice when playing the iOS version is the multi-player mode. Yet it’s hard to deny that whether it’s Star Wars, Batman or Harry Potter, there is something oh-so-endearing about the Lego game franchise and since Harry Potter is the only one to make the leap from console to iOS, the “boy who lived” moniker is truly earned.
Whether you’re new to Lego games or a long-standing fan, Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 for iOS is an excellent conclusion to the story and is just as much fun as its predecessor, which is equally worthy. Whilst we all wait for Lego Lord of the Rings to debut on all the major gaming consoles, Lego Harry Potter remains the only real Lego gaming option for iOS. But at least it’s a good option.