When I read that a release of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 DS was on the horizon, I pre-ordered a copy. I don’t pre-order very often. I was thrilled. I loved Lego: Battles DS and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga. A Lego Harry Potter is going to ROCK, right?
Since the game represents four of Harry’s years at Hogwarts, I’ll give you my top four reasons for not liking this game.
- The controls don’t always work. You think you’re aiming at an enemy and you shoot a wall. I’m pretty proficient in using the stylus on the DS, but it is really difficult to control Harry and the other characters.
- There’s only one character on screen at a time. When you’re controlling Harry, you only see Harry. I liked the two character set up of Lego Star Wars and LEGO Batman DS
. If a character is conversing with you, I’d like to see who is speaking.
- The game difficulty. The game goes from ridiculously easy to ridiculously hard. You can be stuck in one spot for what seems like a long time, but the next six puzzles will be a breeze to solve. There’s no consistency.
- Finally, did I mention controls? I did, well, I’m mentioning them again. Your main control is the stylus. The other buttons do not do much. There’s a lot those buttons in the DS can do. They were utilized for the other Lego games, so I’m not sure why they were neglected here.