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Harry Potter: Magic Awakened Review – Suddenly Great Game

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Mobile games based on Harry Potter are so superficial and donated that it would be better if they did not exist. There is also a bad rumor about Chinese publishers, they say they only make mindless gachas. So, Harry Potter: Magic Awakened destroys all foundations and gives as much emotion as Diablo Immortal after the alpha test. Yes, from the start I show my cards and praise this game. For the sake of simplicity of experiment, I will divide the good and bad moments into two houses: Gryffindor and Slytherin. They will gain or lose points. Let’s see who takes the Hogwarts Cup.

Let’s take a briefing: Magic Awakened is a card game not to be confused with Hearthstone and Gwent. That is, if in projects from Blizzard and CD Projekt, unit battles on the battlefield are in the foreground, then the new Harry Potter is more about the lamp universe of wizards, traveling through it and collecting legendary cards. And all this is wrapped in such a layer of fan service that fans of Harry Potter will not leave offended.

Plot

Let me tell you a secret – in Magic Awakened we play as a new student. The customization is stripped down, and the character comes out painfully feminine. Hagrid arrives for us and issues a message … no, not to court, but to Hogwarts. Then we go to Diagon Alley, where we buy a wand from Ollivander and an owl. Then comes a sea of ​​cutscenes with the nine and three quarters platform, arrival at Hogwarts and faculty selection. Yes, McGonagall is the headmaster and one of the teachers is himself Neville Longbottom… In general, “it takes a long time to explain”, so it’s better to watch our video with Russian translation of these cut-scenes.

Choosing a faculty is easy, because the choice is yours. Friends of our hero will also go there. After the ceremony, freshmen are settled in dormitories, by the way, you can choose whom to add to your place. It seems like there is a strict division into bedrooms for boys and girls, so choose your gender wisely. Next comes the learning process itself and almost real life at Hogwarts, so let’s move on to the gameplay, but let’s not forget to give points to the faculties:

10 points to Gryffindor and 20 points to Slytherin. Everything would be fine, but in the Potions lesson you could not tell the recipe for Polyjuice Potion. Better not to forget the tutorial next time.

Game process

Your first lecture will be on enchantment, where Flitwick will talk about the Wingardium Leviosa spell. You know you don’t have to say LevyOsa, and Leviosa? So, the professor will tell the students the story of Harry’s fight with the troll in the toilet. This is where the basic card gameplay begins. See, you have mana and a few cards in hand with a cooldown. Instead of taking turns, we spam on rollback, but there is a strategy. For example, a troll is coming at you, which needs to be slowed down and even stunned, and not just damage it. The sooner you lay it down, the more valuable the rewards, among them potions and even cards with a defeated enemy.

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Remember when I said that in Magic Awakened, battles are not all about cards? I tell you: we can still run out of the poisonous zone and even summon minions. And not all battles are purely plot-based, because then optional lessons with real players open up. You need to move between locations on a broomstick, which raises the question: “When were Hogwarts students free to fly around the school grounds?” But away from doubts, after all, further fights with other students await us.

Dueling club

And now, finally, let’s talk about the PvP mode. In the Dueling Club, fights take place in solo, duo or trio. We are allowed into a small Arena, where we spam spells, dodge AoE attacks and burn emoji. Despite the fact that it seems like wizards have to “measure with sticks”, basically we summon minions and run back into the background. At the same time, no one bothers to hammer enemy mobs with a regular attack, slow them down or buff their own.

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It’s cool that you can even summon Hagrid, who arrives on his motorcycle and acts as a kind of tank that takes damage on itself. Is this even legal? During duels, by the way, you can communicate via voice chat, and loot boxes are given out for a series of victories and the rank is raised. In general, the mode is cool, the fights last about 3-4 minutes, and there is no clear winner until the very end.

Quidditch

Before entering the Dueling Club, you can fly to the Quidditch field and fly a few rings, just like in the first game for PC and PlayStation 1. Well, remember where else Hagrid was suspiciously concerned. “Come inside Harry, dry him!” Quidditch is another PvP mode for six players, three on each team. Of course, before the start, they flaunt their brooms, they say: “Look how rich my parents are. You don’t have one. ”

This is probably the only first-person mode. We are both a catcher and a hunter at the same time. In fact, this is a runner where you have to dodge the beaters, fly along the “accelerating lanes”, kick the Quaffle into one of the three rings and, if you’re lucky, catch the Snitch before the enemy team.

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Dark forest

Now let’s talk about PvE content in the face of the Dark Forest. It can be played both solo and with friends. Despite the fact that you cannot go to this forest, all the “movement” takes place there. For example, some magician attacks a centaur or even a dragon. All this is done in the form of a chain of events, where we choose exactly where to go and what to do. Sometimes you can not only stumble upon a fight, but also find a companion. He buffs your deck and sometimes even gives abilities like teleportation.

Honorable mention

Also in Magic Awakened, you can dance at the ball. To do this, you go up to a boy or girl and invite them to dance. In fact, the dance consists of QTE-moments, where you just need to tap on the screen while you are playing. However, you can select different records, provided that you unlock them first. You can also join guilds. They have a separate room for parties and events. In general, I can give Gryffindor 30 points, Slytherin – 25. This is so that the followers of Godric Gryffindor do not become arrogant, because a real test awaits them ahead.

Donat

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Now let’s talk about what Gryffindor will definitely not receive points for – in-game purchases. Magic Awakened did not include ads, which is normal for licensed or large games. But if you need Malfoy’s emotions or rare cards, then you are welcome, there would be yuan. For example, for only 68 rubles you will be given that very epic card with Hagrid on a motorcycle, an owl and one ticket for the call. Want to bend over in PvP? Pray for random, pick up crumbs or deposit money. Well, where without a battle pass. For all this, Slytherin gets 50 points, simply because I like the color green and the bad guys.

Verdict

Harry Potter: Magic Awakened is a true gem of the mobile industry. Despite the internal flaw in the face of the donat, the Chinese have again proved that it is possible to make games with taste for people as well. Yes, even if over time the gameplay will move into the farming of rare spells, but NetEase managed to convey the magical atmosphere of Hogwarts and bring Harry Potter fans closer to the dream of a cherished letter from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And in the end, let’s see which faculty will receive the Hogwarts Cup. Ready? Drumroll. Gryffindor! It turns out that while we were in pairs, Harry and his gang saved the world again. What a twist!

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