Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 40
    And a note: there's no reason to pay an extra $5 for the DS version when the GBA version's only lacking repetitive mini-games.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. ArtherB.
    Aug 4, 2006
    A good solid game. I really enjoyed it :-)
  2. SeanC.
    Jan 20, 2006
    Once again, EA is the unfortunate sole holder of a license that actually has fans. And these fans CARE. Now, in the DS, we have the unique advantage of *two* input devices *perfect* for casting spells. Please, dear reader, humor me so that I may not seem so clever. How does one cast a spell in the world of Harry Potter? Yes, that is correct, wand motion and magic words. How might one capture such input and use it in the game? Correct again, a stylus, and a microphone. By no mere coincidence, and in fact, by *design* the DS has both devices. The potential for this game is truly squandered by being a port of the GBA game and not an adventure in which one might actually learn spells and employ them. In fact, crude voice recognition is perhaps better than perfect voice recognition, because of the sensitivity of magic in the books. If you say it wrong, the spell fizzles. While this might annoy a casual player, fans of the books, a group that numbers in the millions, would be thrilled at such an accurate recreation of that aspect. Finally, why does running and jumping have ANYTHING to do with the game? The only part of the game that ought to revolve around anything other than solving puzzles with magic (somewhat like a Myst-style adventure) would be the Broomstick-flying. Oh well, did anyone else expect EA to actually deliver on the potential of this franchise? What was JK Rowling thinking, other than $$$? Full Review »
  3. BarryF.
    Dec 1, 2005
    There is nothing great about this game compared to the GBA version. Why waste money, you buy the GBA version and can play the game on GBA and NDS!