Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban GameCube

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. A brainteaser with some action thrown in, Prisoner of Azkaban is similar to games like "The Lost Vikings." Only this time it's 3D and the level of difficulty is a few notches lower to cater to a general audience.
  2. Cheat Code Central
    70
    It's not unplayable but it will require more work than necessary to compensate for the shoddy technical flaws.
  3. It’s a pleasant experience, though. Not as good as Zelda, but the Harry Potter-sauce surely lifts it above average.
  4. 70
    The combat difficulty level is forgiving, and the game guides you through the puzzles with helpful clues and hints from the other characters. Less experienced gamers -- who, let's face it, are really the ones the game is aimed at -- will find its light touch very rewarding.
  5. Whilst the team-play system is superbly implemented and the animations have been greatly improved, the game still lacks in originality and any real challenge.
  6. Fans of the books and films will enjoy the chance to explore the Hogwarts grounds and do things like ride Buckbeak the hippogriff and collect all of the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, but there's not a lot in this game to appeal to your average Muggle.
  7. The game is very linear and hopefully one day the EA team will expand this title with a bit more freedom.
  8. I wish I could say that Prisoner of Azkaban was a bold new start for the series. It's not, but this is a significantly better game than either of the previous two entries. [July 2004, p.111]
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    65
    A simple, solid adventure with smart puzzles and high production values, but it leads its junior wizards through every baby step. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  10. 65
    While it's true that things have improved, that doesn't mean it's suddenly a great game. While the downplaying of the storyline does help streamline the game, it also makes your goals seem a little disconnected and random.
  11. 60
    Feels sloppy, especially on GameCube and PlayStation 2. The framerate is unpredictable. There are control and lock-on issues. There are artificial intelligence oversights. And there are some collision detection problems.
  12. 60
    Let the kids have their fun. Just play it a little once the kids have gone to bed.
  13. 60
    It ticks a number of very basic and previously-defined boxes with unbending efficiency, throwing in a few commendable moments of surprising fun, drenched in the usual superficial fineries (the visuals, recognisable characters, plotlines, set-pieces, et al) with which many an EA game has plied its trade in the past.
  14. netjak
    50
    The aural aspects are equally uninspiring. While there is nothing wrong with them, they are simply not very impressive at all.
  15. The Gamecube version of Prisoner of Azkaban features a few mini-games that can be played as bonus activities as well as the ability to hook up a GBA and take care of a pet owl, which is not very fun. Compared to the PS2's EyeToy games, the extras here are pretty thin.

Awards & Rankings

#65 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2004
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ap
    May 7, 2005
    0
    boring!!!! this game is simply poor.
  2. CarrollA.
    Aug 1, 2004
    9
    This game was a lot of fun. It's on the easy side, but that's ok. Not everyone needs a very difficult game to feed their egos. You This game was a lot of fun. It's on the easy side, but that's ok. Not everyone needs a very difficult game to feed their egos. You get to play all 3 characters since each one acquires different abilities to complete objectives. I would have given it a 10 if it hadn't abbreviated so much of the plot from the book. Besides that, if you're a Harry Potter fan, this game should be fun for you and your kids. Full Review »