Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Controlling with a gamepad is so much easier to move and aim spells. I would go as far as saying that it is a must.
  2. The game changes a few of the things Harry fans have come to expect from the games, and though aimed at a younger audience, Harry fans will find a lot to like in the game.
  3. Quotation forthcoming. [Mar 2006]
  4. It's a worthwhile platforming experience for hardcore Potter fans, but some may be put off by all the collection quests and backtracking.
  5. 72
    The game's not perfect. There are some camera issues. Some AI issues. And I really would have preferred to have more control over spells. But it still arrives as a solid entry to the series. Kids will probably like it a lot.
  6. The linear nature of the gameplay ensures that you will be forced into the various scenes as the director and developer intended. The puzzles and mini-games are fun but they are like eating candy floss; there's not much nourishment.
  7. A solid action game, however for the discerning gamer it's not something that really stands up next to it's film and book namesakes.
  8. It may have dumbed down the puzzles a bit, but what’s there is a solid lump of gameplay.
  9. A remarkably solid and substantial game. Certainly no one should be ashamed of owning it or giving it as a gift this yuletide.
  10. Somewhat annoyingly, the game often requires you to tackle each level a multiple number of times in order to collect items such as shields before the next area is unlocked.
  11. 60
    A mostly average button masher that has the good luck of being associated with the hottest kids' property to come along in years.
  12. Good for Potter addicts, but bad controls bog it down. [Jan 2005, p.103]
  13. The highlight is a brief but thrilling broomstick chase against a fire-breathing dragon. An underwater interlude is less successful, although it provides variety.
  14. Seasoned gamers will find very little of interest here, regardless of how massive a Harry Potter fan you are (personally I love the books and the films).
  15. There is essentially nothing about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that is any fun at all. I know this sounds harsh, but in my professional opinion, there is no excuse for a company like EA to have done such an uninspired and lackluster job with this franchise title.
  16. Save your money, fellow muggles: it's best spent elsewhere. [Mar 2006, p.102]

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