Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
Buy On
  1. Electronic Arts has proved how to make a good use of a character license, offering hours of fun and a magic world to explore.
  2. 75
    It's not groundbreaking and it's not the most engaging experience in the world, but there is something fun about dropping worms into a cauldron and desperately looking for 150 hidden crests.
  3. Nice open world approach for fans. Aged graphics, ugly cutscenes and an unprecise handling however make it hard to appreciate the good sound and music and the nice atmosphere.
  4. A fun movie tie-in game, and it certainly lives up to what is expected of it. Although it isn’t terribly long or deep, it will give fans of the series some solid gameplay , and it certainly isn’t too challenging for younger fans who might want to play it.
  5. The graphics are low-end, the difficulty lacks challenge. Still: Recommendation for Potter-fans, casual- and young gamers.
  6. Half-hearted port that doesn't excel in any category.
  7. Beginners will have fun playing the game, more experienced players will be more challenged by the imprecise controls than by the opponents. Technically the game is years behind the competition.
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is to a certain degree pretty enjoyable but it simply never attempts to try anything special with the universe to which it is connected. It's absolutely not horrible and the true fans will definitely enjoy it but we hope the next game contains a bit more 'magic'.
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will give fans some enjoyment, but it doesn't offer much challenge and the story is told in a lackluster way. However, the game's visual presentation is impressive and the offered mini-games are fun to play.
  10. Get ready to fly on brooms, mix reagents in a pot and swing the magic wand… Until you yawn.
  11. PC Zone UK
    58
    May EA blight us with more Harry Potter games than our PCs' hard drives can possibly tolerate. [Oct 2009, p.71]
  12. PC Gamer UK
    55
    Shockingly bad voice acting. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  13. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    50
    A great disappointment is this Poor-Blood Prince. Typical appendage to a blockbuster movie which has no ambitions other than to be on shelves on time before Potter-mania expires. An average game in all aspects. [Aug 2009]
  14. PC Format
    46
    At times, it feels like "Dead Ringers the Game," with a load of people doing not-quite accurate impressions while looking rather unlike the real actors. [Sept 2009, p.98]
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 3, 2016
    7
    Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
    A repetitive wizard experience
    IF you’ve seen the movie or read the book you know what to expect
    Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
    A repetitive wizard experience
    IF you’ve seen the movie or read the book you know what to expect story wise.. I having done neither didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and was ultimately disappointed in the overall delivery.
    The feel of this game starts out great, youre slowly introduced to the mechanics of the game in a way that never feels like a tutorial..
    The entirety of the game take place at Hogwarts…
    You feel like youre just a student..
    You run around solving the problems of other students and dealing with bullies…
    You can also collect crests and wiggle your wand at shiny things until a bunch of mini crests come out.
    As of course you would expect from wand wiggling.
    This is a wizards school so the stair cases move as you move, so going out on your own could get a little confusing, luckily you have a guide in the form of nearly headless nick
    with the press of a button, he will appear and lead your to your next objective..
    This is the most clever way to help the player progress that ive ever seen…
    All of this is great..
    You get to make potions by quickly following recipes, you get to duel with your wand, you get to play quidditch and you get to do these 3 things over and over and over…
    The entire story is I need to make this potion, bring it back to whoever but on your way someone stops you to duel,
    Dueling can be pretty fun the first couple times, but I feel like the spells are not nearly as responsive as they should be which can lead to a couple of frustrating losses, and in between this dueling and potion making you have to play a pass through the rings game of quiddich,
    much like dueling, this is fun for the first few times, luckily missing a ring doesn’t fail you like it would in any other game, but I found it hard at times to see whats going on with the sun shining in my eyes like rihanna.
    The story here though is of course figuring out who the half blood prince is, who owned the recipe book that harry potter now has…
    This story will slide in all of your favorite characters, but the ending lacked any punch in what could have been a very sad moment..
    It felt rushed and all over the place lacking any true emotion from me or the characters…
    This game has some potentially great things going for it… the magic of harry potter is here…
    its just doesn’t do enough different throughout your 4 hour journey.
    I give Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince a 6.5/10
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  2. Jul 9, 2015
    6
    The only somewhat decent game in the series after the first three ones.
    Probably the best Hogwarts castle in the whole series that is fun to
    The only somewhat decent game in the series after the first three ones.
    Probably the best Hogwarts castle in the whole series that is fun to explore.
    However, all (and I mean ALL) resolutions of plot points in this game are only solved by three means, either a duel, potion making or a flying sequence. All three mini games are surprisingly good and that's why the game is better than the fifth one, nevertheless, you'll still get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. However, instead of quitting after 5 members of DA like in OotP, I actually almost finished this game before it became way too tedious for me.
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  3. Jan 20, 2014
    8
    Thia game is not bad, graphic is ok, battles are ok, but the game is just too easy!Thia game is not bad, graphic is ok, battles are ok, but the game is just too easy! . Full Review »