Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Electronic Arts has proved how to make a good use of a character license, offering hours of fun and a magic world to explore.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Shockingly bad voice acting. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  7. 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]
  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. 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.
  10. May EA blight us with more Harry Potter games than our PCs' hard drives can possibly tolerate. [Oct 2009, p.71]
  11. Get ready to fly on brooms, mix reagents in a pot and swing the magic wand… Until you yawn.
  12. Half-hearted port that doesn't excel in any category.
  13. The graphics are low-end, the difficulty lacks challenge. Still: Recommendation for Potter-fans, casual- and young gamers.
  14. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    Thia game is not bad, graphic is ok, battles are ok, but the game is just too easy! . Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2011
    It was an ok game. It looked good, Had good sound effects/sound track as well. The controls suffered a bit and it was hard to aim spells and perform them. Yet the biggest problem of this game was that it lacked content. Yes you could join clubs but most of the time they were over as soon as you started them. The story was insanely short and limited to a small handful of missions. It would have been a lot better had there been more things to do. Full Review »
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    Not that bad, A lot better then the previous game but still needs quite a bit of work. It lacks content and really doesnt justify playing it beyond beating the campaign and clubs. Full Review »