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  • Summary: For the first time gamers will play as friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger as well as Harry Potter, switching between characters and utilizing their key attributes and skills to resolve challenges and overcome enemies. The three friends will need to combine their strengths and master a variety of new spells as they face Harry's most terrifying opponents yet: the escaped convict Sirius Black and the Dementors, the sinister guards of Azkaban prison. From the opening scene on the Hogwarts Express to the climatic finale on the shore of the great lake at Hogwarts, the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban videogame will immerse players in the magical world of Harry Potter. Players will unravel the mystery surrounding Sirius Black and his escape from the infamous wizard prison Azkaban, as they take part in the most exciting and challenging Harry Potter videogame adventure yet. Gamers will encounter a host of new characters and creatures, engage in a variety of sub-quests, fly on a Hippogriff, reveal the secrets of the Marauder's Map, and take on their friends in multiple two-player challenges. [Electroinc Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. It is easy enough for a kid to master and offers enough depth for adults to enjoy.
  2. Assorted reference devices, including the handy Marauder’s Map as well as shields and character cards to collect, add a little more depth to the action. The game remains faithful to the spirit of the book, but it is perhaps a little too linear and predictable.
  3. Adds real depth to familiar characters and locations. Gamers not used to the Hogwarts world may still be impressed by the novel approach to the gameplay, the magical graphics and the well-balanced learning curve.
  4. 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.
  5. Harry’s third PC outing falls short with simplistic easy gameplay and won’t hold fans’ attention for too long.
  6. 60
    The fact that the game actually requires you to backtrack through certain areas to collect all the cards and beans you can find merely indicates that the developers hoped to prolong the experience of playing without necessarily have to worry about adding new content.
  7. With very little effort Harry Potter the Prisoner of Azkaban can be finished in a single evening which indeed stands out as a serious drawback. Once you complete it, chances are slim that you'll want to try the whole thing again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. MeganM.
    Jul 2, 2006
    10
    This game was wicked!Totally brilliant! I'm actually on the last day right now... i dont want the game to end! so much fun though! I still need to find 4 dragon wizard cards before i find them all! Expand
  2. JohnS.
    Jul 20, 2004
    10
    Totally brilliant!!! If you have enjoyed playong the other two games get this one now!!!!!
  3. F.G.
    May 19, 2004
    9
    I loved it! I got it out early, because my friend was a key programmer, and i beat it in the first week!
  4. Mar 8, 2013
    7
    These games just keep getting better and better. There was a solid graphics overhaul from the second gme which drastically improved the game. I felt that this game was a little bit too short, but it was very fun. It is probably the nicest looking of the three, but the game itself is too short. Expand
  5. Jul 5, 2012
    6
    A decent game, but a disappointment compared to its predecessors. (and unfortunately, that downward trend would continue with the series in the future.) Incredibly short- a few hours should do the trick- and not challenging in the least. Worthwhile if you're a fan, but don't expect too much. Expand
  6. ThiagoB.O.
    Jun 14, 2004
    5
    If you're expecting some RPG elements you won't like this game. You are not free to choose wich spell to cast or play only 1 character, you gotta keep switching from harry to harmonie to ron etc... Spells are very very limited .. I think there are only 4 or 5 spells TOTAL. I finished the game in less than 1 day and what can I say ... I spent most of the time collecting beans and cards. It would take only 1 hour to finish the game if you cut all the bullshit off. And what was that BUNNY transforming spell.. jesus.... Seriously .. dont waste your time.. the only fun thing is Ron's voice. Expand
  7. eagameseagames
    Sep 15, 2004
    1
    I had problems getting my microsoft joystick to work with this game (on PC). So I contacted eagames help. They told me that it is simply not compatable with game controllers on PCs. A bit pathetic I think. Particularly after the problems before with XP incompatability with Philosopher's Stone and given the clear profits to be made with the Harry Potter games franchise, I think it's about time EAgames got their act together. Expand

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