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  • Summary: With the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter fans will experience the magic and peril of Harry's third year at Hogwarts. 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. 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. Potter fans will be able to enjoy a uniquely entertaining gaming experience as the player's image appears on the television screen via the EyeToy camera, enabling them to actually participate in the Mini-Games themselves. Up to four players can compete in a series of Harry Potter themed games offering hours of fun for the entire family. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. The greatest test of a licensed game is to ask yourself if the game would still be compelling without the license and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban passes with flying colors.
  2. Offers a deeper, more mature experience than the previous titles. [July 2004, p.94]
  3. Adds real depth to familiar characters and locations.
  4. 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. If you’ve never seen the draw of Harry Potter, then perhaps this game isn’t for you, although with nothing too complex to get your head around and the ability to out-magic Malfoy and his troop, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban spells more fun than a lot of movie-to-game conversions.
  6. 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]
  7. Lets fans romp through a digital version of the film and offers some decent gameplay along the way, but it doesn’t do much else. Provided that’s all you expect from a licensed game, you won’t be entirely disappointed.

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  1. CraigW.
    May 9, 2004
    I love the way you can switch between characters and do different things with them I also like the plot and especialy the way you can use eye-toy with it. Expand
  2. JohnnyR.
    Apr 22, 2004
    Excellent fun cant belive the incredible graphics. and you can finally play as ron yes oh yes.
  3. Tiffanie
    Oct 16, 2007
    Loves it!! I have to say that this game has to be the best HP game ive played!! I think the idea of being able to switch between each character was excellent. Compared to The Goblet Of Fire its..soo much better..buy this game its deffinately worth it. Expand
  4. JustinC.
    May 10, 2004
    I greatly anticipate its release and also the arrival of the movie.
  5. CallumW.
    Aug 4, 2004
    Bonzer of a game with a fantastically neat touch with EyeToy. Look forward to some new innovation though for GOF - it's due.
  6. BryanG.
    Jan 8, 2005
    I love this game, the best of all!!!!!
  7. May 5, 2014
    this was my favorite out of the games. same explorable world that you get from the first two games, except bigger, more polish and the same fun puzzles with more spells to use. Expand

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