Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
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  1. The game across all systems is a solid effort, a little problems in each department manages to pull the game down however.
  2. Half-Blood Prince is fun but too short.
  3. Games Master UK
    A decent recreation of the film's unfriendly plot. There's just not enough here to truly satisfy. [Aug 2009, p.80]
  4. It's fun while it lasts but at just four hours long, it's far, far too short. EA, you are a lazy bunch.
  5. It’s just a shame that this feels more like a continuation rather than a fully-fledged enhancement.
  6. This latest Harry Potter game is fun enough, but isn't that wonderful a gaming experience. It is pretty easy, and is probably best enjoyed by people who just want to relish the world of Hogworts.
  7. I can say that I was happy to see a noticeable improvement over Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix. Still, the lack of variety and depth in terms of the activities offered by the game and the speed in which you could run through it (around 5 hours) makes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the Wii a worth checking-out but not necessarily a must-own game.
  8. Concocting potions and humiliating dark wizards is fun for a while, but once the novelty is gone, Hogwarts loses all of its magic.
  9. Targeted at the younger audience, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a decent game overall, but it doesn’t live up to the potential and grandeur of the Harry Potter legacy.
  10. Half-hearted port that doesn't excel in any category.
  11. The Half-Blood Prince isn’t worth buying at full price for any system; five hours is far too short, especially for a game this repetitive.
  12. Recommended only for serious Harry Potter fans, or seriously bored kids.
  13. Harry Potter and the Half Blooded Prince is what you might expect from an average tie-in, if not a little bit less: it's aimed only at harcore fans, and yet it could disappoint because of the shallowness of the plot and the poor cutscenes.
  14. There's little to no challenge present throughout the entire game, the story only makes sense if you already know the plot and there's a lack of things to do outside of the three main gameplay mechanics. Buy if you're a mega fan, but avoid if you like your games with even a tiny amount of depth.
  15. It's the overall lack of challenge and depth which proves to be the major sticking point.
  16. When it comes down to it, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is just a pretty looking sandbox game with three mini-games. These games are interesting, but gameplay variety is a second thought, and so is the story.
  17. 60
    Sadly the lack of variety and repetitive nature of what's there does little more than throw the half hearted story telling and horrible voice acting into even sharper relief.
  18. 60
    The Half-Blood Prince is certainly better than some of the abysmal movie tie-ins of recent years, but it's also far from being a must-buy title.
  19. AceGamez
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is certainly prince-like in terms of its presentation but pretty half-arsed when to comes to the gameplay experience.
  20. I’d like to see developers scrap these constant installments completely and remake a one off Harry Potter game. Maybe one that tells the whole story, obviously in a very watered down fashion. One good game is better than seven clones of the same mediocre game.
  21. Nintendo Power
    The only irredeemable part of the game is its storytelling. [Aug 2009, p.89]
  22. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for the Wii simply does not have enough magic in it to fly on its own.
  23. Though we're happy EA revisited the sandbox structure, everything that made the previous outing a solid game has been sacrificed in exchange for simpler controls and gimped action in Half-Blood Prince.
  24. Nintendo Gamer
    It's worse than the last game in almost every way. Except potions. Making potions rocks. [Sept 2009, p.64]
  25. 50
    In the end, the game isn't a horrible experience. It is kind of fun and features some decent gameplay, but is it worth $50? I don't think so.
  26. 50
    The game should be called "Harry Potter and the Half-Assed Game." Even though Endless Day mode allows you to visit the Hogwarts grounds at your leisure after the primary game finishes, letting you round up the rest of the collectibles and deal with any unfinished dueling or Potions challenges, I felt as though EA delivered only half the game I had hoped for.
  27. A forgettable experience, pushing players through the same three minigames over and over again, without ever capturing the thrill of being a wizard. The story lacks focus and is difficult to follow, giving players only the faintest motivation to continue on before it finally ends on an emotionless, anticlimactic note. The Half-Blood Prince squanders its impressive license; you're better off reading the book again.
  28. 50
    Disorientating, disjointed, over-stretched and largely charmless.
  29. Despite a decent opening it soon descends into mediocrity that so many licensed games fall into.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    Kind of exciting and fun the first time, but it gets really boring after some time. I still think it is pretty good, but not worth gettingKind of exciting and fun the first time, but it gets really boring after some time. I still think it is pretty good, but not worth getting unless you're a crazy harry potter fan. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2010
    I wasn't expecting much because of mediocre games in the past and it turned out to be maybe the worst in the series so far. The game can beI wasn't expecting much because of mediocre games in the past and it turned out to be maybe the worst in the series so far. The game can be explained in three words: Dueling, Potions, Quidditch. And that's it. Sure, you can explore a very authentic Hogwarts (the most enjoyable thing about the game) but these three minigames is everything else. Dueling is in it the most but it isn't very enjoyable, as you will find yourself just flailing the WIi Remote around. Also, it is pretty much impossible to die. Potions is the most fun because you actually get to add ingredients and stuff! Quidditch is just flying through hoops (in the earlier levels I just put the Wii Remote on my lap and made it through almost every ring). The game does a very bad job of translating the story and the whole experience boils down to annoying. The game has absolutely no challenge and the only multiplayer option is to duel. Go watch the movie instead of playing. Full Review »