Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Xbox

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. A genuinely good third-year romp for Harry. Accomplished and absorbing, it's not quite magical but it's certainly no muggle either. [GamesMaster]
  2. It is by far the best Harry Potter game made to date.
  3. 75
    Being able to explore Hogwart's as not one, but all three of your favorite characters is, as Ron would put it, brilliant. Older gamers will find little challenge in the game's simplistic block puzzles.
  4. A person who loves the Books and/or the Movies should enjoy this game. Their love of all things Harry Potter will get beyond the game's few shortcomings.
  5. Play Magazine
    75
    I only wish they didn't vocally prod you to death to such a mind numbing degree. [July 2004, p.73]
  6. It poses a relaxed mental challenge. Most of the obstacles are not time-sensitive meaning those in the younger crowd can take longer to figure out what they're supposed to do to get to the next area.
  7. It doesn't stray much outside the established action/adventure genre, and while not particularly challenging, it is quite fun to play and would be particularly well suited to those who like their games to be quite cruisey.
  8. A by-the-numbers movie-licensed game that makes pretty good use of its source material without really doing anything too surprising. It's perfect for kids.
  9. Official Xbox Magazine
    70
    Plus there's no Quidditch - what's with that noise? [Aug 2004, p.78]
  10. 70
    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.
  11. A step down from the enjoyable "Chamber of Secrets."
  12. 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.
  13. The game does have issues, such as poor collision detection and very clunky controls. Add that to the relatively easy gameplay, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban has some problems.
  14. The game is very linear and hopefully one day the EA team will expand this title with a bit more freedom.
  15. 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]
  16. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    65
    A simple, solid adventure with smart puzzles and high production values, but it leads its junior wizards through every baby step. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  17. 65
    While it's true that things have improved, that doesn't mean it's suddenly a great game. While the downplaying of the storyline does help streamline the game, it also makes your goals seem a little disconnected and random.
  18. 61
    Feels sloppy. The framerate is unpredictable. There are control and lock-on issues. There are artificial intelligence oversights. And there are some collision detection problems.
  19. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    If you love Harry Potter, don't mind that characters talk and whine incessantly, and would like to see Hermione push around an ice block over and over again, Azkaban is good for a few hours of fun. [Aug 2004, p.94]
  20. It's a shame that the [movie] actors did not assume the speaking parts, but there's always a next time.
  21. 60
    It ticks a number of very basic and previously-defined boxes with unbending efficiency, throwing in a few commendable moments of surprising fun, drenched in the usual superficial fineries (the visuals, recognisable characters, plotlines, set-pieces, et al) with which many an EA game has plied its trade in the past.
  22. As always, there are plenty of cards, beans and secrets to find if you've got a craving for that 100 per cent completion feeling, but if not, the credits will be rolling long before the proverbial cows make it home.
  23. Compared to the PS2's EyeToy games and the Gamecube's GBA connectivity option, the Xbox version got shafted for extras.
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    9
    It might not be as good as Chambers of Secrets but its a wonderful game, one of my childhood games i played alot. Love the music in this oneIt might not be as good as Chambers of Secrets but its a wonderful game, one of my childhood games i played alot. Love the music in this one and the battles are fun. Full Review »
  2. TetewE.
    Apr 29, 2004
    10
    Het is echt leuk. het leukste is dat je harry potter deel 3 ook met z'n tweeën kan splen. en dat je met poppetjes kan wisselen.