Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 82
    Unfortunately, it can grow a little bit repetitive and is a bit too easy.
  2. The highest compliment we can give EA's portrayal of JK Rowling's magic-infused faux sport is that it's so much fun (for fans and nonfans alike) that it makes us wish Quidditch were actually real.
  3. There is still plenty of variety in gameplay and the AI makes for a more than decent opponent. [Dec 2003, p.92]
  4. Quidditch World Cup's strengths take a little while to unlock, but if you're a fan you should get your money's worth.
  5. 72
    The brutally fast sensation of speed in the books and movies has also been reduced noticeably in the game, which is also discouraging.
  6. The snazzy visuals will initially draw you in, but you'll stick around for the instinctive, responsive gameplay. [Dec 2003, p.201]
  7. It's surprisingly solid, providing definitively that it's possible to take a fictional sport and bring it to digital life. [Mar 2004, p.82]
  8. One part hockey, one part soccer and one part pure fantasy, Quidditch World Cup may not have the draw or the depth of Madden, but it is still plenty of fun to play.
  9. A decent first effort at simulating the chosen sport of wizards, it falls short of its promise primarily because of sluggish controls and shallow gameplay.
  10. 65
    It's all a bit dull, gameplay-wise, until you can trudge through at least one season of shutouts. The good news is that presentation-wise, Quidditch World Cup sparkles.
  11. If the game was a little more difficult and the players weren't limited to one controllable plane, then I would say take a serious look at this one.
  12. It feels less than the sum of it's parts, and though we respect the fact it's aimed mainly at kids, Quidditch's magic seems to be little more than a couple of fast hand movements and a burst of dry ice.
  13. 60
    Ultimately though the shallow game play means that this is one present that, unlike the puppy, is just for Christmas.
  14. It surprises with its cool references and attention to detail, but loses a lot of luster in attempting to appeal to a wee audience.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. JoeM.
    Nov 23, 2003
    10
    This was the best game ever made. it has all the real aspects of quidditch.i think the graphics r great and this is a must buy.well what are u waiting for!go out and buy it!NOW. Full Review »
  2. JimF.
    Nov 17, 2003
    0
    This game is absolutely the most tedious and crap game known to muggle and wizard alike...