The wait is over. Jam City’s Harry Potter game is now available worldwide, allowing muggles experience Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry using their smartphones. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is an adventure game that has players take the role of a newly enrolled student as they begin their Hogwarts journey.
The new Harry Potter mobile game is a casual experience that is as much an interactive narrative as anything else. Players are tasked with making decisions about how their character reacts to certain situations and then watch as the story unfolds based on their decisions. That might mean standing up to a bully or choosing the best thing to say to try and stay out of trouble with Professor Snape. Many of these decisions players make will impact how other characters treat you.
The other component of the game is classes. After completing the game’s tutorials players will soon have access to classes on potions, charms, and broom-assisted flight. More subjects are available as players advance in the game. These classes are light on gameplay and exposition, but do help players gain experience and points towards the house cup.
Hogwarts Mystery is a single player experience, with players getting to experience their Hogwarts journey without worrying about how other players are doing. As far as monetization goes, the game adapts three primary strategies:
- Cosmetic items
- Wait times
Players can buy cosmetic items like new shirts and pants using premium or basic currency. These items have no impact on the game beyond making your character stand out from other students. The energy system limits the amount of actions that a player can take or missions they can complete without letting their energy regenerate (or buying more energy). In practice that could mean having to take a break during a lesson after your energy runs out, though there are a few ways of earning free energy in Hogwarts Mystery. The game’s wait times pop up between some story missions and can last several hours unless bypassed using premium currency.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is free and contains in app purchases. Here is an excerpt from the game’s description and a trailer with more information:
Magic Spells, Potions & More
- Attend classes to learn and master magical skills like casting spells and brewing potions.
- Unlock new characters, spells, potions and locations as you advance through the years of Hogwarts.
- Customize your student avatar.
Mystery and Adventure
- Use your magical skills to investigate mysteries at Hogwarts.
- Discover the truth behind the Cursed Vaults and your brother’s disappearance in an all new story.
Friendships that Matter
- Bond with your housemates to win the House Cup.
- Go on quests to help friends and fellow students…or frustrate rivals.
- Earn respect and build relationships by adventuring together.
Interested? Check out the magical adventure game on Google Play.