Although the Harry Potter novels are some of the finest fantasy works around, the famous wizard’s foray into other media has been met with uneven success. The movies based on these books don’t contain all the story details, but they have been saved by their fantastic special effects and beautiful art direction. Unfortunately, their video game counterparts have struggled to capture the brilliance of the books. Half-Blood Prince continues right where 2007’s disappointing Order of the Phoenix left off.
Like its console-based counterparts, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the PC is a kid-oriented action adventure game based on the recently released movie of the same name. Apart from that, this PC version is generally unlike the game you’ll find on the PS2 or Xbox, because Prisoner of Azkaban on the PC is an entirely separate game created by a different development team, rather than a simple port of the console version. The game is exceptionally easy and surprisingly brief, but while it lasts, it’s a fun romp for its target audience through Prisoner of Azkaban’s twisty storyline.
The Harry Potter franchise made a fairly passable jump to game consoles last year when EA released games based on the movie adaptation of the first novel in the series. The franchise’s rich tale of a young boy’s adventure as a wizard-in-training has all the gameplay and story elements needed for a video game pretty much built in. While the book that the film was based on has had a far-reaching appeal that’s crossed age barriers, the games were definitely skewed toward younger players.