Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
XBox 360, PS3, PSP, WII, DS
We’re sure you know the drill with these LEGO movie tie ins by now – solid gameplay, some good honest chuckles, strong visual style and plenty of movie references and self-parodies will keep fans amused for far longer than they probably should, but therein lies the magic of LEGO games.
Although primarily aimed at kids and fans of the Potter franchise, LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 has something for everyone, once you can allow yourself to get past the fact that you’re playing a Harry Potter game (if you’re the kind of person who lets these things bother you). In typical Traveller’s Tales fashion the level design is wonderfully thought out and borrows brilliantly from the movies while still taking enough creative liberties to make it stand out as its own beast.
Unfortunately it is slightly let down by a rather unacceptable number of bugs, glitches and shoddy development, which is plainly at odds with the high level of production value on show here. The whole thing will leave you baffled, especially because with a little more care this would’ve gone down as being great rather than just good. It’s definitely the best LEGO title to date, but badly let down by carelessness.