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As a kid I was pretty much submerged in a skip full of Lego bricks. I would spend most weekends and evenings playing with Lego. I loved it and to be honest I still love it now.

The recent onslaught of Lego video games has caught my attention. I played a little of Lego Batman and I am in the process of completing a band session on Lego Rockband. I will hopefully get my mitts on Lego Star Wars eventually, but untill then I am going to shed some light on the latest Lego tale, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4

All you Harry potter nuts out there will know from just reading the title of this game that years 1-4 will be covering The Philosophers Stone, The Chamber Of Secrets, The Prisoner Of Azkaban and the Goblet Of Fire. This time round the emphasis of game play is on collecting and exploring, rather than the combat we are used to from the likes of Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Bat Man. What is pretty cool though is the use of magic spells (it wouldn’t really be a harry potter game without and magic now would it?) from the get go you will have one or two spells available for you to use, one of the being Wingardium Leviosa, which does the neat trick of lifting and arranging Lego bricks and another being Immobulus which freezes enemies for a short time.

Potion making is another element of game play. In some levels it is a vital for you to make potions to progress, also if you mix a potion incorrectly it may have an adverse effect on you. It would appear that some incorrectly mixed potions will tune you into a Frog, so be careful.

The great thing about this game is there are so many characters you can play as, 140 to be exact, including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, and also Fang, Dobby, Buckbeak and centaurs which is pretty cool - you have to give the side characters some love too. Each of these characters has their own abilities, such as Harry will have amazing broom flying skills and Hermione would be the best character for casting spells as she is the brains of the bunch.

Not much else is known about the game but I can safely say this is going to be a classic tongue in cheek video game, combining the Harry Potter universe with the Lego phenomenon we all grew up with as kids.

But what does this all mean for the future of Lego? Will the building bricks start to phase out while the video games take over? Or are we looking at a Lego fad? I mean whats next, will Lego start parodying games as well? A little bit of me wants it to, as I am sure a Lego Halo would be quite awesome.

Garv

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Garvaos On March - 5 - 2010

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