Following the adventures of young Harry Potter at his second year at Hogwarts, Chamber of Secrets is a fantastic adaptation of the book of the same name with a little more thrown in for good measure.
For those of you who have been on another planet for several years, Harry Potter is a young wizard with a mysterious past that is starting to learn about his heritage and magic at Hogwarts.
You see, in Harry's world, there is a hidden world where magic does exist although it is carefully hidden. Normal non magic using folk are called Muggles who go about their lives unaware of this secret world that Harry has become a part of.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Features
- Players 1
- Memory Card 4 Units
- Classification: G
- Game Type: Adventure
- Skill Level: Intermediate
The level of detail in this game is incredible as is evidenced by these amazing screenshots to your left. Locations are immediately recognisable and have been created with painstaking effort to fully immerse the player into the Harry Potter Universe. "Be Harry Potter" say Electronic Arts, and with a game of such quality, you certainly feel as though you could be.
A downside to gameplay is the sheer amount of loading times that are involved in playing this game. You will sit through loading screen after loading screen. Players will soon forgive this considering how huge levels are and given that the Cube loads pretty quickly, it's over before you can really point at it as a bone of contention.
The game runs along at a decent rate and doesn't really suffer many frame problems. Controls are intuitive and follow a similar system to both Zelda and Starfox Adventures where some of Harry's moves are automatic or are assigned automatically when needed to the A button. It's a good system and allows players to get on with playing the game without getting too bogged down with learning controls.
Spells can be mapped to the button of your choice and by holding down the L button you can target your enemy and launch attacks that way. By holding down the attack button of your choice, you can launch a more powerful spell that will do more damage or have a more lingering effect. Be careful however, as mistiming will only spell disaster for young Harry, causing him to drop items picked up.