Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Greetings! This blog entry is about the game Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (for those who don’t know, this is the second book in JK Rowling’s popular book series and therefore, the second chronological game for the HP game series)

This game is available to play on Game Boy Advanced and Color, Mac and Windows, Gamecube, XBox, PS1 and PS2. It is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. It turns out the different platforms had different developers for this game. Argonaut developed for the Playstation 1 platform, Eurocom for xbox, GBA, GC, and PS2, Aspyr for Mac, Griptonite for GBC, and KnowWonder for PC. Electronic Arts (EA games) published all versions and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment distributed all versions, so that makes it a little simpler.

Quick fun fact, this was the last game to be released for the GBC (gameboy color) and the last Harry Potter to be released for Playstation 1.

StoryLine Time- If you’ve read the book, it’s the same basic story line. Harry goes to Hogwarts and something awful is happening to some of the students due to the chamber of secrets being opened. Harry is the suspected heir of slytherin, the only person who could control the monster in the chamber. Harry’s friend Ginny is taken and Harry has to go into the chamber and defeat the real heir of slytherin to save her.

This is an old game from 2002 so I don’t have very high expectations on the graphics and neither should anyone else. Frankly, the graphics made the characters look like they had severely swollen faces. Draco looked awful not to mention when you play as Crabbe and Goyle. The game uses a camera centering viewpoint (where the camera always keeps you in center screen). This is an action-adventure game due to the physical challenges and the interactive story line. There was audio but at times became very annoying. Like when you are doing a challenge and Ron keeps repeating the same line at you (“Shoot it in the mouth Harry!”), or when you’re doing a task and the sound effects are just over pronounced and distracting (the dropping pipes or scraping trunk with the ghoul, or the dueling battles with the spells and charge ups).

Some of the challenges included time based courses like when you have to get to class before time runs out, find all of the objects (find the mandrakes), speedily pressing buttons in a pattern (learning a spell or mixing a potion), or even battle skill challenges (dueling or even mini enemies like slugs). There was also quidditch which is pretty fun but that’s a whole category by itself.

The controls were really simple. A thing I didn’t like was there wasn’t a button to jump. To jump, you had to walk into a hedge to climb or walk off the edge of a platform and Harry would automatically do it. I would prefer to do it myself. I did encounter a problem with game play where the only action I could do was walk around so I couldn’t move on, but I’m thinking that has more to do with my game being so old than any problems with the game play itself.

In conclusion, it was a fun game to play but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to anyone. If you get a chance to play it, go for it, but it’s not a timeless classic that you can play over and over again.

Happy gaming!


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