I love this game. The graphics are cute and the gameplay is highly enjoyable. It is a very good match 3 game.
One of the reasons it stands out from other games are the magic spells. It is very easy to make bombs and winged keys and they are very helpful. Along with the built in spells on the board (for example, when you move Hagrid'd image to the bottom of the board, magic bolts shoot across the board), and the animal's help, it is possible to win the game with only 1 move left when it seemed impossible to win only one move before. When multiple boosts and spells are activated all at once and all the boxes are checked, it's exciting! The gameplay in other match 3 games makes it easy to predict when you won't be able to reach the goal, but this game is full of surprises.
My only complaint is that the "prices" for power-ups and extra moves "costs" way too many "coins." Like, they give you about 100 coins a day for free. You can earn a few dozen to a few hundred coins with some challenges. That seems like a decent amount, and it would be, but it takes approximately 1,000 coins to buy anything. So basically if you want to buy anything and are low on coins it could take you 8-10 days to be able to save up for one single power-up. And then they make challenges that are "use this power-up three times" and it feels like a total cash grab because, beyond the first power-ups you get at the beginning of the game, it is extremely rare to get the kind that are at the bottom of the board, the kind you need to use to pass the challenge. If you don't have any left, you have to forget winning challenges until that one expires or pay up.
I have not and do not plan on spending any money on the game. It may take many tries to beat a level, but so far (about 300 levels in) it has always been possible.
Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells is probably my favorite match 3 game ever! I love the graphics, and it takes you through all the movies! Just the right amount of challenge in each level! I’m a Harry Potter fan, and I also love match 3 games, so this game was a perfect combination of the two! You can upgrade spells, and relive all your favorite moments from the movies and books. Here are a few suggestions that would make this game even better! Maybe you could let players play more than just the puzzle part. For example, maybe players could experience Harry Potter. What I mean by that is maybe they could be characters inside Hogwarts. They could have lessons, and maybe all this could be unlocked by completing puzzles. I know that’s kind of a lot to add, but if you could add it, that would be awesome! Anyways, if you love Harry Potter and love match 3 puzzles games, (or just one of them) then you will probably love this game! Bye!
-a customer of Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells
Edit the next day:
As I have progressed through the levels, I notice they are becoming harder. It makes sense, but I have a feeling it will keep becoming harder, and then just like all match 3 games, become a pay to win game. I know you guys want to make money, but a pay to win game isn’t enjoyable. I will lower my rating to four stars, and if this games becomes a pay to win game, I will keep lowering the rating. I don’t want it to happen, though, because I love this game! Please don’t let that happen!
Note: I will probably update and add to this review as I keep playing. I will also be waiting and hoping for updates!
After playing this game for about a month, spending more money than necessary on coins to buy extra moves, and reaching game level 290, (player level 22) I’ve decided to stop playing for the following reasons:
1. Lives take entirely too long to regenerate. Once @ 15 minutes. It is now more than 20 minutes per life, most likely to urge players to spend money.
2. After level 100, the levels get extremely difficult, I have often used all 5 lives on a single level. What’s more, even the more difficult levels give you the same number of trophies as beginning levels. What this means is that a league with mostly new players will advance higher than a team of players who’ve been playing for a while.
3. As recently as last week, you would earn coins each level you beat. Now, I see no way to earn them except the daily coins allotted for logging in. It’s always a different amount, too.
4. J.k. Rowling has been extremely problematic in the news and most of us have a slight issue with patronizing her to begin with, but still have a love for HP, and the game WAS quite enjoyable, so we bought stuff anyway. Now that it’s basically no real way to advance without spending money, I’m done.
The storyline concept IS nice. However, this game is terrible for kids or anyone who does not want to spend hundreds, yes you heard correct, hundreds of dollars per week just so they can advance. It is nearly impossible to earn any NEW cards. Almost every card you win is a duplicate. It is VERY hard to earn gold or power ups, actually near impossible for both. There are tons of issues (bad gameplay design) with many aspects of the game. Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan who owns lots of merchandise, the books, audiobooks, wands, etc. but this game was made to be a money hog. My advice. If you like this type of match shapes game then go with Disney Blitz. You will have more fun and spend way less, if anything playing blitz. I am very very disappointed with portkey games.
Overall, this game is addicting and fun to play. On a more competitive note, I see there are several ways to make this game better. On my team, higher levels (I’m talking 250+) have a way more difficult time gaining trophies for the team since on those tougher levels they have a less likely chance of gaining trophies since they don’t win several in a row like lower level members would.
Secondly, a great improvement would be to have a space where the highest ranking teams in the USA or country would be shown. Think of a Clash of Clans type setup. I feel this would be easy to do since every team has a league they’re in and every member has a phase of the story they’re in based on the level they’re in.
Thank you to the creators and members who work hard to make this game amazing!
I see quite a few complaints about this game being too expensive. It doesn’t have to be! I have only been playing 3 to 4 weeks and have finished all currently available “journey” puzzles (up to puzzle 785) without spending a dime of real money. My problem is that there is no way for me to complete the current “limited edition” album as there are NO PUZZLES for me to complete! Also, I can’t contribute much to my team’s weekly totals with only a single daily puzzle and the Tues-Wed-Thur challenge puzzles to complete. It would be great if the game allowed us to replay earlier chapters of Journey puzzles so that we could keep helping our team and work on challenges like the limited edition Creature album while we wait for new content. Hope the developers consider that. Thanks!
They caught some of the bug issues but I’m still having small problems that are affecting gameplay. Some of my moves I have noticed have not registered. For example there is a power up with the keys wear I use it but it will not do what it is supposed. I have used them and they go and take a gem or other interaction with the game and it will not happen. The gem will be there still, it’s causing me to waste entire moves. There has also been times when my game freezes while trying to perform one of the moves. Overall the game is fun and I enjoy the challenges, but the bugs need to be worked out because they do make it frustrating to play the game
Despite the developers’ claim that this so not just another match three game, it really is. The graphics are nice but there’s no story here to keep it interesting. The game just follows the Harry Potter books step by tedious step. I mean, 45 levels just on the staircases?? Boring!! The whole thing has already lost my interest. One nice thing about it: no ads. Of course it is just one big ad for the HP franchise. And the developers will make money off people stupid enough to buy the coins they need to get more moves on hard levels. In the end there’s not much to hold people who are not fanatics for HP and not much more for those who are.
I love this game! I feel like it’s better than candy crush because it puts more of a spin on things. It makes things interesting by having to earn the cards and spells. The only thing I don’t like is that it only gives you about 25 moves. I’m almost to level 100, but the lack of moves makes it almost too difficult to continue. The last thing that I’ve been having issues with is that any time I swipe out of the app when I’m in the middle of a game, (responding to text, or opening other apps) it tends to restart the whole level. Which is kind of annoying when you’ve almost completed the level.
Omg when I saw this game on the Wizarding World I knew I had to get it soon behold I did. The puzzles really do make time fly I swear I looked at the clock it was 8:30 next thing I know it’s 9:10, I could stay on that app for hours. As a usual puzzle game the puzzles get harder as you progress you can create your own profile and make your own club. (Follow mine at RARAGRYFFINDOR) the collecting cards are so much fun y’all have to try it. This game is literally a blast I hope y’all like it as much as me. ⚡️♀️♂️(P.S y’all have to try the Wizarding World app and Hogwarts Mystery)