On September 13, 2019, the first public assembly of this mini-game was released. What is it and why is it a mini-game? Let’s consider this question in more detail. Well, for those who want to play and do not want to read, the download link can be found on the page of game
«Wands and Witches: Autumn Adventure» is a mini-game (parody) in which your character ends up at Hogwarts at the age of 18. Not to school, but to university. In principle, given the events of the original seven books, the idea of enrolling in a school we know at the age of 18 looks quite reasonable
Familiar locations, familiar characters, a little unfamiliar design style. And a lot of text!
The genre «Visual Novel» very quickly makes itself felt. It turns out that we are reading an interactive book with pictures, in which the plot details depend on our actions.
Why a parody? Because to create games with a serious plot, you need to make a lot of coordination with the copyright holder, which is almost impossible for small teams of developers.
Characters. In the game you can meet such characters:
- Students: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Colin Creevy, Rolf Scamander, Astoria Greengrass.
- Teachers: Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Madame Hooch, Filius Flitwick, Nymphadora Tonks.
- School staff: Albus Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Madame Pins.
Locations. You can visit the Great Hall, training classes, flight yard and some others.
Story. One story with sixteen plot development options. It consists of several stages: the introduction, a visit to Diagon Alley, a train ride, distribution to the faculty, the educational process, adventure and epilogue.
Duration of the game. The duration of the game largely depends on the reading speed of the player and is usually 1-2 hours. During subsequent walks, replicas can be skipped, which reduces the travel time to 20-30 minutes. This can be useful if the player wants to find out all the plot options, but doesn’t want to read the lines he already knows.
Platforms. You can play under Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android.
The true value of the copy of the game. «Pay or wait» again?
No, this game was made by fans of Rowling’s creativity for anothers fans, so there are no annoying timers in this game. Developers can be supported financially, but this is done solely on a voluntary basis and does not affect the gameplay.
Why is there no negative criticism in this review?
Everything is very simple: the description indicates that the game is free and it is really free. However, it does not create conditions that encourage the player to spend real money in a free game In addition, the project was developed by the same fans of travel to the magical world of Harry Potter, like us.
Conclusion: we have before us a mini-game for fans of interactive books, the plot of which is slightly different with each new passage.