Game Room: October Roundup

Harry Potter for Kinect
Photo: Warner Home Video Games

Harry Potter for Kinect

Publisher: Warner Home Video Games
Systems: Xbox 360

What a missed opportunity. Harry Potter for Kinect lets players reenact key moments from the Harry Potter movies using the Xbox's full-body motion sensing camera. Players will be called upon to mix potions, chase the Seeker in Quidditch, cast spells and a variety of other film-inspired activities. The visuals in the game are generally quite impressive, though the voice acting sound-alikes run the gamut from spot-on to cringe-inducing. Unfortunately, the game mechanics are often awkward and sloppy and the game uses stills throughout instead of movie clips. Kids might enjoy the game's simplicity, but otherwise only the hardest-core Harry Potter fans need even consider.

Score: 5 out of 10

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