Harry Potter III: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter III: The Prisoner of Azkaban
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Platforms: PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: KnowWonder
Genres: Adventure / Action Adventure
Release Date: June 2, 2004
Game Modes: Singleplayer

Snap88Just as the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban shows a marked improvement over previous representations of J.K. Rowling’s impossibly popular series, so does the digital version. The game does a superb job of capturing the look and feel of the Harry Potter universe. The PC version is different than its console cousins, with better graphics (powered by the Unreal engine) and controls that actually make it feel like a typical PC third-person action/adventure, albeit one that is incredibly easy.

Though it generally follows the storyline from the book and movie, it’s more of a companion piece. The narrative and levels touch on major events but generally don’t dwell on the details. The game is mostly linear, though between ‘missions’ you do get some freedom to run around Hogwarts, where you can find secret areas, collect trading cards, buy trading cards or mingle with the other wizards. The saving point system has kept true to its console origins, though there are enough spread around to make it less annoying. Whether on a mission or free roaming, a save point will always be but a few minutes away.

The design throughout is superb, a model of how to drag the player through the game without making it feel like, well, like it’s dragging players through the game. You get to control Harry, Hermione, and Ron on certain levels, while others have all three running around casting spells and getting into trouble together. This is a first for the game series, though controlling each character is more of cosmetic touch. None of them have any abilities that make them truly unique.

Snap26Aside from using the standard WASD for movement, most of the action is controlled with the mouse; much like a classic adventure game, the cursor is context-sensitive. While you eliminate guesswork on, say, what spell you might want to cast or which object you manipulate to open up a secret area, it lets the action zip along without players getting bogged down with too many options. In other words, it’s essentially identical to the rest of the series, which is to say it’s identically simple to grasp.

That’s generally a bad thing, but in this case it works. There’s a lot of stuff to do and look at, and as an exploration game, Azkaban delivers. In addition to running around Hogwarts looking for hidden areas, you get to ride Buckbeak, and you can run around as a rabbit or a small dragon. In all cases, you’re rewarded with all sorts of goodies, including cards that feature various wizards and monsters, Bertie Bott’s beans, cauldron cakes, and pumpkin pasties. Some levels are classroom lessons, and upon completing them you’re rewarded with bonus levels where you get to collect more stuff on a timer. These brief levels provide so much simple gratification that it’s too bad there are only three of them.

There are some minor bugs along the way, such as dialogue playing even you’ve paused the game, but usually the game runs without any problems. It won’t offer any sort of a challenge to hardened adventure players, but for people who are new to these sort of games, it’s a fun little trip.


System Requirements: Pentium III 500 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 500 MB HDD, WinXP

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15 Comments

  1. anonymoss says:

    it’s not working at all you fuckers get your shit together assholes

  2. Rimantas says:

    anonymoss, run hit your head in to wall and then rethink what are you writing.

  3. Jolasmic says:

    I followed everything in the video, but it’s not working right for me. I play on a windows 10 system with a Nvidia graphics card. At the moment whenever I launch the game it has some weird graphical errors where only the left half of the screen is visible and it’s some weird blue or green color. I’ve messed with all the compatibility settings, but nothing seems to work better than the last thing I try. What do you think I should do?

  4. Jolasmic says:

    I kept tinkering and found that I could just barely access color bit settings, and I changed it to 32 bit. That seems to have fixed all the problems I had. Thanks for providing me a way to relive my childhood. 🙂

  5. Cielmafeuille says:

    Hey, Everything went perfect during the installation, but now I’m playing and the game doesn’t detect my mouse, and I can’t cast spell, do you think there is a solution ?

  6. Cielmafeuille says:

    Sorry I found the answer right away, thanks for the link !!

  7. Corpicus says:

    I am having the same problem as Cielmafeuille. I can’t use my mouse in the game and I also can’t move forward or backwards. I can only move from side to side and jump. Can anybody help with a solution to that?

  8. Use the virtual machine.

  9. ACS says:

    During the Carpe Retractum challenge, I get stuck where the Imp is supposed to throw firecrackers. The Imp freezes and I get stuck in the room with no way out.

  10. wayne johnson says:

    Hi Old PC Gaming,

    Thanks so much for this upload and review!

    I have a question, whenever i get ron to the room with the little gray gremlin or whatever he is, after the cutscene the game soft locks and the gremlin casts no abilities. Any ideas on what to try?

    Once again thanks for the RIP, its a great nostalgia trip!

  11. Ann says:

    After i installed it , it is asking for an entire code that should be available in the white box at the lower left of the back of the CD.

  12. alex says:

    The imp in the carpe retractum challenge is freezing for me aswell. I’ve installed HP3 on too separate computers, on one computer the imp isnt freezing, but on the other computer the imp is freezing. Any ideas on what it could be?

  13. Tesla says:

    It works on win XP, not on win7, 8, 10 unless you change some settings. You can find suggestions with your favorite search engine.

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