Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets
||(Win95/98/Me/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (HARRY2PR)
Publisher: EA Games
from Four Fat Chicks
Dare to Return to
Be Harry Potter in a new adventure with more magic,
friendship and danger. Learn new spells, undertake new quests, make new friends
and challenge new adversaries to confront the powers at the heart of the
Chamber of Secrets. Do you dare take the chance that you might face
You-Know-Who again? Harry's second year at Hogwarts begins.
Go deeper into Harry's world, explore rich environments
from the Great Hall to the dark reaches of the Forbidden Forest.
Take the flying
car to Hogwarts and master new second year spells, including Skurge, Diffindo,
Overcome dangerous foes from Aragog to the deadly
Test your skills in Quidditch and Wizard Duel
Interact with new characters from the Chamber of
Secrets, including Dobby, Lockhart, and Ginny Weasley.
Windows 95, 98, 2000, Me, XP: Pentium 166 MHz or
faster, 32 MB RAM or greater, 60 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, 16
bit DirectX compatible sound card, 16 bit DirectX compatible 2 MB video
Review by Steve Ramsey with Emily (age 13)and Clare (age 10)
"At our house, Harry has been making his way towards
revealing the identity of the heir of Slytherin for several weeks now. Other
holiday events and visits have intervened, but both Emily and Clare continue to
return to the quest. Each has started their own game, but often embark with the
other in tow, or with the help of a visiting friend or cousin. All players have
seemed to respond positively to the adventure."
"You can focus on achieving each objective, and the game
will gently propel you in the right direction, but there are plenty of hidden
passages and secret openings to find if you explore more thoroughly. Greater
exploration will increase your bean and card tally, as well as your ultimate
"score", as well as adding another dimension to the game play. Have you really
completed the game if you defeat the basilisk, but havent found all the
wizard cards? That will be a matter of individual opinion."
Emily: "Well I still
havent played the game all the way through myself, but I played the end
with Clare. I like the game a lot. A few of my friends, Roxy and Jay, have
played it with me when they were over and both seemed to like it too...It was a
lot like the first game but because of some of the changes I talked about I
liked it more. I would give it an 8 out of 10."
Clare: "You can get more health with chocolate frogs and
potions (wigen tree bark and flobber worm mucus). And if you get enough bronze
wizard cards you get an extra "lightning bolt" life and you can then have more
health and it is harder to die. I had 4 lives. I have started again and am
going to try and get lots of beans and find all the cards. I will also get a
lot of health potions. I give this game an 8 and a half out of 10 and I rate it
for ages 9 and up. I think it helps if you like Harry Potter."
Four Fat Chicks by Old Rooster
"...the graphics of Chamber are colorful and impressive.
Hogwarts particularly pleases, with the attention to detail and such features
as the moving staircase done very nicely. Indeed, one can wander around
Hogwarts, not always immediately following the leading of Ron or Hermione, and
explore common and other areassome locked until secrets are uncovered.
This leads to some replayability of the game, particularly if you are into how
many beans or cards you can possibly find. This isn't my cup of tea, but some,
especially those console-inclined, do enjoy exploring every nook and cranny to
see what they missed.
"Accompanying the fine graphics
is wonderful voice acting, sounding very much like the actors from the
filmalthough it's not them. Musical themes are fitting and sound effects
"Chamber of Secrets is the finest adaptation of a film I
have ever played. The creators have expended obvious loving care with the game,
not content to give the kind of superficial spin-off (rip-off) we so typically
experience. Some have complained the game is short (10 hours). Well, it took me
20 (not counting replays), but I also took time to explore, take pictures, and
marvel at this recreation of a second year at Hogwarts. For the child around
you, or the child within you, and any fan of the Potter series, Chamber comes
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