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Description

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is based on the movie of the same name. The player takes the role of Harry Potter who has to fight against Lord Voldemort and his minions.

The game is not completely linear - between the chapters Harry can explore the school at his own leisure. If the player does not want to walk and search around, they have two ways to cut a corner: portraits, which are unlocked during the course of the game, can be used to teleport instantly to another place. Harry can also call a ghost which shows him the fastest way to the next mission. Exploration has mostly one goal: finding the 150 (more or less) hidden crests which unlock achievements and trophies. Because Harry lost his ability to jump and climb, he has to use spells to reach them.

Mini Games
The player will spend most of his time in three mini games: magic duels, brewing potions, and quidditch. The duels are used to learn new spells respectively improve the already known. Harry basically faces other magicians and uses his spells to defeat them, e.g. by paralyzing them or by parrying their spells. To perform a spell the player has to use his input device to recreate a certain movement.

Quidditch is a reaction test. Harry's broom flies automatically and the player can only slightly move it to fly through rings or avoid obstacles. While brewing potions Harry faces a bowl, ingredients and a time limit. Now he simply needs to recreate the receipt by using the ingredients in the correct on the bowl. Sometimes he needs to heat up the bowl or stir the brew up with his input device. If he makes a mistake there is smoke which costs time.

Screenshots

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Windows Introducing the map
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Windows Trying to figure out the way to escape
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Windows We're late to school
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Windows Hey there Luna!

Alternate Titles

  • "Harry Potter y el misterio del Príncipe" -- Spanish title
  • "Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz" -- German title
  • "Harry Potter i Książę Półkrwi" -- Polish title
  • "Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mêlé" -- French title
  • "Harry Potter és a Félvér Herceg" -- Hungarian title
  • "Harry Potter e o Enigma do Príncipe" -- Brazilian title
  • "Harry Potter 6" -- Informal name

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Console Obsession Wii Jul 28, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central Wii 2009 3.5 out of 5 70
XBox Front Xbox 360 Jul 07, 2009 70 out of 100 70
Meristation Xbox 360 Jul 07, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Krawall Gaming Network Windows Jul 15, 2009 62 out of 100 62
Playstation Universe PlayStation 3 Jul 08, 2009 6 out of 10 60
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox 360 2009 55 out of 100 55
GamesRadar Xbox 360 Jul 01, 2009 5 out of 10 50
1UP Wii Jul 01, 2009 C 50
GBase - The Gamer's Base Windows Jul 26, 2009 5 out of 10 50

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