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Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
71
1.4
Xbox
70
0.0
GameCube
68
2.8
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Description

Quidditch, the broomstick and ball “sport” of the Harry Potter world comes to life in this simulation. For those unfamiliar with the game, two seven player teams of flying wizards attempt to score goals with one ball while dodging more flying balls and each other. For those who are familiar with the game, you will be happy to know that the players, positions, and “strategies” of Quidditch are faithfully recreated.

The game starts with a player selecting which of the four Hogwarts school teams he or she wishes to play for. Following some tutorial events, they are launched into the competition for the Hogwarts Cup against the other three teams. As the player wins games and completes specific challenges (such as “score 120 points in one game”) they collect Quidditch cards which unlock special combo moves. Once a player has won the school championship, they can go on to play as one of nine international teams competing for the Quidditch World Cup each with it’s own style and special combo moves. After winning the cup once, there are still more cards to be collected by playing and winning as different teams.

People familiar with actual sports know that the rules of Quidditch (as described in Rowlings' books) are fundamentally flawed and that the only meaningful part of the game is the 1 on 1 competition between the two seekers trying to catch the golden snitch. Quidditch World Cup alleviates this problem with the “golden snitch bar”. As the game progresses, completing action combos and performing special moves adds to a team progress bar. Eventually, when the snitch appears, the team with better positioning on the bar will start with an advantage in the chase. Ironically, this system rewards things other than actual scoring so in-game goals still remain mostly meaningless (except on lower difficulty levels where it is very easy to build a 160+ point lead and make the snitch inconsequential).

Because it is designed for younger audiences, Quidditch World Cup lacks most of the advanced features you would expect in an EA sports game (league play, team management, etc…). It also lacks any multiplayer options other than two player (same machine) exhibition matches

Screenshots

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Windows Harry himself welcomes you to the game.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Windows Chasing the snitch.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Windows The Hogwarts staff makes a cameo appearance when you win the school championship.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Windows Teammates with a white star outline are ready for your pass.

Alternate Titles

  • "הארי פוטר: קווידיץ' - הגביע העולמי" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Harry Potter World Cup" -- Japanese title
  • "Harry Potter: WK Zwerkbal" -- Dutch title
  • "Harry Potter: Världsmästerskapen i Quidditch" -- Swedish title
  • "Harry Potter: Rumpeldunk Verdensmesterskap" -- Norwegian title
  • "Harry Potter: Quidditch Weltmeisterschaft" -- German title
  • "Harry Potter: Quidditch copa del mundo" -- Spanish title
  • "Harry Potter: Mistrzostwa świata w quidditchu" -- Polish title
  • "Harry Potter: Kviddics Világkupa " -- Hungarian title
  • "Harry Potter: Coupe du monde de quidditch" -- French title
  • "Harry Potter: Copa Mundial de Quadribol" -- Brazilian title
  • "해리포터 퀴디치 월드 컵" -- Korean spelling

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The Press Says

PC Gamer Windows Feb, 2004 80 out of 100 80
IGN Xbox Oct 27, 2003 7.2 out of 10 72
Netjak PlayStation 2 Dec 08, 2003 7.1 out of 10 71
Lawrence PlayStation 2 Nov 11, 2003 70 out of 100 70
4Players.de GameCube Dec 12, 2003 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot GameCube Nov 12, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
GameSpot Xbox Nov 12, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Nov 21, 2003 13 out of 20 65
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Nov 12, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
GameCola.net PlayStation 2 Mar, 2004 5.8 out of 10 58

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