Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Windows)

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The PC game based on the third Harry Potter story is, like its counterpart on consoles, a three-dimensional action adventure, but with entirely different challenges and levels.

The player controls both Harry as well as his friends Ron and Hermione, while casting spells, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. Each of the three has one unique spell: Harry can freeze things, Hermione can transform statues into living creatures which can reach areas she can't, and Ron can pull himself over chasms or pull things toward him.

When the three (or sometimes only two) of them are together, the one best suited for the task at hand is automatically selected. If the power of several spells is required for a certain task, the other characters (AI-controlled) join in the casting. Spellcasting is context-sensitive - the correct spell is selected according to the object targeted.

When not engaged in a specific mission, the castle of Hogwarts can be freely explored. Many secrets and smaller tasks await. Scattered all around Hogwarts, usually in hidden areas, are Every Flavour Beans, Pumpkin Pasties and Cauldron Cakes, which function as a sort of currency. They can be traded for Collectors Cards, passwords for portraits that lead to more secret areas, and power-ups.

To finish the game, not only must the main missions be completed, but several side tasks as well. All 80 Collectors Cards must be found, all portrait passwords acquired and several mini-games completed. These include battles against pixies and a magically animated book, and a hippogriff flying course.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows Flying as a small dragon in the yard
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows You can get 8 portrait passwords in the game
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows Your achievements are right here for winning the game
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Windows There are some challenges you need to complete (they teach you spells)... here you can see how many shields you collected in each

Alternate Titles

  • "הארי פוטר והאסיר מאזקבן" -- Hebrew title
  • "Harry Potter y el Prisionero de Azkaban" -- Spanish title
  • "Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban " -- German title
  • "Harry Potter ja Azkabanin vanki" -- Finnish title
  • "Harry Potter Et Le Prisonnier D'Azkaban" -- French title
  • "Harry Potter en de Gevangene van Azakaban" -- Dutch title
  • "해리 포터와 아즈카반의 죄수" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The third Harry Potter adventure game is wonderful! Lill Ferraz (3) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Jun 27, 2004 78 out of 100 78
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2004 74 out of 100 74
GameSpot Jun 14, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Jul, 2004 6 out of 10 60
IGN Jun 09, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN Jun 09, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 59 out of 100 59
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2004 59 out of 100 59
ActionTrip Jun 04, 2004 49 out of 100 49

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Terok Nor (19803) added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Windows) on Aug 24, 2006