A Magical Interactive Experience – ‘Wonderbook: Book of Spells’ Review

Have you ever dreamt of being in Hogwarts with Harry Potter, attending the same classes and learning spells? Well…Play Station Move can make it happen with Wonderbook: Book of Spells, a virtual interactive experience that will definitely blow your mind away!

This is a revolutionary game which takes play station capabilities to the next level where you have a physical book in front of you that will interact with your PS Move controller – instantly converted into your magic wand (But you have to set up the book and the camera correctly so we recommend you to sit on the floor and take your time with lots of space.

The story is simple – you are a wizard/witch student who has obtained the Book of Spells after you have been signed to your house (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw). Your training begins with some basic spells including the famous levitation charm Wingardium Leviosa. To make your charms work, you have to move your PS Move controller correctly by calling out loudly (Yes, there is voice detection in the game!)

The book is detected by the motion camera and will keep showing you points of interest where you have to activate with your wand to uncover spells and interactive stories. You can use it to practice, turn pages forward or backward and even shake it to clean off spells which didn’t go according to plan. This book is indeed a most creative, original invention for a game console….you will be amazed at how far video game technology has come.

Not surprisingly, at the end of every chapter, your virtual tutor will give you an exam where you must apply all the spells you learnt to go in a duel or capture magical creatures or light up certain dark places using the Lumos spell.

Another fantastic feature is the capability of linking the game and your progress with your Pottermore account. The bonus is that the game features newly written materials by J.K. Rowling herself to complete the Harry Potter experience you’ve always dreamt of!

Perhaps the only issue with this game is its voice command as no matter what you say, as long as you move the wand correctly, it will work. But you get into the game so quickly that you just blurt out and say any spells as you fully become a magic character instantly!

Wonderbook: Book of Spells is definitely a big surprise for the year as it’s a very clever game with no age limit. Everyone will love it, no matter your age or if you are a Potter fan or not, it will entertain you hours long, making you believe that you are the ultimate wizard apprentice in Hogwarts. And for the Potter fans? This is undoubtedly a dream come true for them as magic fly out of every single page within the Book.

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Wonderbook: Book of Spells will be available in Australia on 15 November 2012