Details on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for Gameboy Color

Recently, Electronic Arts gave anxious Harry Potter fans a first glimpse at the new Gameboy Color game Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and considering the source material it's probably not too surprising that the game is an RPG. The KnowWonder development team has risen to the challenge of turning a much-beloved book into a game, and appears to have had as much success as Harry himself has on the Quidditch field.

The game picks up about a hundred pages into the book, on Harry's first visit to Diagon Alley and continues through his first year at Hogwarts Academy of Magic. Diagon Alley is a huge shopping district that caters exclusively to witches and wizards. The Alley plays host to a plethora of shops, such as Flourish and Blotts's bookstore, the world-famous (for wizards, at least) Leaky Cauldron pub, and last but not least, Gringots, the worlds only wizard bank.

Many elements of the game are straight out of Harry Potter canon. The magic system, for instance, is based on the famous wizard cards that are hidden inside the ubiquitous and scrumptious Chocolate Frogs. Harry can combine any three of the 101 cards to create spell effects, similar to Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. Also, in a feature sure to make some readers think "Pottérmon," you can trade cards with your friends using a link cable.

All of the characters you love (and love to hate) are included in the game, as well. Headmaster Dumbledore, Hagrid, Professors Snape, Quirrell and McGonagall, Draco Malfoy and his henchmen Crabbe and Goyle, Ron, Hemione, and almost a hundred other characters are included. KnowWonder has also promised that the game will go beyond the scope of the books and offer new subplots. This might set off the "Uh-oh" light in some series fans, but as this game was created under the supervision of Potter author J. K. Rowling, there is no reason to fear that the new story elements will not mesh with the elements taken directly from the books.

With all the features that have been crammed into this Gameboy Color game, one might think that everything from the books was included. Sadly, however, KnowWonder felt that the aging Gameboy Color hardware simply couldn't do the Quidditch game justice. On the brighter side, side-scrolling broom flying levels will be included.

Even gameboy color owners who haven't read any of the Harry Potter books will want to keep an eye out for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which will be released on November 16th, to cash in on the release of the movie.

by Aaron Gover    
Source: [EGM]
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