Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle is a cooperative deck-builder that sees up to four students working together to ensure the safety of the school. Playable characters include Harry, Ron, Hermione and Neville who each have their own personal deck of cards to help the school survive.
Before players take their turns they resolve any effects the villains might have followed by their dark arts cards. These have various effects ranging from lowering your health to making you unable to perform certain spells. When that is done players can then spend a spell to remove dark marks, improve their decks and do damage to the villains.
As well as each character having their own custom deck that features objects relevant to them, each character also has their own special ability. Harry for instance can provide an attack when he removes a dark mark from a location while Neville can increase health a bit more than usual on his turn.
(Got to love a good villain)
The game itself does benefit a lot from its theme as fans of the Harry Potter series will be a bit more forgiving of its simplistic nature. However I was only able to have a go at the fourth chapter of this game so I can’t really speak for how difficult or challenging it may get as you unlock chapters 5,6 and 7.
Each chapter unlocks new allies, spells and villains which makes for should hopefully ad to each game’s difficulty. Playing through it in its chapters all helps to immerse players in the story while adding in a fair amount of re-playability, although I doubt fans of Harry Potter such as myself will have much difficulty with that.
The game itself may not cheap or easy to get a hold off in the UK right now but luckily for me someone at my local board gaming group NoBoG had a copy. Overall I found it to be a decent game, if a little easy at times. However as a fan of Harry Potter I loved all the little references and being able to play as one of my favourite characters was a lot of fun.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle was designed by Forrest-Pruzan Creative, Kami Mandell and Andrew Wolf with artwork by Joe Van Wetering. It Was Published by USAopoly in 2016 and is well worth checking out, particularly if you are a fan of Harry Potter.
Photos taken from Board Game Geek.