Over the length of seven books, eight movies, and countless other adaptations, Hogwarts Mystery Hack and his friends have defeated people who seek to use magic’s dark arts for villainy. So once the mobile game Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Hack was announced, touting the interesting hook of to be able to create your personal character and carve out your own path within J.K. Rowling‘s beloved world, I was immediately on board. Sure, the graphics were only a little clunky and outdated, the voice acting from principal cast members was quite limited despite press releases to the contrary, and the “tap this thing a bunch of times to perform your objective” approach was pretty weak, but those shortcomings were easy to brush aside as the story rolled on. But after almost a 30 minutes of playtime today, microtransactions stopped my progress in its tracks.
Microtransactions in Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Hack (essentially, small “opportunities” for you really to spend real profit a “free” or “freemium” game) are simply as unavoidable because they are, when improperly implemented, inexcusable these days. There’s a place for mtx to be sure and they’re great ways for developers to recoup a number of the massive costs of producing games, especially when the overall game itself is initially offered for free. They’re great ways to include fun elements to a game like cosmetic changes and other customizable options. They’re even perfectly fine for anyone players, flush with cash, who’re impatient enough to get at that next level that they’ll happily purchase power-ups and upgrades to be able to do just that. However, microtransactions should never be impediments to the game’s core story itself.
As for the rest of the game itself, from what little I got to play of it, it was fine. There are always a decent quantity of possibilities for customizing the design of your character; more are unlockable through, you guessed it, microtransactions–that is one area where I’m totally fine with the model. The story adds some interesting twists such as an older trouble-making sibling who went missing and other students who’ll become friends or enemies based in your multiple choice responses and interactions. The magic elements themselves will also be fine; I basically got to learn one spell and one potion before the cooldown timer stopped me dead in the grip of a Devil’s Snare.