Apple App-Aholics Anonymous: (LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7)

App Name: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Developer: Warner Bros.
Price: $4.99
App-Aholic Rating: 5/5

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FINALLY! After last year’s early winter console release of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 left the iOS market wondering where its edition escaped to, the AppStore was finally graced with the magnificent magical masterpiece this past Thursday. It would appear that from the get-go, the wait was well worth the product.

LEGO HP: 5-7 begins by updating the control pads, giving you a jump and function options that were not present in the first installment. Your character will also begin with several different spells that you can exercise without limitation. As you progress, you will also be able to tap into multiple characters (Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dudley, and everyone else you’ve ever known from the HP series) and an array of special skills (Invisibility Cloak, Errol, Crookshanks, Super Strength, and more?).

Negatives: Yeah, I found one! While the amount of spells are incredible compared to the first LEGO HP, and the usage of these spells is easier, they are a bit cumbersome to flip through during battle. Not only that, but in battle, Reducto is the only spell that actually does any damage, while the other spells only seem perform their intended purpose on select enemies, those of which you’re not sure of until you flip to it, fire at the enemy, and he kills you back because your spell did nothing.

Subtle Drawback:
Being gorgeous and virtually flawless can sometimes come at a price. LEGO HP: 5-7 will take up a lot of memory space, as well as cause possible lag on older devices (my 4S has operated fine so far).

Bottom Line:
Gorgeous, functional, and loads more entertaining than its predecessor (which was also good, in its own right).

Sum It Up:
A must have for any fan of LEGOS, RPGs, magic, Harry Potter, and/or a combination of the above. In fact, you should probably just stop reading this now and download it here already!

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Honorable Mention: While this week’s Apple App-Aholic entry was slated for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 by default (due to its popularity and awesomeness factor), another game that was awfully stunning from app-release Thursday is My Little Hero. The whole premise is designed to look a tad juvenile (your supposed “hero” wears a cardboard helmet and wields and equally-pliable sword), don’t be fooled. A lot of time and refinement seemed to have gone into this one. The controls are smooth, the character movements are impeccable, and the 3-dimensional graphics aren’t horrible. So give it a try at the introductory price before NCsoft realizes this gem that they’re giving away for almost nill!

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As always,
Happy Downloading, Addicts!

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