A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.
Ease of Play
Hidden-object hunts and puzzles are easy; long research timers are a pain.
Violence & Scariness
Destroyed property (by rampant beasts) is shown, and children go missing.
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Products & Purchases
You must spend money if you want to play longer than 10 minutes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cases sometimes take place in pubs, and there's reference to alcohol and magical drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Though the love of Rowling's world and the app's premise are strong, a good chunk of the magical fun is sapped by poor design choices and/or the publisher's aggressive money-making scheme. Things start well enough with you joining a team of wizarding detectives whose job it is to investigate disturbances caused, presumably, by magical beasts. What could be more fun for fans already in love with things like unicorns, hippogriffs, and pixies? Much like Muggle detectives, investigations require examining crime scenes, gathering evidence, and interviewing witnesses. Unlike Muggle cases, they also require spell casting and potion brewing. Even better, the soaring Harry Potter music and gorgeous graphics have the potential to bring non-magicals right into the wizarding world. Sadly, it doesn't happen because of a stingy energy-based setup. Crime scene searches require energy, and the paltry energy pool you're given runs out in mere minutes. After that, you're forced to either tap into your bank account or put the app aside for hours. On top of that, evidence analysis requires either more in-game purchases or sitting through timers that take up to 12 hours to tick down. In the end, the magic spell of Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World is broken by consumerism.
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