Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Fun magical adventure marred by demands for Muggle money.

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age 5+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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

Destroyed property (by rampant beasts) is shown, and children go missing. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

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. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World is a purchase-dependent hidden-object game based on J.K. Rowling's book and movie. The game features energy-based gameplay that only allows you to play for around 10 minutes before having to wait hours for energy to recharge. That means if you want to play longer, you'll have to constantly spend money to add energy and speed up timers. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Adult Written bybigmamamolier February 5, 2018

Fantastic game

This game rates high on "consumerism," but what they are critical of, I applaud. With a limited number of game plays before energy recharge, you can... Continue reading

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What's it about?

FANTASTIC BEASTS: CASES FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD starts with a great premise: letting players become wizard-detectives on the hunt for magical creatures. The game contains a series of cases involving bad behavior from the more unruly beasts from the Harry Potter books, things like mountain trolls and fairies. With the help of various officials, players investigate crime scenes and analyze evidence, ultimately identifying and capturing magical perpetrators. Searching scenes costs energy, and players must earn stars to progress the story. Players who don't want to wait up to 12 hours for evidence timers to count down must frequently spend real money.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes J.K. Rowling's wizarding world so popular. Is it the characters, the settings, the use of magic? How well does Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World fit into the greater story?

  • Discuss how movie companies use apps to promote their films. Has seeing a movie ever made you download an app?

  • Think about how Fantastic Beasts differs from Harry Potter. Is it as much fun without Harry and friends? 

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