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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

App review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Pokemon Go meets magic in Hogwarts-themed AR game.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

A lot of the game involves exploring your real-world surroundings to discover items and events. Casting spells involves quickly and accurately tracing glyphs on the phone’s screen, which can be a bit more difficult on smaller phone screens. There are also a lot of different screens to navigate through to get the full experience.

Violence

Players cast spells to disarm traps and defeat enemies. There are combat sequences that pit the player against various supernatural threats, casting spells to hit the foe and to defend from attacks. Which the animations show characters getting hurt, there’s never any blood and defeated characters simply disappear.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can purchase various items, boosts, energy, and inventory space via the in-game shop, but most of this can be earned by playing and it’s entirely possible to play without the need to spend any money. Based off the wildly successful Harry Potter franchise, which includes movies, books, games, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a free-to-play, location-based role-playing game, available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. Players join the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, exploring the real world around them to capture and contain threats to the secrecy of the magical realm. The game does feature some mild magical combat in the form of spells cast to disarms traps, free hostages, or defeat enemies, but there's no blood or graphic violence. While the game is free-to-play, there are various boosts, items, and other extras that can be purchased with real money via the in-game shop. Parents should make sure kids understand the need to be aware of their surroundings outside of the game while playing, as it’s easy to be distracted and stumble into places they’re not allowed or into potentially dangerous hazards. Parents should also know that the game requires a link to either a Facebook or Google account to play, which could raise some privacy concerns.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byMamadodds June 29, 2019

Privacy issues!

I didn't even let my son download this game, although it looks fantastic. Any group that starts a privacy policy with saying that they have control over yo... Continue reading
Adult Written byHarrypotter5258 June 25, 2019

Energy sucks

Wizard Unite is lacking in so many areas. They need to allow you to get more energy but waiting like every game provides. Basically when you run out you buy mor... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 16, 2019

Great game!

Common sense media how is this 13 plus?! This game is perfectly appropriate for kids of ALL ages. It teaches kids to help others who are in need of help and to... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySabrinaSonnenfeld June 26, 2019

Great but you need to go into town if you live in the country

They could do a better job at making it accessible to all areas

What's it about?

It’s time to break out your wand and brush up on your Defence Against the Dark Arts, as you enter the Wizarding World in HARRY POTTER: WIZARDS UNITE. A sinister series of events has befallen the realm of magic, a calamity which is causing creatures, artifacts, people, and even memories from the Wizarding World to disappear. Making matters worse, many of these have somehow begun to manifest in the Muggle world, threatening to expose that world to the power of magic. As a new recruit to the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, your job is to explore the Muggle world for these anomalies and send them back before they’re discovered. You’ll need to hone your wizarding skills and team up with other magic users to uncover the source of the calamity and find a way to defeat it before it’s too late. Do you have what it takes to drive back the darkness that threatens both worlds?

Is it any good?

There are those that say the world around us is full of magic, if only you know where to look. In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, that magic is everywhere and it’s up to you to send it back where it came from. The game’s location-based system is similar to Pokémon GO, which should come as no surprise as both come from the same developer, Niantic, Inc. But Wizards Unite vastly expands on the gameplay, offering players a wealth of options and activities that improves on Pokémon GO in nearly every way. Walking around the outside world doesn’t just uncover “Confoundables” to dispel and materials to collect, but players can also find greenhouses to plant and grow seeds in, Inns to grab a quick bite at (recovering some magic energy in the process), and huge towers to explore by teaming with others and clearing dungeon-like Wizarding Challenges. There’s almost as much content and lore to explore in the game as there are Confoundables to defeat in the world.

Much like a pack of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, though, Wizards Unite may be a generally tasty treat, but it still has a couple of issues that might leave a bad taste in players’ mouths. For starters, with so much to do in the game, it’s easy to quickly run out of energy and there’s no timer in place to earn more. Unfortunately, unless you’re physically near one of the virtual inns, getting more likely means you’ll need to spend some real-world money on the game before long. Also, much like Pokémon GO before it, while it encourages players to get out and explore the world around them, it also relies on them paying more attention to their mobile devices while doing so. This makes it far too easy to stumble into places a person might not belong without ever even noticing. Left unchecked, these Dementors can suck some of the joy out of Wizards Unite, but a little moderation and extra awareness can keep them from rearing their hooded heads. Ultimately, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite brings Harry Potter fans together for a genuine magical adventure that couldn’t be more inviting if it was delivered by an owl.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about commercialism in games. What are some of the ways that games are used to promote other media properties? Do games based on movies, TV, books, etc. encourage players to watch, read, collect more from those properties?

  • What are some ways that games are encouraging players to interact with the real world? How can games help to keep players more active? What are some of the risks involved with Augmented Reality “AR” games?

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