Jam City's 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' iOS Game Now Available Worldwide

Jam City's highly anticipated game in the Harry Potter universe, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, saw a worldwide launch this morning on iOS and Android devices.

In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, players are able to take on the role of a student at Hogwarts, going to classes, learning spells, building friendships, and making decisions in an "encounter system" that influences each player's personal story in Hogwarts castle.


Jam City co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolf said in early April that the company's goal with the game is to "make players really feel for the first time like they're attending Hogwarts."

The game takes place in the 1980s before Harry Potter attended Hogwarts, so players won't run into iconic characters like Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and others, but well-known professors and minor characters will be present to provide an engaging Hogwarts experience.


Jam City's new game uses six voice actors that starred in the Harry Potter movies, including Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey), and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch).


It's important to note that Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Mystery is not the promised Niantic augmented reality game that's also set in the Harry Potter universe. That app, titled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is said to take cues from Pokémon Go, allowing players to explore real-world neighborhoods to discover, fight, and capture the fantastic beasts of the Harry Potter series.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite does not have a release date as of yet.

Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Mystery can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]



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7 months ago
Absolutely hate this business model! I'd rather pay money up front and play when and how I like.
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7 months ago

I haven’t played this but something tells me it’s gonna be pay to win.

Free to download, lists a wide variety of IAP including a "Vault of Gems" for $149.99, and one of the featured reviews says, "You want to do something but you have to wait ages to get more energy, on top of that there isn’t enough ways to earn it unless you buy it." Sounds like you're right.
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7 months ago

Free to download, lists a wide variety of IAP including a "Vault of Gems" for $149.99, and one of the featured reviews says, "You want to do something but you have to wait ages to get more energy, on top of that there isn’t enough ways to earn it unless you buy it." Sounds like you're right.

Energy, gems, and cool downs, all designed around pushing IAPs. Disappointing but expected. Pass.
Rating: 7 Votes
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7 months ago
Another pay-to-win game. Pass. *Sigh*

I was actually really looking forward to this but once again we're let down.
Rating: 4 Votes
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7 months ago
I don’t even download games that include the sort of IAP this does. Total junk.
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7 months ago

Disney's Magic Kingdoms has it down really well. They push, yes, but the play can be managed without buying. I have been on it since over a year and it is because it is one of the lesser annoying IAP games out there.

I’ll have to check it out. I honestly *want* some mobile games to play, but so many feel like that the gameplay comes secondary to the microtransaction systems.
Rating: 3 Votes
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7 months ago
Yup. Not putting this on my daughter's iPad.
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7 months ago
Ooooh, I forgot about this. Been looking forward to it.

Anyone try it yet? Will my expectations be exceeded or should I lower them quickly before download this evening?
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7 months ago

Energy, gems, and cool downs, all designed around pushing IAPs. Disappointing but expected. Pass.


Disney's Magic Kingdoms has it down really well. They push, yes, but the play can be managed without buying. I have been on it since over a year and it is because it is one of the lesser annoying IAP games out there.
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7 months ago
So frustrating that the first REAL harry potter game is an Insidious cash grab. My kids want an engaging Harry Potter expeirence not the licence holders robbing them of their pocket money.
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