Specialis Revelio! The latest game to tap into the Harry Potter universe literally puts players into the action with Kinect for the Xbox 360.
Aspiring wizards can create a male or female avatar that has their own face, using Kinect’s scanning technology. Kinect also enables players to physically interact with the game, replicating the teachings of Hogwarts by making magical movements and by calling out spell names.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Eurocom have kicked the real-world interaction up a few notches from previous titles with the creatively named Harry Potter for Kinect.
Those earlier games, on Nintendo’s Wii, enabled players to physically cast spells using a virtual wand, but Electronic Arts received a lukewarm response from critics for the overall gaming experience.
In Harry Potter for Kinect, which is based on all eight Harry Potter films, players join Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on Hogwartian lessons, adventures and battles.
“Kids and parents will enjoy recreating their favorite Harry Potter adventures, from flying a broomstick in a Quidditch match, to battling pixies and duelling other wizards,” said Samantha Ryan, senior vice president, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Harry Potter for Kinect will engage Harry Potter fans old and new by bringing them into the wizarding world as truly active participants.”