Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Video Game of the Week - Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Every parent knows Lego, the wonderfully adaptable construction toy that has encouraged generations of kids to build everything from houses to airplanes to giant robots.

However, like every successful toy manufacturer that wants to stay relevant, Lego has had to adjust and diversify, sometimes straying far from the original building block concept. Of course, in the digital age that invariably involves a screen of some kind and a transition to the all-important world of video games.

Perhaps surprisingly, Lego has made this transition extremely well, teaming up with film franchises and other consumer icons to produce a series of highly entertaining video games. There has been Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman and even Lego Rock Band. Now comes the first in what promises to be Lego's most successful video game series to date – Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.

As in previous Lego video games, Harry Potter transforms heroes and villains alike into typical Lego "blocky" characters and uses platforming techniques á la Mario to set up a series of ever-changing adventures and encounters that will keep you enthralled for hours.   

Players will get the most out of Lego Harry Potter if they are already familiar with the Harry Potter books and films. If you're a fan, then you will be delighted by the inside jokes and will laugh out loud at the irreverent treatment of some of the oh-so-serious J.K. Rowling characters.

Although there is some light combat in Lego Harry Potter, the emphasis is on casting spells, solving puzzles and collecting the countless Lego bits that go flying everywhere. As you solve puzzles and increase your spell-casting skills, you move up to different levels, opening up additional challenges and collectibles. Adopting different characters in turn allows you to unlock new scenes and puzzles, presenting an almost limitless variety of gameplay options.

Lego Harry Potter may well be the best of all the highly-regarded Lego video games, providing hours of rich entertainment for everyone in the family.

 Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is rated "E10+" for Everyone 10 an older by the ESRB. Check out their video game ratings and content descriptors at ESRB.org  

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, DS
Genre: Adventure/Puzzle
RRP: From $29:99 to $49:99
Release Date: June 29, 2010
ESRB Rating: "E" for Everyone

Comment by Megan, posted 7/7/2010, 5:35 PM:

Both my son and I are really looking forward to getting our hands on this game! I love Harry Potter and he loves all of the Lego branded games, so it should be a good one for our family.
Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.