Warner Bros. Entertainment in collaboration with Mediatonic released another hidden-object game called Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World. This kind of games might be too casual but is still popular among certain categories of players. The game blends a lot of magical themes from the wizarding world, including objects and locations you ...
Warner Bros. Entertainment in collaboration with Mediatonic released another hidden-object game called Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World. This kind of games might be too casual but is still popular among certain categories of players. The game blends a lot of magical themes from the wizarding world, including objects and locations you may be rather familiar with from the movie. But it offers a separate story from the film, so players won’t get to know what is the scenario if they play the game before seeing the movie.
In your new adventure inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, you will deal with searching for hidden objects, interviewing witnesses, analyzing evidence and protecting the fantastic beasts at the center of every strange case. You will master your magical skills as you explore a mystery wizarding world and investigate unexplained happenings.
Atmospheric music, beautifully illustrated environments and intriguing plot draw players into the wizarding world in a new way.
Regarding the interface, along the top of the screen, you have some numbers. From left to right they represent your level, energy, gold coins, gems and shopping cart.
There are also some peculiarities that you may notice over time. For instance, things tend not to change their places. I mean if you’ve found something once, there is a big chance to find this item in the same place the next time. Remembering the names of things will also help you a lot. Some of them will confuse you at first, especially if you’re not a Harry Potter fan. So once you’ve found them, remember what it is and look for it directly the next time.
Sometimes, it’s going to much on the screen, so it might get you distracted. Therefore try to find some simple things to focus your eyes on and this will help you to notice unusual items faster and easier.
One of the features of Fantastic Beasts is that you have several scales like one with experience, energy and gems. One more is you can’t move anywhere in the game until you spend some stars: to look through evidence, ask experts or interview witnesses - you should pay a star. If investigation consists of several parts, then you need to pay a few stars at the beginning of each part.
Exploring new locations will give you stars, just look for items from the list quickly and tap on them. The list of things you have to find are broken into groups of three and you have to find them as fast as you can before they are replaced with the next group of three items. The less time you spend, the fewer mistakes you make and less hints you use, the more points you will obtain. To receive the star you need to pay a certain amount of points. Gradually, the price for the stars increases and requires more points. Moreover, to explore new locations you will need to spend a certain amount of energy.
For the first two cases, you have 110 units of energy; this means you can discover five different locations. When your energy is over, you get an offer to recharge it for free if you buy a pack of gems. But five more locations and your energy will disappear again. From this moment you have two options how to continue the game:
- play for free and wait for the automatic recovery of the energy bar;
- periodically buy gems for real money and use them to purchase energy packs and payments for expediting examinations.
If you are not satisfied with the game type "1-5 minutes to play and 1-12 hours to wait", then you will make some inventions to it or this game is not for you. Here is a true essence of the Free-To-Play games appears. Eager players make a lot more profit to the author than a sale of a game’s official copy.
When the energy bar dies or a long process of examination begins, you will immediately see how many gems you need to speed up the process. After that, you have to either tap into your bank account or put the app aside and wait up 12 hours to tick down. So if you don’t want to waste your time on waiting, simply buy another pack of gems and accelerate the game.
One more interesting fact is if you don’t purchase anything and wait for some time, the prices for those gems will decrease. For each country all prices are displayed in its national currency and in fact, some of these prices are equivalent to a monthly salary in the country.
However, there are some "daily gifts" in the game — gold coins, bundles of energy and other elements that you can use as a currency. For fans of a more diverse gameplay, there is a potion’s making available. Of course, not without a catch. For instance, a potion for the mind is disposable and it can briefly slow down the timer while you search for items.
The controls are primitive as it expected from this type of games. You don't need to do anything besides tapping on the screen and occasionally swiping and dragging items. But you have a zoom option available. So before you use any of your hints, try pinching to zoom. By swiping past things when you’re zoomed in, you’ll discover that items you’re searching for will sparkle, letting you find them quicker.
Replay Value 3/5
As simple as this game may seem, it is strangely addicting. The first few levels are relatively easy and intuitive, though there are helpful hints and directions given along the way. But a few levels after the game becomes more complicated and entertaining. You might waste a couple of hours unlocking new locations and higher levels.
The most valuable game’s currency - gems - are earned whenever you play and win the Beast Quests. Having gems allow you to buy potions, energy or special bundles from the store. But if you don’t have them, you can easily purchase some in the game shop for real money.
It’s just nice to be in a magical enchanting environment searching for mysterious items, discovering unknown locations and performing challenging tasks. But it doesn’t feel like it’s enough that could be done in this game. It just doesn’t inspire you either impress with all its brilliance and mystery, as you could expect from the game of this genre.
If you're a fan of the movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", you enjoy anything and everything from Harry Potter and you like playing hidden-object games, then this game is created for you.
Pros : beautiful, mysterious Potter's world;
unique game twists like brewing potions;
Cons : still a regular hidden object game;
easy to get distracted by plenty of items;
Replay Value 3.0