Wonderbook: Book of Spells Review
Wonderbook: Book of Spells Box Art
System: PS3
Dev: SCE London
Pub: Sony
Release: November 16, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence

However, even the interest of hardcore Harry Potter fans probably won't stay piqued for very long. The story moves quickly and the puzzles are not difficult. I'm obviously a couple of decades north of this game's primary demographic, but considering the age range of the Harry Potter fan base, this is a valid concern. Even so, younger players will have no problem flying through the Book Of Spells, and once it has been completed, the replay value is probably going to be non-existent.

Wonderbook: Book of Spells Screenshot

The other problem that players will have to overcome is one that they might not be able to forgive; the technology has some major issues. The PlayStation Eye doesn't always detect the QR codes effectively, which causes the book to be displayed as a giant blurry splotch in the middle of your living room carpet.

The interaction between the controller and Wonderbook can often be quirky as well. A simple task like making a selection can often take several failed attempts. Also, things like lights, shadows, movement and slight camera adjustments can cause the Eye to lose its fix on the Wonderbook.

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But even with all of its problems, I genuinely love the technology. It feels like a strangely inventive step forward for Sony. And, if developers can get behind the tech, we might see a string of educational and entertainment titles hit the market soon. That’ll just depend on the bugs getting worked out of the system.

Plus, I love that developers will be making the line between literature and technology even blurrier. That ought to shut those librarians up.

Josh Engen
Lead Contributor
Date: November 18, 2012

Nothing fancy, but perfectly suited for the game.
Clever and interesting, but often frustrating.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The developers didn’t take any risks, but that’s not a bad thing.
Play Value
The game itself is fun and engaging, but the replay value is nonexistent.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • One of the most advanced uses of augmented reality anywhere, Wonderbook brings stories to life in your living room and allows you to explore and interact with them like never before.
  • The most accessible interface - just turn the pages.
  • Partner with PlayStation Eye camera and other peripherals, such as the PlayStation Move motion controller, to create unique and immersive experiences.
  • A safe and engaging environment built around the player, where they can discover, learn, and interact in exciting new ways.

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