Save Hogwarts from the villainous Voldemort in this fun co-op deck building game.
The forces of evil are threatening to overrun HOGWARTS™ castle in this new cooperative game! It’s up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. Players take on the role of a HOGWARTS student: Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with his or her own personal deck of cards. To secure the castle from the forces of evil the students must work together to build more powerful decks using iconic Wizarding World characters, spells, and items. Defeat all the villains including He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and win the game!
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle – $49.95
- 2-4 players
- Ages 11+ (I’d say 9+ with some adult guidance)
- 10-15 minutes play time
In the Box:
- Game Board
- 252 Cards (47 Small, 142 Regular, 63 Oversized)
- 4 Dice
- 7 Game Boxes
- 7 Game Rules
- 4 Player Boards
- 8 Villain Control Tokens
- 70 Chip Pieces (35 Attack, 25 Influence, 4 Health, 2 Shield, 4 More)
Lord Voldemort is trying to take over the Wizarding World – players take on the role of Hermione, Harry, Ron or Neville to stop him. Hogwarts Battle is made up of 7 games – that correspond to the books – that become more advanced as the battle progresses. It’s a really great system because it ramps up the difficulty as the players start to learn their respective decks. There are twists, turns, and surprises in every level. Players have to defeat the villain deck in order to save Hogwarts.
Designer Andrew Wolf gave us a more in depth demo at GenCon this year…
It’s a really fun co-op card game that is true thematically to the books. It’s a good fit for Potter fanatics, and casual fans won’t get lost in obscure fluff. Due to the mechanics it’s re-playable, so don’t think that you’ll get through all 7 games and not open the box again – you’ll want to play this one multiple times. It has a lot of variety built in, and the difficulty can be bumped up using options in the rule book if you need to. I’d suggest picking it up if you enjoy games like Ascension, Star Realms, and Shadows over Camelot.
Hogwarts Battle would be a blast to play with older elementary age kids, and is perfect for family game night. That said – it’s a great time for adults and more experienced gamers, as well.
Overall a great game – one that Potter fans of all ages will love.