The Harry Potter wizarding world’s most famous game Quidditch, the flying broomstick soccer-rugby hybrid, is now in the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile visual novel game. The latest gameplay update, dropped yesterday, promises not only the opportunity to play this worldwide phenomenon, but also a slew of new missions and potential friends for its loyal players. According to a press release by developers Jam City, the Quidditch update is the “largest feature and content update since the game’s launch in April 2018. ”
The press release explains that Quidditch will become a permanent part of the game. Jam City also implies this is the first part of several related updates for Hogwarts Mystery. This first season allows you to play “friendlies” (or, in sports terms, “scrimmages”) that let you hone your skills at a Quidditch player. Victories in the Quidditch matches do affect the character’s story, and apparently, you can also unlock special prizes as well — including the uniform, of course, upon actually joining the team.
Much like Hogwarts Mystery’s other gameplay mechanics, Quidditch centers around tap-and-drag systems, including timed events that require solid reflexes. It only makes sense, given this is a smartphone game utilizing a touchscreen phone. More interestingly, though, you’re actually given the option to play from any of Quidditch’s position: Chaser, Beater, Keeper, and the infamous Seeker. It can be easily assumed You’ll start as a Chaser, and then slowly work your way towards each position as you progress through missions and learn new “moves.”
Funny enough, it looks like the Quidditch storyline begins with not broomstick-flying, but… face-painting? In short, you start learning about the game by becoming an overnight super-fan. Because as we know in sports, becoming a fanatic of a game is clearly the best way to become arrogantly knowledgeable about it. Then, you’re later tested on all the ins and outs of the magical sport, and you start learning from your acquaintances before diving in.
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The whole concept looks pretty standard relative to Hogwarts Mystery’s habit of making quirky side-quests to guide you along a far longer storyline. Still, there are some important plot details involved and plenty of new characters; of course, it’s always good to brush up on your Quidditch knowledge, too. The new missions also get you into plenty of other hijinks on the Quidditch Pitch, including with some new and old characters.
The trailer also shows some interesting hints at a few more serious future missions, too. There are cuts of a Portkey in use by a group of students, plus one scene in which the player’s character is seen fending off a Dementor with a Patronus. With a content update this big, it seems anything goes.
Of course, in order to progress, you still do need to engage with Hogwarts Mystery’s infamous timed progression system. When trying to start a mission, you either wait for the game’s timer or just cough up some Gems, which require real-life currency (though you can get some very rarely in-game). Once you’re in the mission, you need Energy, which recharges at a regular rate, or can be paid for. You’re rarely going to have enough Energy, so you need to keep an eye on the recharge times and occasionally poke back in to throw some at the mission.
This did get the game some flack upon release, as one such early mission that fans were stuck on for hours involved the child being strangled by “devil’s snare.” But given the game continues to this day, fans have clearly forgiven the system. It’s common for them to joke about the most mundane task requiring, say, eight hours to accomplish. With plenty of beloved characters and interactions, though, there’s serious charm (hah) about the game that’s kept the community hooked.
Hogwarts Mystery is a “freemium” mobile game; you can download it for free, but, again, there are in-game purchases that help you progress through the story.