Wizards Unite is a bloated, slow, Harry Potter-ified Pokémon Go

Wizards Unite is a bloated, slow, Harry Potter-ified Pokémon Go

Three years ago, Nintendo and Niantic released Pokémon Go, and the resulting game became an instant cultural phenomenon on hundreds of millions of mobile phones. In retrospect, the formula seems simple enough: combine a beloved children’s series with a wander-and-collect-with-your-phone gameplay hook, and everyone will fall in love, right?

This week, Niantic returns with an entirely new game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and it proves that the above formula isn’t necessarily an instant winner.

Wizards Unite tries to expand the Pokémon Go formula with a few new features and a completely new visual and gameplay theme. But its barrage of timers, currencies, missions, and screens full of text does something interesting: it proves in its failures how much more elegant and focused Pokémon Go really was. Getting this particular AR gaming formula right isn’t as simple

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Now Available a Day Early!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Now Available a Day Early!


We were told to expect Harry Potter: Wizards Unite tomorrow, but the game is now available a day early, if you pre-registered!

As we talked about yesterday, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is from Niantic, the makers of Pokemon GO, so you get an AR, real-world experience only this time set in the Wizarding World. The game will have you out and about in your neighborhood, casting spells, collecting Foundables, battling bad guys, and completing tasks in order to become the best wizard ever and solve “the mystery of The Calamity.”

The game is free to play with some in-app purchases. You can get signed-up within seconds using a Facebook or Google account.

Get after it!

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Arrives This Friday!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Arrives This Friday!


The folks at Niantic, the makers of Pokemon Go, are ready to release their next big project, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The new AR-infused title arrives this Friday, June 21 in the US and UK.

What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Have you played Pokemon Go? It’s like that, but in the world of Harry Potter, with wands and portkeys and dementors and battles with Death Eaters. Instead of being a Pokemon trainer, you get to be a wizard that’s trying to save the wizarding world. It looks pretty fun in the same way that Pokemon Go was fun.

The game was first announced in November of 2017, went into beta for a while in select countries, and is days from launch. Some work has been put into this, so keep your wands handy.

Google Play Link (Pre-register)

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Massive Lego National Cathedral built with Vader, drones, Harry Potter wands

Massive Lego National Cathedral built with Vader, drones, Harry Potter wands

WASHINGTON, DC—As millions of dollars in donations stacked up for the Notre-Dame following the horrific fire last month, the Washington National Cathedral was quietly building its own restoration fund—brick-by-plastic brick.

Together with the Lego-building company Bright Bricks, officials at the cathedral have embarked on a project to build a massive replica of the cathedral out of Lego bricks. The project will raise money for much needed earthquake repairs. When complete, the towering yet detailed 1:40-scaled replica will be the largest Lego cathedral in the world. It’ll contain an estimated 500,000 bricks, weighing 612 kilograms, measuring nearly 4-meters long, 2.5-meters wide, and rising 3.35-meters from its elevated platform. It may also be the largest Lego structure ever built from instructions—officials at the

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