Okay, this one is hardly a new release, but since we haven't had a topic in New releases and I'm giving the game a try I thought I would have a go.
the reason is simple, I was in a nostalgic mood and wanted something easy to play, so for both my nostalgia about Logd and my nostalgia about Harry potter, I thought this one might be fun, heck I've not played any Logd games for a good long time now not counting Improbable island, and even that I played about 7 years ago.
so what is hogwarts live?
Well the db will give a general description, but for those who don't know, its a combat game based on harry potter.
the basic objective is the same as legend of the green dragon, go into the forest and beat up creatures until your high enough level to challenge your master (or hogwarts professor in this case), beat them, then repeat up to level 15 until you fight lord Voldemort, then begin again with higher stats.
What is interesting in this one is firstly that it has lots of hp references, from the creatures to the items to the special events you sometimes run into in the forest, for example you can buy brooms and pets.
Secondly, I like how this one is setup.
Some LogD varients such as dragons of myth and legend of algera (if that one is still going), started you off with such stupidly huge supplies that you didn't really need to work, you already had the top weapon.
Not this time, indeed the "go thrill seaking" link in the forest really does mean thrill seaking, as unlike in most LogD games you can't just slaughter higher level mosnters and level up quickly, similarrly, gems seem thinner on the ground, which in one sense is actually quite good since it means that you can't just buy the top level pets and what not for nothing.
I also like the usual little touches such as pet care and some of the places to explore, and in particular this one seems to have more special events than normal, as well as hogwarts personalities, albeit I do wish they changed a few of the descriptions a little more from the LogD standard ones, I don't think somehow Belatrix would be speaking like Ramius from the original game once you get to the graveyard.
For anyone who fancies looking me up I'm darkempathy on there, and my refferal link is http://www.hogwartslive.com/r/Darkempathy
Anyone who's already in the game also feel free to share tips etc.
While its not a complex game, I do remember having loads of fun with LogD varients in the past, and though I got to know the games a little too well after a while, that didn't stop them being fun first time around, indeed going back to this now feels like meeting an old friend.
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)