Wizards Unite is the new mobile app game by the Wizarding World corporation, the company that manages all of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts juggernaut franchises.
Wizards Unite is currently only available in Australia and NZ, giving the rest of the Potter world extreme FOMO. Developed by Niantic – the company behind Pokemon Go – and Portkey Games, the gaming developers for Wizarding World, it follows the same idea of Augmented Reality, giving you a chance to be a witch or wizard that has been recruited to maintain the Statute of Secrecy and protect the muggle world from ‘leaks’ of magic, known as the Calamity. More on this later.
This is what we learnt after playing for two weeks.
Warning – spoilers of major plotlines from the game below.
Spell accuracy is less important than speed.
To collect the most XP per Confoundable, try tracing the spell quickly. Throw down a potion that can give you greater XP caught during a 30min period (Baruffio’s Brain elixir) or the Extimulo potion to improve your casting accuracy.
Amazing character design.
At night, vampires and centaurs emerge which you must battle. We are expecting werewolves the next time there is a full moon. Characters from the books and films bear an uncanny resemblance to the actors that play them.
Solving the overall mystery of the Calamity adds another layer to the game.
The overarching plot of the game as you cast back Confoundables to the wizarding world, is to find unveil clues (mysteries) to solve the mystery behind who caused the Calamity – which caused these leaks of magic into our world. Clues so far point to the cause of this being traced back to a wizard called Grim Fawley trying to bring back his wife after she was mysteriously killed as one of the London Five, a tragedy which struck and caused five witches and wizards to disappear.
Fortresses allow witches and wizards to fight together to collect coins
Much like in Pokemon Go, Fortresses are like Gyms, but instead of battling each other, you battle against creatures and beasts to win gold coins, the main currency in the game – which can be bought via in-app purchases.
Collect spell energy from inns and ingredients from Greenhouses
Keep collecting spell energy as you are out and about, casting spells takes a lot out of you and not collecting spell energy could mean you could soon find yourself facing a Confoundable without the ability to cast a spell.
Where to find the game
The game is currently only available via Google Play and the App Store in Australia and NZ.