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Within the span of seven books, eight movies, and countless other adaptations, Hogwarts Mystery Hack and his friends have defeated those that seek to use magic’s dark arts for villainy. So once the mobile game Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery Hack was announced, touting the interesting hook of to be able to create your own personal character and carve out your own path within J.K. Rowling‘s beloved world, I was immediately on board. Sure, the graphics were a little clunky and outdated, the voice acting from principal cast members was quite limited despite press releases to the contrary, and the “tap this thing a bunch of times to accomplish your objective” approach was pretty weak, but those shortcomings were simple to brush aside whilst the story rolled on. But after almost a half an hour of playtime today, microtransactions stopped my progress in its tracks.

Microtransactions in Hogwarts Mystery Hack (essentially, small “opportunities” for you really to spend real profit a “free” or “freemium” game) are just as unavoidable because they are, when improperly implemented, inexcusable these days. There is a place for mtx to be sure and they’re great ways for developers to recoup a number of the massive costs of producing games, particularly when the overall game itself is initially offered for free. They’re great ways to add fun elements to a game title like cosmetic changes or other customizable options. They’re even perfectly fine for those players, flush with cash, that are impatient enough to access that next level that they’ll happily purchase power-ups and upgrades to be able to do just that. However, microtransactions should never be impediments to the game’s core story itself.

Are you aware that rest of the game itself, from what little I got to play of it, it had been fine. There are always a decent amount of solutions for customizing the design of one’s character; more are unlockable through, you guessed it, microtransactions–this really is one area where I’m totally fine with the model. The story adds some interesting twists like an older trouble-making sibling who has gone missing and other students who’ll become friends or enemies based in your multiple choice responses and interactions. The magic elements themselves may also be fine; I basically got to understand one spell and one potion before the cooldown timer stopped me dead in the grip of a Devil’s Snare.