In this worker placement game set in the Harry Potter universe, players get themselves sorted into one of the four Hogwarts Houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, and get to defend the honor of their house!
2-4 players, ages 11+
Playing time: 75 minutes
Designers: Nate Heiss & Kami Mandell
Artwork: Delaney Mamer
Publisher: The OP
Each player takes control over one of the Hogwarts Houses and plays with three students representing them. Every round these students are assigned to classrooms, professor’s offices or important places to study potions, charms and defense against dark arts, gather magic, knowledge and spells.
Depending on their level, students can play spells and later in the game solve challenges, either alone or in groups, which give them House points that are collected in the form of gems.
Harry Potter: House Cup Competition is an introductory level worker placement game, very easy to learn and suited for players of all ages. It’s a family game that’s fun to play, especially if you are a fan of the series you’ll find yourself totally immersed in the gameplay.
The components are ok; the game board and cards could have been better but the dual layer player boards are top notch. What really stands out is that the scoring in the game is beautifully presented, as the points of the House are collected in test tubes in a rack, representing the gem-filled hourglasses familiar from the books.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this game is a must for your collection!