A powerful storytelling vehicle and tool for the imagination, Wonderbook puts you at the heart of the action using augmented reality technology to transform the world around you.
Wonderbook is an augmented reality book that is designed to be used in conjunction with the PlayStation Move and PlayStation Eye. It was released November 13, 2012, with the launch title Wonderbook: Book of Spells.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells is a video game/augmented reality book created by Sony and J.K. Rowling that was released November 13, 2012, as part of the Pottermore partnership only for the PlayStation 3 system. Using the PlayStation Eye camera and the Wonderbook technology, Book of Spells makes it seems as if the events of the book are taking place around you. Players use a physical book to create a magical range of games and reading experiences.
It is set up as a textbook, providing information on many different spells and allowing readers to practice the spells. It provides new content from Rowling such as backstory on the book’s various spells and new info on creatures. At the end of each chapter, a poem describes a failed Hogwarts student’s attempt at the spell in order to teach a lesson in a similar way to Aesop’s fables.
The user casts spells by drawing shapes with the PlayStation Move controller, while the book itself uses augmented reality technology to appear on screen via the PlayStation Eye. The move controller itself appears on screen as a wand and may draw patterns on-screen to launch spells. Players also interact with elements that appear on-screen such as dragons.
Players may freely choose their House and choose from three types of wands. However, if players link their game to their Pottermore account, both will automatically be customized to match their account.
The game received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with an aggregate score of 72/100 on Metacritic. It was praised for the augmented reality technology but criticized for the game’s short replay value.
In the Harry Potter universe, the book was “released” by Miranda Goshawk 200 years ago and is kept in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. During an interview about Wonderbook: Book of Spells, J.K. Rowling commented on the game:
Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook. I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.
- Cornish pixie
- Bird-Conjuring Charm (Avis)
- Disarming Charm (Expelliarmus)
- Engorgement Charm (Engorgio)
- Fire-Making Spell (Incendio)
- Gouging Spell (Defodio)
- Hardening Charm (Duro)
- Impediment Jinx (Impedimenta)
- Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa)
- Mending Charm (Reparo)
- Patronus Charm (Expecto Patronum)
- Reductor Curse (Reducto)
- Revealing Charm (Aparecium)
- Scouring Charm (Scourgify)
- Severing Charm (Diffindo)
- Shield Charm (Protego)
- Shrinking Charm (Reducio)
- Stunning Spell (Stupefy)
- Summoning Charm (Accio)
- Unlocking Charm (Alohomora)
- Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos)
- Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti)
“Wonderbook: Book of Spells review: Inter-house unity” – By Jessica Conditt | Engadget | December 3, 2012
“Wonderbook: Book of Spells review” – By Dan Whitehead | Eurogamer.net | November 13, 2012
“WONDERBOOK: BOOK OF SPELLS REVIEW” – By Alex Simmons | IGN | December 6, 2012
“Wonderbook: Book of Spells review” – By Tim Martin | The Telegraph | November 14, 2012
Wonderbook: Book of Potions was released on November 12, 2013, as a follow-up to the previously released Wonderbook: Book of Spells. It is based on Book of Potions, a fictional potions book by Zygmunt Budge, and utilizes augmented reality just like its predecessor.
Players can brew a wide range of potions using an array of plants and ingredients. They also have the opportunity to link their game to an online Pottermore account.
With the help of Zygmunt Budge, the author of Book of Potions and a character created especially for this game, players can enter an enchanted garden in which they will find a number of challenges and can compete for an “elusive golden cauldron.”
- Common Welsh Green dragon
- Giant serpent
- Red cap
- Ashwinder eggs
- Billywig wings
- Bundimun ooze
- Daisy root
- Dragon liver
- Fairy wing
- Flobberworm mucus
- Knarl quills
- Occamy egg shell
- Puffskein hair
- Rose petals
- Sopophorous beans
- Streeler shells
- Unicorn hair
- Beautification Potion
- Cure for Boils
- Felix Felicis
- Laughing Potion
- Potion of All Potential
- Shrinking Solution
- Sleeping Potion
”Wonderbook: Book of Potions Review” – By Brett James | Crowdedbrain | November 29, 2013
”Wonderbook: Book of Potions Review” – Everybody Plays | December 21, 2013
”Wonderbook: Book of Potions & Walking With Dinosaurs” – By Sophie Brown | GeekMom | December 19, 2013