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PlayStation Wonderbook: Book of Spells event and game review thread

(166 Posts)
TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 10-Nov-12 15:15:22

This thread is for the Mumsnetters who attended the PlayStation Wonderbook: Book of Spells event and are trying out the game with their families at home.

You can see more about Wonderbook: Book of Spells by clicking here and shortly there will be footage of you all playing the game on some special pages on Mumsnet - watch this space!

Please answer the following questions. You're welcome to add any other comments you may have too.

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly
e. My child really enjoyed the experience
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience

Thanks and enjoy!
MNHQ

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sat 10-Nov-12 17:14:01

I will answer all your questions when we have played some more.

Meanwhile, I i have a question?

Has anybody managed to get through to the second level?

The boys have completed level 1 five times now, and each time they have completed the last spell they end up back at the beginning of level 1.

Do they really have to leave the game, go out into the menu and select level 2 from there?

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sat 10-Nov-12 17:47:32

Worked it out!

Belo Sat 10-Nov-12 18:28:04

Me too! But only on our old TV so the graphics not as impressive as earlier today. Dd2 completely engrossed and I'm tidying!!

jennywren123 Sat 10-Nov-12 18:32:04

Belo - totally agree. Graphics not nearly as good here as at the event.

DS very happily chanting incantations though!

hattifattner Sat 10-Nov-12 20:43:41

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event?

thank you MN and playstation for the opportunity to attend. This was a real eye opener for me, as I was a bit "anti" game stations. But the game is utterly charming and very clever. It was a lovely location and the staff were very friendly and helpful.

What was the best bit?

Getting the game to bring home and play! Second to that, DS says playing the game. I think it was our lovely scouse host, who was very confident and spoke to DS without patronising him, helped him with the logistics and gave him lots of encouragement.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

The game is very much "on message" with JKs original. its chapter 1 for us, so far, so good, lots to see and play. The graphics are great, tilting the book to see 3D image...cool! DS seems to be taking all the clever stuff with a pinch of salt, where Im sitting with my eyes popping out! We are not a gaming family, so its all very new for us.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?
Will tell you when we have all had a play!

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

My DD is 15, and a huge Pottermore fan...as are many of her friends. SO mature grin DS2 is 9, and he is loving it, and has just had a big strop about having to stop playing. I think DS2' age group (9 year olds) are going to love love love this game!

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how? Early days, but yes, I am quite frankly amazed at how clever it all is, and I am looking forward to new titles in the magic book series! (bring on the dinosaurs). I had very negative perceptions about game stations in general, blieving them to be all about violent games with un-pc themes of violence and gangstas. As an introduction to PS3s, this game has totally sold me on good, family entertainment. The links to the book and Pottermore can only be a good thing to encourage reading.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
This is day one, so its all very new. We will come back and tell you more, but for now....

a. The game was easy to pick up and play for the kids...agree. Me...well I may need more time!!

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating STrongly agree! As above, totally charming and engaging

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page - Agree.

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly - STrongly agree. Eventhough he has limited gaming experience (mainly handheld)

e. My child really enjoyed the experience. Strongly agree. He is a little narked that he has to stop for his all time favourite TV show (Merlin) - decisions, decisions!

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience. Strongly agree. The idea of games consoles is very new, and if this sets the bar very high, we will struggle to find comparable games!

pantone363 Sat 10-Nov-12 21:30:12

Q1. Yes yes yes. The PS staff were so helpful, DS and DD were both nervous beforehand that they wouldn't get the controls (they have er extensive console experience) but Simone was so lively and explained it very well. The venue was lovely although not much space to get manoeuvre to get the child playing plus book plus screen in shot. DC were very impressed with the free coke grin

Q2. It's hard to say what I liked the most. I was blown away by the actual 3D, usually this kind of stuff is quite 'gimmicky' but I didn't get that at all. The DC love how interactive it is, again not just a gimmick, the whole thing is interactive not just in specific parts. They love seeing themselves on the screen!

Q3. Sorry DD and DS are at their dads tonight so can't answer this until the morning!

Q4. Without a doubt. I know a number of children who mentioned it was already on their Xmas lists. It's not a present that is going to get forgotten about after a week, especially if new content is being developed. I know that the tie in with Harry Potter is the main selling point for Xmas sales (kudos Playstation PR marketing dept) but the potential for interactive comics/books is huge. Age range? DS is 5 and able to understand and 'get' the game (but has gaming experience) so 5 upwards. I can't see there being a upper limit, it would depend on content.

Q5. Yes! The DC have a wii, Xbox and iPad plus they game on the laptop. I had never bought a PS3 for them because in my opinion it was more of a ''serious'' console. But this really has changed my mind, they picked it up quickly and DD was navigating it quickly.

Q6.

a). Yes and yes. It's quite intuitive, which i find really important for childrens games. It was something that only Apple seem to have cornered, but I'm impressed!

b) No not intimidating. Again very intuitive!

c) DD yes, DS no but asked for help

d). Yes, thanks to Simone!! Even when she had gone and they got to a new bit they figured it out quickly.

e) Silly question! They raved about it all day, DS wants to take the PS3 in for show and tell hmm

f). Yes. They were uber impressed with the interactiveness (not sure that's actually a word). And these are two dyed in the wool gamers!

Overall it was such a lovely day. Thank you so much mumsnet and PS. We had a brilliant time and thoroughly recommend the game to all!

As an aside WHO was the woman passing out the filming release forms, she had the most amazing skin! I'm going to need the name of her foundation wink

pantone363 Sat 10-Nov-12 21:32:10

Sorry for typos, I'm on the iPhone!

LewisFan Sat 10-Nov-12 21:43:49

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

Yes, we enjoyed it - DS was most impressed with the posh hotel it was held in! I agree with pantone though, the room was really small to try to get the child / console / book / screen combo on the film - I plumped for going to child then panning to screen etc

Best bit: all of it, in DS's mind.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

I love the technical aspect; the thought gone in to the book in that when you move the Wonderbook, the Spell book moves / lets water run off it / shows you the top of the theatre etc (all game aspects)
DS loves the fact that it "looks like I'm actually in the game"

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

DS played it for 2 hours this evening - we are planning on more time tomorrow as it's at Grandma's for him currently. We are trying to all have a go, but DS is rather reluctant to share!

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

Yes, great present for children (I'd say age 9-12, because DS, age 10 was getting a little frustrated at times with having to position the wand thingy in a particular way for the camera to recognise it) and Potter fans of all ages (my sister, age 26 for example!)

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

We have never had experience of PS3. DS has an Xbox Kinect and I'm so far happy with the PS3. It's a great game and seems to be an easy to use console. I like the Move aspect and DS can't wait to get some more PS3 games for Christmas!

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play = strongly agree

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating = strongly agree - DS has not seen HP or read the books and he could understand the game and content enough to enjoy it immensely

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page = agree (think he was listening more)

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly = agree - we need a little more finesse

e. My child really enjoyed the experience = strongly agree - he loved it an awful lot and keeps talking about the posh hotel

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience = strongly agree. He hasn't experienced PS3 or Move before and is impressed with the quality of the graphics and the equipment

Last, but not least - THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!

TaperJeanGirl Sat 10-Nov-12 23:17:07

Firstly, thanks again for picking us!

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

Yes, we really enjoyed the event, the hotel was lovely, and the game is amazing, the people from playstation were all really nice and helpful, my girls would say the best part was getting to bring home the ps3 and game!

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

I like the fact its a non violent, innocent game, that encourages kids to read, and sit still! The kids like the fact they are "in the tv" and can tilt the book to get 3d views, dd1 also love the little moving pictures she had to film.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

We have played the game a fair bit this afternoon, the kids struggled a bit at first to get to grips with the move controller, not sure why as we have a wii, and they have used their uncles move on their dads ps3, but they were both really jerky and erratic and couldnt get the wand directed to the various parts of the book, they did get better as the afternoon went on though, and I think will get back into the swing of the game tomorrow, I found it a little frustrating and slow to set up, I found by the time I had got to the good bits, dd2 (5) and ds (3) had lost interest.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

I think it would make a very good christmas present, judging by how my kids got on with it I would say its def a 7 + age range, and even 7 year old dd1 struggled to "get" certain bits of it (she struggles with reading and concentration though, and I appreciate other 7 year olds and younger may be fine with it)

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

It has, actually, we have a wii, and they each have a ds, theres an x box knocking about somewhere, and dp has a ps3, they never ask to go on the x box or ps3 and I never encourage it as I didnt really see them as "kids consoles" and we dont have any age appropriate games, they dont often ask to go on the wii and when they do its to play just dance, so they dont actually play proper games, the book of spells has def made me more likely to look at ps3 games with a view to buying them for the dds, especially if they were interactive like the book of spells.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:

a. The game was easy to pick up and play
Disagree, for my dds at least, it took quite a while to get the hang of the controller and be accurate enough with it to really get into the game.

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating
Strongly agree, they loved it!

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page
Agree for dd2, she was able to read some of the words and tried with the words she didnt know, disagree for dd1, who has difficulties reading.

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly
Disagree, dds needed about 2 hours (including the hour at the hotel)fiddling with it before they were able to use the controller accurately, though dd1 does have concentration problems, and can barely sit still for more than 2 mins, so this didnt help, dd2 picked it up faster as she is able to read and has better concentration but still needed time to get to grips with it.

e. My child really enjoyed the experience
Strongly agree, dd1 is a massive Harry Potter fan and really enjoyed all the little details of the game that went over my head, she loved choosing which house to play for, and which wand, levitating the glass jar of eyeballs is her favourite spell so far.

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience
Undecided, they had the eyepet a couple of years ago so were familiar with the concept of seeing themselves on the screen, although in my opinion the book of spells has a bigger wow factor, and I think for all of us, is more impressive.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 00:04:57

Well, it's nearly midnight and our dinner guests have just left. This evening four adults, five children and one class bird (like a class bear but a kestrel of all things) have had a go on the game. DD2 fell asleep ages ago but DD1 and DH are still up! They are really enjoying the game. I'll post more feedback tomorrow but so far we are very, very impressed.
Thank you so much for letting us test.

gazzalw Sun 11-Nov-12 08:02:15

It was a little awkward setting up the game at first, positioning the book, but fine after that. DS had no problem setting up the system at all. Both of them are downstairs now setting it up again. DH and DD figured out how the book works last night, like a collection of QR codes apparently so in theory there could be more books with more pages.

Doogle2 Sun 11-Nov-12 08:41:16

Firstly thank you for a lovely day and the playstation.

Q1 - we really enjoyed the event although I found the room really warm ( thanks for the drink!). My son said the best bit was testing out the game and taking a ps3 home.

Q2 - The aspect we most like is that you are on the screen making the magic. As Potter fans this is the nearest you will get to being like Harry. As a parent I also enjoy the fact that it is an 'innocent' game with no violence.

Q3 - We didn't get home until the early evening but my husband was waiting eager to set it up. My sons stayed up a bit later than usual as they were having so much fun and it was lovely to see their faces.

Q4 - this would make a brilliant Christmas present. I think the age range would be 6-11.

Q5 - it has. I have always thought of the ps3 as an adult game system (black ops etc). I shall certainly be looking out for more family games and future wonder book games.

Q6 - a - strongly agree. When we got home the introduction takes the child through everything they need to start. My 9 year old seemed to get it straight away.

B - Strongly agree - its a magical game that is loved by my boys.

C - agree for the eldest son but I was glad the words were spoken for the benefit of my youngest.

D- strongly agree. We had to tell him to slow down so we could understand what was going on!

E - strongly agree. He loved all the small touches like having a moving photo taken and choosing which house to play for. He jumped when the pumpkin first exploded as he was so engrossed.

F- strongly agree. We have never had a game like this. He loved being 'in' the game and it was brilliant to feel part of the Harry Potter experience.

Overall I would strongly recommend this game and I am sure it will be a Christmas hit.

Out this morning so will play at home and leave feedback later, but just had to come on to say <sad geeky flail> you can link your Pottermore account to the game?! grin

I may have got a tad over-excited when the boys told me this this morning...

Ooh I'm not a product tester but will be watching this with interest as I was thinking of getting this for dd (nearly 6) for Christmas.

What do you think is more important to get the most out of the game - a massive love of Harry Potter (which she has) or the ability to use the ps3/gaming (which she hasn't)

What do you actually do in the game? How is it 3D?!

Would it be the £59.99 starter pack from Amazon I'd need with the eye camera and move controller?

Thank you for any info!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 09:10:51

I'm having problems. Can't get playstation working.

It's plugged in, turned on with green lights. I've connected the red, white and yellow leads to the relevant bit at the back of tv. I've turned the tv to game input like we'd normally do for the wii which is now disconnected.

Tv says no signal.

I don't have a game disc in the ps3 yet, is this the problem? But I can't work out how to put a flipping disc in. I've pressed the button at the front middle which instructions say is the open close button but nothing happens.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 09:13:13

Ah, dd has got the cover open and the disc in.

Still says no signal.

clux73 Sun 11-Nov-12 09:25:39

Firstly, huge thanks to Mumsnet and Playstation for an amazing experience. We were very very lucky to get picked. Christmas has come early in our house.

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?
We loved it! Gorgeous hotel, very engaging and enthusiastic staff, and a game which really impressed us all. There is something very magical about it.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?
I love the way you can pick up the book and rotate it 360 degrees to view it from all angles. We all love the water spell where it looks like you've sprayed water down your tv screen. my daughter loves it all, the Harry Potter theme, the wand, the spells, seeing herself on screen, the little touches like brushing the dust off the book.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?
We set it up about an hour ago and all 4 of us are sitting completely engrossed in it. Can imagine that if i let them they will still be sitting there playing it at lunchtime!

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?
its a great present. if someone bought it for my children i would be delighted. it is something which the whole family can do together and it is not your usual video game at all.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?
yes, i think this concept is brilliant and would recommend it to others. i wouldn't tend to recommend video games usually

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play STRONGLY AGREE even my 4 year old can just about manage it
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating STRONGLY AGREE
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page AGREE
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly STRONGLY AGREE
e. My child really enjoyed the experience STRONGLY AGREE
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience
AGREE - BUT I STRONGLY AGREE THAT I WAS SURPRISED, IN A VERY GOOD WAY

clux73 Sun 11-Nov-12 09:29:04

oh, and just wanted to add that when we got to the last page of the book for the first time she looked like she wanted to cry as she was so worried it was the end! had to reassure her that it wasn't over!

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 09:55:26

Please answer the following questions. You're welcome to add any other comments you may have too.

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?
Loved the event. The best bit was simply playing with the game. It's got such a wow factor, never seen anything like it before.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

Dd is a big Harry potter fan so been so immersed in hogwarts, getting to practise the spells, etc was amazing. Dd was fascinated by the sort of augmented reality aspect of it. So been able to see things by her feet on the tv screen which weren't actually there if she looked down.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

Got the ps3 set up finally. Dd has been playing it this morning and I've been sat watching. I haven't had chance to wrestle the control off her yet but I definitely want to have a go so will do soon. But it's also the sort of game which is loads of fun to watch, not just play. I've found the camera a bit difficult to set up, I've had to use loads of bluetack to keep it in place but every now and then it falls over.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

I think it would appeal for under 12s the most. I think children who are older maybe want something a bit more sophisticated in terms of the actual game. I can imagine that fairly soon there will be more WonderBook games which are maybe aimed more towards older children. The potential of the WonderBook is amazing and I think it will revolutionise gaming.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

Yes. I always thought that ps3 was for older teens and young adults all playing games such as Doom and CoD. It's made me realise that there are games suitable for younger children.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play. Agree. Yes after a few pointers at the event she was off.

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating. Strongly agree. Is player friendly, easy to follow.

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page. Strongly agree.
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly. Strongly agree. Yes, it was good to have some tips at the event but when home the game talks you through various tips on how to use your wand, etc. so anyone would soon know what to do.

e. My child really enjoyed the experience. Strongly agree. I'm going to struggle getting her to do her homework today!

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience. Strongly agree. It's so different from any other games.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 09:57:00

I've sorted out all my signal problems btw. grin

Magna Sun 11-Nov-12 10:26:45

Aaaarrrrggggghhhhhh just typed out my answers and lost them on my phone blush Back in a bit will fire the computer up

gazzalw Sun 11-Nov-12 11:21:41

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

Yes, it exceeded all expectations... and the venue was lovely too. Thank you so much for inviting us to participate in this - it was such a lovely bonus for a damp, wet November weekend!

The children reckoned that as soon as they entered the Book of Spells it felt as if they truly were Harry Potter characters! I really enjoyed watching the DCs playing the game and the true wonderment on their faces as they entered into the spirit of the magical world!

Q2. Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

Figuring out how it worked and the software behind it.The DCs liked the demonstration: DS liked "killing the wizards" and DD much preferred doing the spells and blowing up the pumpkins...she said she felt like Hermione Grainger.

Q3. Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

Well the children have barely been off it during their waking hours. It is just amazing. I've had a quick go but DW was out when we set it up so has yet to play - she's a bit of a Luddite anyway and whilst she can appreciate the technological brilliance of these she doesn't really enter into the spirit of gaming in the same way that the rest of the family does!

Q4. Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

Yes it would be fabulous particularly for Harry Potter fans. We have a niece who would absolutely love this.

I would naturally say it would best suit seven to thirteen year olds. However, given that the Harry Potter books were published when the late teens/early twentysomethings were tweens, I can imagine that curiosity would mean that it would have some appeal for them too - and parents of course! In fact anyone who has any sense of wonderment about how truly magical a technological advance this is, would find it appealing.

Q5. Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

I had no previous knowledge about PlayStation 3 so everything about this product review gives me a positive vibe about it. Being an IT nerd I can see that the software design behind the Wonderbook: Book of Spells is deceptively simple but amazing nevertheless that it truly brings technology into our dimension! I predict amazing things to come with this concept!

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:

a. The game was easy to pick up and play

Yes totally agree although DD needed a few lessons on wand waving!

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating

DS took to it like a duck to water - he is not at all intimated by any gaming devices. He set the whole thing up as soon as we got back home! DD was slightly more reticent but I wouldn't say she was intimidated.

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page

Yes and now that DD is a fluent reader it makes it so much easier :-)

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly

Yes, they always find these things a lot easier to pick up than we grown-ups. In fact they've been giving me lessons in how to play this morning!

e. My child really enjoyed the experience

Yes, totally agree!

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience

DD was awesomely surprised by it; DS less so, but that's because he had seen (and read) an article about it in DW's Red magazine on Friday evening and then had done some internet research of his own!

I think it is possibly the best gaming experience any of us have had thus far and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. I personally think it would go to the top of most children's Christmas wish-lists! What child (or adult come to think of it) could fail to be amazed and delighted by doing spells even if they aren't naturally a 'techie'!

grin,grin,grin

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sun 11-Nov-12 12:07:05

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

We did. It was truly awesome, or to use my oldest sons words “This is sick mum”.
The best bit was to see yourself on screen in the “game space” or surroundings, you really got a feel of virtual reality, and being part of the game.

Thank you for having us, and thanks for the console! We did not realize we would now get a dvd player and a blue ray as part of the package. This minimalist household with a tv with free view connected to the laptop for I player and LoveFilm for movies, has been catapulted into Today. grin

(look out for a second hand wii on ebay wink )

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

The graphics were amazing, and I loved how interactive it was, and how you could do things on screen with the wand. You truly could see yourself IN the game. Magic!

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

We have not played games together at all, aside from board games such as Monopoly, etc.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

I think it will make a very good Christmas Present. Suitable for 7-13 year olds?
(But I do think my 17 year old niece who loves Harry Potter would enjoy it too)

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

My only knowledge of PlayStation is through games such as Call of duty, which is the reason we have avoided buying the console so far. We have two boys, and the pressure to get these cool but extremely violent games have put us off. If Sony can keep this up, and release more high quality “innocent” games suitable for a younger audience, then that’s just great.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:

a. The game was easy to pick up and play – Strongly Agree.
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating – Strongly Agree.
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page – Strongly Agree.
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly – Strongly Agree.
e. My child really enjoyed the experience– Strongly Agree.
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience – Strongly Agree.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 12:19:56

Q1 Firstly, thank you Mumsnet and Sony for this wonderful opportunity. We really enjoyed the event. The venue was lovely (although small) and the poeple running it were really helpful and friendly. We were made to feel really welcome and at ease. The girls were a bit nervous at first but soon relaxed. The other Mumsnetters were all really nice too and I have to add that all of the children were very well mannered and nicely behaved. We were all a credit to Mumsnet. Hello to all from the 12-1 slot. smile

The best bit for the children had to be the goody bag but DH really enjoyed himself too, having a very long discussion about gaming, Sony Playstation etc. I enjoyed the looks on my children's faces as they became more confident and interacted with the game.

Q2 We just love the game. DD1 "I think it's amazing, it's just so cool." She's too busy playing for any further comment.
DD2 "It's awesome! My favourite thing is that the book and the wand are just like technology and look like a remote and a normal book but then on the screen it comes up as an old, ancient book and a magical wand. Also I like it when there are some things on the book that you have to wipe away and it looks real, like at the start it is covered in dust and you ahve to wipe it off and it gioes everywhere. It looks really real."

I love how it is so interactive- you are not controlling characters in the game, you are the characters. The technology involved is stunning- to be able to sit with a blue book and controller and see yourself with a magical book of spells and wand is just amazing. I look forward to linking up with Pottermore but we are using the PS3 as a standalone console until we change internet provider. We live in the sticks and it is beyond slow so that part will have to wait.

Q3 When we got home we had friends round for a take-away and games night. 5 children were playing the game together, ranging from age 7 to 11. They all loved it. Even the class toy had a go. smile The children took turns and also played together, helping and encouraging each other. It was a lovely evening that went on quite late as no-one wanted to leave.

The adults finally got a go and DH and his friend were very into it (although he has been muttering something about Assassin's Creed this morning so I think he is planning on buying more games).

Q4 From last night's experience, the game seems to suit a wide age range, boys and girls alike, so I would say 7-11 (the 6 year old was fine but had help). My friend went home and preordered the game on Amazon to give to her kids for a family Christmas present. They already have a PS3. She preordered it as she was worried it will fly off the shelves when it comes out. It really could be the must-have game for Christmas. In fact, DH said yesterday felt like Christmas- lots of food and drink and a new toy.

Q5 Totally. DH and I had PS1 and 2 pre-kids. We have had a Wii but it wasn't very sophisticated. We were toying with the idea of getting an X-box but are so glad we didn't (a surprise bonus to being skint). We hadn't really thought about PS3 as we have a preconception that they were a bit basic, not as good as X-box. We were happy to be proven wrong. The games we wanted for X-box are also available on PS3, it doubles up as a blue-ray player too. I would totally recommend PS3. I am really excited about some of the other projects in the pipeline- Walking with Dinosaurs will be huge!

The only downside for us was that our living room was a bit dark for the Eye-Cam so we had to remove our lampshade and move the lamps around to provide enough light. A small thing but worth considering. I have added a higher wattage bulb to the shopping list.

Q6
a. The game was easy to pick up and play STRONGLY AGREE DH was in charge of set up. He read the instructions on the train home and then set it up. It took a while to load and the girls got a little impatient.
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating STRONGLY AGREE
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page STRONGLY AGREE
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly STRONGLY AGREE
e. My child really enjoyed the experience STRONGLY AGREE
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience STRONGLY AGREE We all were.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 13:31:03

I am charging my phone to finish filming and uploading our tasks. Is it obvious if it works or not?

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 13:50:48

I have just noticed that the girls keep doing their hair so that they look nice on the game.
smile

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 14:13:37

I had to run upstairs this morning and change out my PJs as dd was filming me!

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 14:16:17

Just about to take the whole lot to my parents house to do more filming as their telly is so much better than ours.

Belo Sun 11-Nov-12 15:40:51

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event?

Most definitely. Thank you very much. Dd2 was spellbound. She is such a huge Harry Potter fan. The tutorial was great. She has been able to explain to everyone else what to do. Normally she's a bit slow getting started on any wii or ds game. Dd1 (aka biscuitgirl!) enjoyed the chocolate biscuits rather too much though... (But in her defence she would like to point out that we never have biscuits at home).

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

Dd2 is convinced that it Hagrid talking directly to her! She feels like she has walked into the book! (Her words). I'm in awe of the technology.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

I was hopeless compared to dd2 and dd1. I couldn't control the motion controller in the way they did.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

DD2 (7) seems to be much more into into it than DD1 (10). I would say it would suit 7-11 year olds. Anyone younger than DD2 might struggle with it and I think once the child is at secondary school it would not hold the same magical appeal.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

I can't believe what else a PS3 can do apart from the games! Also, I didn't realise that a platform other than the wii used motion control. But, I'm not much of a gamer.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:

a. The game was easy to pick up and play for the kids... Agree. I had a bit of difficulty setting up the PlayStation. But, once I realised I had to update the software it all went smoothly.

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating.... Strongly agree. Everyone was so friendly.

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page... Agree.

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly... Strongly agree. DD2 has been explaining it to the rest of the family!

e. My child really enjoyed the experience.... Strongly agree

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience... Strongly agree. She was amazed to see herself on the TV!

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 17:06:02

When you are uploading the films how do you know if it's working? I'm not getting any kind of confirmation message or anything. I'm worried none of my pictures or videos are being uploaded through the app. They are all there on my version.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 17:49:30

I'm not fulfilling the brief for the filming at home task apparantly - not sure why, wish it told you what was wrong.

There's a video of dd playing it and one of me playing it. Only thing I can think is that there isn't one of any others - well there aren't any other people here so I can't do that. Nor can I "get the kids to fim themselves" as dd would struggle playing it and filming with a phone at the same time - you'd have a shot of her ear for the whole film.

Just filmed dd playing it again to see if another video will sort it out. Only problem is that my phone can't film the TV screen very well with the lights on. I tried turning the lights down so the phone could pick the TV screen out better but then the PS3 camera can't see the wonderbook and the game stops. <bangs head on desk>

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 17:50:33

Scorpion did you press the Publish button in the top right hand corner?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 18:11:41

Scorpian, when I've uplaoded the videos. Once I've done enough fpr that particular brief/task I get a message saying "are you sure you want to publish, why not add more if you have time" or similar. But once I hit send again the task goes out my open tasks in the app.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 18:20:22

So when you've got enough stuff to fulfill the task it asks if you want to publish? I'm feeling really dense here, I have no publish button but have loads of videos and pictures in all 3 tasks.

Lucky I'm not at work tomorrow.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 18:22:26

Maybe we're really product testing the APP and the PS3s are just a ruse...

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 18:31:52

Scorpion, have you pressed the arrow in the top right corner, an up arrow.

It's not a user friendly app, not helped by the fact it keeps freezing and crashing either!

We've only got till 10am tomorrow I've just realised. Before I just thought "Monday" meant by the end of the day. Must have missed the bit about a 10am deadline.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 18:33:41

Thank you- it was the arrow, but I have to be a finger contortionist to get it to notice I was pressing it! smile

clux73 Sun 11-Nov-12 19:18:46

Oh no, hadn't realised we were meant to get the kids to film themselves!! Have uploaded everything else but not going to be able to get that one done by 10am tomorrow.......

clux73 Sun 11-Nov-12 19:19:18

Also, how do you tell they've been properly uploaded?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 19:30:59

Clux, I think if you don't have anything in your open tasks then its done. Mine accepted just another random video of dd playing as she couldn't film herself. I guess the app just counts the number of videos rather than what's actually in them.

clux73 Sun 11-Nov-12 19:34:52

Thanks, I've done the same and uploaded an extra one of them playing. Not sure any footage filmed by the kids would be any good anyway!

Squiglettsmummy2bx Sun 11-Nov-12 19:57:35

1. We all really enjoyed the event. The best bit was the opportunity to play the game with someone explaining all the buttons so we could get straight into it when we got home. The room was quite cramped & it was hard to hear the game as all the screens were close together.
2. My favourite thing about the game is the way it totally involves the person playing it & is also interesting for those watching it. My DC like the way things look differently on the screen than in real life, eg. The book & wand.
3. We have all enjoyed playing the game & have played it as a family as well as my DC playing together. We each set up a file under a different house so we can compete against eachother.
4. I think this would make an excellent Xmas present & think my DC were so lucky to get it now. They absolutely love it & can't wait to show their friends who I am sure will all want one too. I think the age range of 7 to 11 is a good one.
5. My perception of playstation before was that it was a console better for older children, teens & adults but this game has completely changed that as it is perfect for my DC & their age groups.
6. I strongly agree with all of the points.
We are so grateful to Mumsnet & playstation for this opportunity as this is a brilliant game & product that brings the game to life. We have all loved playing it & I can't wait for the school run tomorrow so I can tell everyone to add it to their Xmas lists.
Thank you so much

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 20:05:18

Yes, want to add a big thanks to MN and playstation. Dd (and me) are very lucky! [flowers]

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 20:05:39

thanks even

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 20:05:44

Aaaaaahhhhh. I definitely published the second task and now it's disappeared, although I can see the thumbnails, the video clips don't seem to be there. When I try to add them again, it just closes the app . . . . . .

Spockster Sun 11-Nov-12 20:09:18

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

We really enjoyed it; the best bit for DD1(9) was trying out the game. DD2 (6) enjoyed it because she liked watching; she especially liked the biscuits! Good choice of venue, though it was rather warm and it would have been great to interact more with other MNetters; many sent their DH, which was rather bad form grin
The Playstation people (Playpeople?) were fab; really friendly and enthusiastic (and we were the final slot so they must have been knackered); and talked naturally to the kids without patronising them.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

DD2 likes the name of the game and thinks it is funny.
DD1 likes the fact you learn about the spells before you try them
DH likes the way you can interact with the book, that it feels like a real pop-up book.
I like the interactivity, and the way that you are part of the book/game in the tv screen as you play it. I love the way the Move controller turns into a very realistic wand!
We all love the stories inside the book, they are very "JK Rowling"! You can tell they are written by her.
We are still in the early stages, but even for us relatively video-game virgins, it is a bit easy.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please
can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

I don't really think it's a game for the the family to play together; not our family anyway, as we all want to control the game at the same time! It is better for slightly older kids, to play alone IMO.
BUT it is very absorbing, and we all are enjoying it hugely.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

Yes! For children 6yrs (to 100 says DD1); but we think 7-12 is more realistic!

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

We have had no experience of PS3, but we think the Move controller is better than the Wii and more sensitive to movement (though with some delay); it is nice to see a game that is not violent;I think this was my preconception of PS3; fighting games for older boys.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play
Strongly agree; though the experts on the day helped alot, we would have got there ourselves in the end!

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating
Strongly agree;though DS2 (6) was a bit scared to have a go and didn't like the witches!

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page
Agree; thoughthe voiceover didn't encourage reading, we are still not sure if you can turn him off! (sexy voice though...)

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly
Strongly agree

e. My child really enjoyed the experience

Strongly agree; we all felt very privileged and to take home the bundle afterwards was icing on the cake.

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience
Strongly agree: it is very different to anything we have played before and DD1 felt it was far more realistic than other games. We have a Wii so she was expecting something similar to the HP games, but PS3 is much more realistic. She also loves that you can play as yourself, and be a Hogwarts student, rather than a HP character.
DD1 also loves the move controller, she says it feels more like real life than a game controller.

Thanks again to MN and to Playstation for this opportunity!!

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 20:55:46

Kids will be filming themselves before school in the morning. I am breaking all my own rules here.
smile

Thank you MN (and Playstation) for this smile

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

They enjoyed the event very much (I'm still peeved that I had to work). DD liked playing the game, and enjoyed having people their to help her (added bonus for her was that the very nice lady who helped at this event was the very same nice lady who helped her at Eurogamer - she was quite chuffed by that!)

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

It's easy to set up and fun to play and it's different. Plus we're big Harry Potter fans so this is a great way of expanding the HP universe. The DC liked how immersive it is, rather than mashing buttons to cast spells you wave a wand. It feels more 'realistic'.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

Played together this afternoon - lots of fun 'back seat playing', offering advice, reminding each other of spell shapes shouting at the cat when she lays on the book

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

Yes, definitely. We were actually going to buy it for DD anyway (so thanks again grin She loves playing it (has just turned 9) and DS2 (12) was very enthusiastic. DS1(14) likes it, but probably wouldn't want it for himself, so I'd say the age range is probably 7-13, but playable for all ages really.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

Not really. I think it's an excellent innovation of a great idea, we've got games that use the webcam in a similar way (eyePet and The Eye of Judgement) but this has taken it to the next level.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play - agree
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating - strongly agree
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page - strongly agree (but my DC are fairly old, I'd have been shocked if they couldn't!)
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly - strongly agree
e. My child really enjoyed the experience - strongly agree
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience - undecided (enjoyed it immensely, but not surprised)

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:05:24

All filming uploaded now. Phew. I had to delete and reinstall the app in the end.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 21:11:54

Two out of three tasks uploaded. I'm warming to the App (as long as it works). Will someone confirm our videos and pictures have arrived at their virtual destination please?

TaperJeanGirl Sun 11-Nov-12 21:41:44

Am I the lone voice of dislike? I dont like the game and my kids are bored by it, I cant actually get the last videos filmed as they dont want to play it confused

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:43:10

I thought I'd finally done it (the filming and uploading), but then went and checked at the "events" which were "waiting for feedback" and they all have the same video clips in (the ones in the last event which I published). It seems to have overwritten the first two. confused

My verdict on the APP, I'm not 'APPY sad

Magna Sun 11-Nov-12 21:45:17

First of all thank you MN and Playstation for this opportunity thanks

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit? - DS1 loved going to the hotel, he thought the venue was very relaxing (his words not mine). He loved the biscuits and I loved the coffee grin One of the best bits for me was seeing his face when he peeked in the room whilst the 1-2pm MNers were playing, it was though all his christmases had come at once.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it? - DS1 says that he loves all of it. I love the graphics and the wow factor, to be able to lift the book up and see all the way around it is just brilliant. DS2 loves the water spell and even though he can't play the game has enjoyed pretending to soak his brother and squirt us all.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much? - We have tried to play it as a family but we have found the best way and most enjoyable is one playing it and the others just watching and oohing and aahing at what happens on the screen or in my case wanting to take the controller when DH sturggles with a spell grin

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most? - It would be a brilliant Christmas present I have never seen DS1 sit that still and engrossed for that long. 7-10 age group from what I have seen and then the older group of mums, dads and grandparents who love Harry Potter and all things magical

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how? - Before we had children DH and I used to play PS1 and PS2 so the boys have known the style of games that you could get. This game has blown us away with the graphics and interaction with the book and screen. The most used word in this house since we brought it home has been Wow smile

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play - DS1 and I - Strongly agree, DH - Agree

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating - Strongly agree

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page - Strongly Agree

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly - Strongly agree

e. My child really enjoyed the experience - Strongly agree

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience - Strongly agree

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:45:40

Taper Oh dear, what ages are they?

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 21:48:15

Taper, the only thing I and dd haven't liked about it is the occasional crashing. The camera keeps tilting over, falling over and then the book isn't in view, but I think I've wedged it in place now.

There is a bit too much yakking, general spinning out between the games for me and possibly for dd. maybe younger kids wouldn't mind it so much.

Will have to have another play tomorrow to see if you can skip some bits and get more into the hands on. I think you can.

What do your kids not like? The whole thing? How old are they?

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sun 11-Nov-12 21:58:16

OK.

The game play is over.

After we got it set up yesterday the boys spent a few hours playing, and they have played for one hour today. All levels have been completed. And that is it.

The technology and the graphics are amazing. But there are not that many spells to use, there does not seem to be much story line, and not that much actually happening.

I asked ds1 today if he liked the game. "Yes".
Would he want to play it again "Naah, not sure, whats the point"

It is a very short game, completed in very short time!

With Super Mario you can play and play and play and play! Buying the game is worth it! But buying a game that is completed in just a few hours, well, that is a waste of money.

Wonderful technology and great graphics wont keep the kids interested for long.

So in light of this, I wont to modify my answer:

"Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? - NO, the game is too short to be worth spending money on"

TaperJeanGirl Sun 11-Nov-12 22:04:30

My girls are 7 and 5, they get bored at the in between bits, they like the water spell, and the pumpkin one, but thats about it, I tried to get some filming done earlier and dd2 started crying mid clip and said I dont want to play this anymore confused blush Think I will give it one last go in the morning before school, they might have just been tired...

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 22:05:58

How many chapters are there Quint?

Dd has played for maybe 2 hours today and is on the 2nd chapter. Not sure if she's been going back and repeating spells, possibly.

ScorpionQueen Sun 11-Nov-12 22:06:04

Those who are less impressed, are your children not Harry potter mad? My two have completed the game and happily gone back and started again. They are 9 and 11 and very into HP.

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sun 11-Nov-12 22:08:14

They like Harry Potter. Ds1 also likes The Hobbit, and magic stuff.

There are 6 chapters.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 11-Nov-12 22:09:20

Yes,my dd loves Harry potter which may help.

Thank you thank you mn and playstation for this opportunity grin
Have just spent pretty much the whole day playing this game, it's looking good so far smile
Will sit and write the answers out tomorrow after school that way I can copy/paste the questions properly instead of struggling on my iPad!!

Magna Sun 11-Nov-12 22:12:52

DS1 has finished it all as well he is 7.

He has enjoyed it and said he going to go back and get better house points.

For me personally I would love it if it was two player and you could duel each other. It would add that extra zing.

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Sun 11-Nov-12 23:01:11

I am also having some problems with fieldnotes in uploading todays footage.

jennywren123 Sun 11-Nov-12 23:18:20

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

Thanks so much to PlayStation and Mumsnet for picking us for this event. We had a great time, the hotel was lovely and the representatives we met from PlayStation were very friendly and helpful. As others have said, the room was too small really and it was pretty tricky (if not impossible) to hear the game. DS said that getting the PlayStation and game at the end of the event was the best bit (surprise, surprise). He has been saving his pocket money with a view to adding any money he received for Christmas and his birthday to hopefully have enough to buy a PlayStation 3 so this was perfect for him.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

I really like that you can interact with the game without actually being the person playing the game. So the player can be using the wand whilst another family member or friend could be lifting the book and tilting it to see other things. I also like the way that the book acts as a barrier between the child and the TV screen. My son plays games on the Wii which we have and I am forever finding him standing about a foot away from the screen. With this game he didn’t move from behind the book (much!).

DS likes the tests at the end of each chapter, because you have to remember how to do the spells and sometimes you have to do them quickly or everything goes wrong!

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

We haven’t really played it much as a family, but my niece (age 3) came for a visit and my DC helped her play the game. I suspect if it had a 2 player mode, then our DCs would be more likely to play it together.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

Book of Spells would make a fantastic Christmas present, especially for any Harry Potter/Pottermore fans. As a bundle it would make a fantastic large present, but it is really reasonably priced as a game if you already have a PlayStation 3. I think it will be really popular. As for age groups, it is certainly accessible to everyone, but I think the age group which it would appeal to most is probably 6-11. Any child who has seen the films or read the books will love it.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

I had always thought that PlayStation 3 was more of a console for adults or teenage boys with more grown up games. I hadn’t really thought of it as a console for children/families. This game has shown me that PlayStation is also a console for younger children and families.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play agree (did struggle at first to get past the first half of chapter 1, but I think that’s the whole idea of the game grin). I also struggled with when to press the button at the back and when to press the move button, but I think that was more to do with my gaming capabilities, as my 9 year old son didn’t seem to have the same problem!
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating strongly agree. This game is easy to use and you don’t need to follow any particular pattern. You can just pull up words and pictures from the pages to try things out.
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page disagree. I don’t think he was reading all of it, he was in too much of a hurry to see what was going to happen when he performed the spells! The reading of the words actually makes the game a bit too drawn out and long between the exciting bits.
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly agree. Yes, he struggled to get onto the second part of chapter one, but once he’d found the secret, he was fine.
e. My child really enjoyed the experience Strongly agree. He is still so excited!
My child was surprised by the game play experience* Agree. He was surprised to see the book in front of him come to live on the screen. I think he was expecting a normal console game.

Thanks again Mumsnet/PlayStation thanks

jennywren123 Mon 12-Nov-12 08:05:43

DS and I just had a look at the trailers for the other Wonderbook games which I think they said were coming out next year - Walking with Dinosaurs and Diggs Nightcrawler. DS particularly liked the latter.

I hope we get some feedback on whether the video has uploaded correctly - I'm working today and won't have wifi access again until I get home this evening, so won't be able to resend anything until then. I'm veering between thinking the app is just quirky when you publish and worrying it hasn't actually worked...

janx Mon 12-Nov-12 08:26:12

I am having problems publishing my footage... Keeps saying its failed due to connection. Not sure what to do as won't be back home til late

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 08:27:35

Just seen a trailer for walking with dinosaurs game, that looks really good.

ScorpionQueen Mon 12-Nov-12 08:48:07

Last bit of filming before school. All published but how do I know it really worked?

Did anyone else put in photos too? Hope I've done it right.

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Mon 12-Nov-12 09:08:51

I sent all the footage off last night. Hope it is received ok.

hattifattner Mon 12-Nov-12 09:25:06

MN and Sony, can I just reiterate how totally fab this is...all three of my kids (including uber cool teenage girl) have loved this and hopefully you have received the footage of them shouting "Lumos! Lumos!" while playing together (while my son sat on his dads shoulders for some unknown reason.)

We've also had the neighbours kids in, and if I had allowed it, my teen and all her 6 mates would have invaded the lounge on Sat night to play. In a very cool way of course. hmm

So a huge thank you again from the fattner family, and a big vote of confidence for the product. Its Magic! grin

Magna Mon 12-Nov-12 09:42:38

All sent I hope.

Really struggled trying to get decent videos with the tv in view as well.

TaperJeanGirl Mon 12-Nov-12 09:54:03

Think I have everything uploaded, girls warmed to it a little more so did get some videos of them playing, managed to get the backs of them holding the wand, the book, and the front of the on the tv iykwim, also put in a few photos, hope I have done it all right, the app says my videos are awaiting feedbacksmile

ScorpionQueen Mon 12-Nov-12 09:55:58

That's what mine says. The time has just changed from 5 minutes to 6 hours though, so maybe that is the timescale for feedback?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-12 10:01:47

Hi all - just to let you know I'm just checking with the app team who has submitted what and will be in touch with each of you to confirm what you still need to submit.

Thanks!

jennywren123 Mon 12-Nov-12 10:08:29

Thanks Helen. I uploaded all of the videos, but the first two tasks have been overwritten by the last task, so now they all show the same and I can't edit the first two. I have the videos here, I could possibly email them if that's easier. I've emailed the lady who we received the email from with the password for the app to let her know I'm having problems.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 10:34:29

Blimey, I'm a bit scared. It's like waiting for the teacher to give exam grades out. <wibble>

I've uploaded everything I have, so can't do anymore today as dd is at school now.

clux73 Mon 12-Nov-12 10:37:01

I know, I'm a bit worried that mine won't be good enough and I'll get told off!

pantone363 Mon 12-Nov-12 10:46:43

Everything has uploaded here. The app freezes every time I press publish but all the tasks have moved from tasks to rewards and awaiting feedback so I'm going to presume its worked!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 12-Nov-12 10:48:14

Haha - sit up straight! Stop talking! Maybe I should have been a teacher...

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 11:03:26

I think I might play hookey this afternoon.

gazzalw Mon 12-Nov-12 11:07:01

wink

hattifattner Mon 12-Nov-12 11:10:52

my "interview" was not good - think DS has his finger over the mic. will have to refilm later....

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 11:15:57

I'm going to get a detention, I know it. <sobs>

Doogle2 Mon 12-Nov-12 11:31:56

Is anyone else having problems with game recognising a child saying the spell. Mine says is cant hear us. Is there a secret microphone that I am not aware of?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 11:39:36

There's a microphone in the camera.

clux73 Mon 12-Nov-12 11:47:28

Oh no, just had an email saying mine haven't uploaded even though it looks like they have!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 11:49:04

They better not do that to me because I had to delete them as I went along to make space on my phone memory. Shit app.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 11:49:37

I'm not checking emails or messages for the next week. <hides>

pantone363 Mon 12-Nov-12 11:51:22

No email here, but the app crashed every time I pressed publish!

gazzalw Mon 12-Nov-12 11:58:05

Oh dear, same problem here!

clux73 Mon 12-Nov-12 12:02:41

Mine say "published, awaiting feedback" but apparently haven't uploaded!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 12:30:01

I've had an email. Got to leave the app open for a bit longer as the videos haven't gone through. I thought they'd gone as the app said they had. Grrrr.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 12:30:29

Yes Clux, mine said published awaiting feedback as well!

gazzalw Mon 12-Nov-12 13:21:09

Ditto...maybe we were all too impatient in closing down the apps?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 12-Nov-12 13:28:18

Maybe, but when there's a message saying "published, awaiting feedback" you think its done. Oh dear.

pantone363 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:28:46

Same here! Going to delete the app and start again

jennywren123 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:35:35

I'm sending them via their file transfer site now, working much better - famous last words!

ScorpionQueen Mon 12-Nov-12 13:38:08

I was so nervous checking my email in case mine hadn't worked as I live in the sticks with an iffy signal. I left the app running for hours last night and thankfully my videos worked. It was stressful though, but still worth it for the free PS3 and the lovely time we had.

DH said if Sony want any testers for the games aimed at an older audience, he's their man. I said I would pass this on.

It's been interesting listening to him telling people how good Mumsnet is this weekend. He told his mate he should get his wife on here. I kept quiet, she already is.
smile

jennywren123 Mon 12-Nov-12 13:48:21

Think I might get head teachers award or "Star of the Week" award. All mine uploaded via the file transfer site. [polishes halo]

ScorpionQueen Mon 12-Nov-12 13:50:27

More points for Gryffindor! smile

Doogle2 Mon 12-Nov-12 14:00:43

I had an e-mail asking me to leave the ap open for a further half an hour. I really hope it works....

janx Mon 12-Nov-12 14:10:08

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?
We really enjoyed the event. I thought it was going to be a bit hectic but the hotel was lovely and the staff were so friendly. The people explaining were very patient. I loved it all and my daughter was twirling around with excitement. Taking the bag home was amazing

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?
I am blown away by the technology - we are not a gaming family really. The way you could pick up the book and make it 3d. My daughter loved reading all the spells and was enchanted by the whole experience. I like the way you got involved in the whole game and the choices you had. It had humour and wasn't violent

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?
After a bit of fiddling we got the hang of it. My son (4) lost interest really quickly as there was too much writing for him. My daughter (8) was really into it and didnt want to eat her tea as it meant she would need to stop playing! Both me and my partner had fun with it too

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?
I think it would be great for 7+ who were into magic. I don't think you need to know about Harry Potter to play it

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?
Yes I am really impressed with the visuals and the whole experience

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play - bit confusing at times
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating - no not intimadating
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page - yes my older one
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly - no but we are not a gaming family so not that experienced
e. My child really enjoyed the experience - yes
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience - Yes she thought it was fabulous

Thank you so much for the opportunty - my kids think Christmas has come early.

TaperJeanGirl Mon 12-Nov-12 14:48:50

I had the email about leaving the app open for longer too, have had it open and my phone connected to wifi for an hour now so hoping they have gone through, as I have deleted the earlier videos as my phone was full of them and I had no space to take the last videos.....

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Mon 12-Nov-12 14:53:37

Everything just says "awaiting feedback" so hopefully all is ok.

TaperJeanGirl Mon 12-Nov-12 15:12:40

I am hoping too, but mine have said awaiting feedback all day.....why does the app not tell you when they have received the files confused

pantone363 Mon 12-Nov-12 16:07:02

I deleted my app and reloaded and published. Kept the app open for nearly two hours, connected to wifi and it still says wait we are publishing your videos??!

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?
We all thoroughly enjoyed the event although the room was VERY hot!! My dc's loved playing the game (and drinking all the nice drinks grin ) The playstation staff were great and very friendly

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?
For me I enjoyed the fact that it was a great family game. We all loved playing game (shame its one player though) My dc's were amazed by the whole concept of it. They found it very magical and lots of fun. (I really loved playing it too grin )

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?
* again pretty much like above. It is a shame that its one player bit apart from that the game is great. We all enjoy it and I love how easy it is to start playing. One thing Ive found is that it is quite difficult for my 5yo although it is great for helping him with letter formation (something we work on in our school by drawing things in the air) We have played it as a family and I found it is a game that my 3 dcs can sit and play while helping each other!! A miracle in itself*

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?
Yes I do. The age range I would give would be 6+ just because you need a steady hand to complete the spells and need to follow instructions

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?
I dont think it has changed anything no. I've always liked the playstation brand

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play strongly agree
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating strongly agree
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page agree
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly *strongly agree
e. My child really enjoyed the experience strongly agree
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience strongly agree

Thankyou MN and Playstation you have made this family happy smile

Squiglettsmummy2bx Mon 12-Nov-12 18:02:43

Glad I'm not the only one having problems. I went to my friends & left phone there with app open connected to wifi for an hour after 2 hours at my house as my modem at home can be funny although it seemed ok today. It stiill says awaiting feedback. Not sure there us much else I can do now

janx Mon 12-Nov-12 18:14:02

I have just had a MSG saying out of time for sending footage sad.... Have been fiddling with it for ages at work

Magna Mon 12-Nov-12 18:14:41

I had the e-mail saying leave the ap open on wi-fi. That's what I've done for the whole afternoon still looks the same to me confused

I'm sending mine via my laptop but it's very time-consuming. If I try and send more than a couple of files at a time it goes into 'technical difficulties'. I'm not sure how many of the first couple of tries actually uploaded. I'll keep trying though as I'm very happy to have been involved smile

It might have been easier if there had been a longer deadline for the footage so we could have submitted via flashdrive. Sending a USB stick via recorded mail or even courier would have been less complicated...

clux73 Mon 12-Nov-12 18:40:28

I have tried to upload them again but still not sure if it's actually worked.....

clux73 Mon 12-Nov-12 20:23:15

Jennywren, how do you do it via the file transfer site??

TaperJeanGirl Mon 12-Nov-12 20:23:30

Mine still says awaiting feedback, not had an email to say they haven't got them tho, taking that as a good sign?

Belo Mon 12-Nov-12 22:24:31

Shame we only had the weekend to do the filming. We had the girls cousin over tonight and there Grandpa. The dds were so animated as they were explaining the game and telling them all about Sunday. That would have been good footage.

jennywren123 Mon 12-Nov-12 22:53:09

clux73 Sent you a PM with the link.

ScorpionQueen Mon 12-Nov-12 23:23:54

Mine still says awaiting feedback and I had email confirmation that they had been received, so it may be ok. It is a shame there is no simple way to check.

clux73 Tue 13-Nov-12 14:56:13

Has anyone had confirmation that the files have uploaded properly? I still have no idea despite emailing Elizabeth 3 times....

janx Tue 13-Nov-12 18:44:41

I have now had 3 emails saying I have new tasks to open but when I open the app my footage is still stuck there. I keep emailing but I don't get any reply

clux73 Tue 13-Nov-12 18:46:44

I know, I'm not getting a response either. It's really frustrating now. It may be that the files have uploaded but we have no way of knowing.

TaperJeanGirl Tue 13-Nov-12 19:22:28

I have had an email to say mine not received and asking me to send them via another link, only prob is I have deleted the earlier videos arrgghh, I am leaving the app open again to see if they push through...

TaperJeanGirl Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:07

The videos are all still on the app but I cant get them back from it to email confused

Magna Tue 13-Nov-12 19:28:46

I have had an e-mail to forward via computer. Now got to work out how to do that Aaaarrrrggggghhhhhh

Doogle2 Tue 13-Nov-12 20:06:29

Mumsnet think I'm sending the videos some other way but I don't know what they mean! Can't we e-mail the videos to mumsnet via our phones?

jennywren123 Tue 13-Nov-12 20:10:04

I sent mine yesterday using YouSendIt which was very quick and easy (unlike the app!). I think they got there OK, emailed asking them to confirm, but haven't heard anything.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 13-Nov-12 20:11:18

Yes, I've had a pm from mn saying that they've heard I'm sending my videos via some system I've never heard of. I'm not.

Playstation and wonder book is good. App and video debacle is crap.

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

We did really enjoy the event, the best bit was seeing the game for the first time, I was more amazed by DS!

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

I love the way it actually puts you into the game and has you/kids on the screen so it really feels like you are a part of it. DS says his favourite part is the bit where you can make the water go on the screen so it really looks like it's running down.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

We have played it together quite a few times now. The only thing I don't like is that it is only one player. This means a LOT of arguing over who's turn it is in this house!

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

I do think it would make a good present as it is an amazing game with brilliant graphics and ideas and kids will be amazed at how it works. But like some others have found there doesn't seem to be a real story behind it so you can feel you have completed an actual game. It is also quite a short game. I think the age range of 7-9 would be best suited. My younger ones have found it quite hard to get the hang of properly and eldest DS aged 11 got bored after a few goes.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

I didn't really know anything about the PS3 before this to be honest. But having now seen it and what it can do, graphics etc then I think it is a really good games console and would recommend it to friends. Just need to buy a few more games to test out now!

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:

a. The game was easy to pick up and play - Agree

b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating - Strongly agree

c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page - Agree

d. My child picked up what to do very quickly - Agree

e. My child really enjoyed the experience - Strongly agree

f. My child was surprised by the game play experience - Agree

I sent mine via YouSendIt which was marginally annoying as it crashed every time I sent more than 3 or 4 files. I'm assuming they have them all now as I haven't heard anything else. App still says awaiting feedback, but I'm gathering that it failed pretty spectacularly so I'm not holding my breath on that message changing!

hattifattner Tue 13-Nov-12 20:33:58

(Ds finished the game today. He was most unimpressed that his petronus was a bull. I thought it rather appropriate.....)

But if you are a serious gaming family, I think this might not hit the spot - especially as there are only 5 (dense) chapters. WHile book of spells is really excellent, its all over too quickly. And DS is an inexperienced gamer, never played anything more complex than on a nintendo DS or angry birds, and yet he finished the game after 3 days of not very much time online - maybe 5 hours total? I dont know if this is normal for games?

I guess they have left us hungry for more, which is a good thing, rather than it all becoming stale. I hope they make another one!

Magna Tue 13-Nov-12 22:40:32

I am really struggling getting these videos sent sorry MNHQ. Can't down load pics of my phone and DH and I have spent hours trying sad

Going to bed and will try at work tomorrow

clux73 Wed 14-Nov-12 07:09:52

Mumsnet, can someone please let us know about this new method we are meant to be using to send the files. Thanks.

janx Wed 14-Nov-12 08:40:31

I had an email saying they were going to send instructions to send them through yousend it ... I am at work today so can't do it until later - tis very frustratingsad

Belo Wed 14-Nov-12 09:29:20

I didn't get that message. Maybe that meant that my upload via the app worked... I can see the videos on the app, even though I've deleted them from my phone so maybe that's a good sign too. It still says awaiting feedback though.

hatti, I agree that I don't think the game will last long. I'm not sure where the DDs are up to now, but they did complete chapter 1 very quickly. I was wondering if when you've finished the book, you can go back and re-do it in a different way? I.e. perhaps if you're in a different house, the spells are different? If you can't, I'm not sure if this game is the best value for money game out there (not that I'm complaining!)

jennywren123 Wed 14-Nov-12 15:45:31

My patronus is a hare grin

TaperJeanGirl Thu 15-Nov-12 10:39:24

Did the app/upload problem ever get sorted? I tried via the app for hours, then tried to upload what videos I didnt delete from my phone via the link from my laptop, STILL didnt work, shame as I had a cute video I took of my girls after we came out of the hotel :-(

clux73 Thu 15-Nov-12 13:31:56

I still have no idea if they ever received my footage as they haven't answered any of my emails!

Doogle2 Thu 15-Nov-12 13:51:46

I haven't heard anything either. I am hoping no news is good news!

hattifattner Thu 15-Nov-12 14:47:31

ditto

jennywren123 Thu 15-Nov-12 18:23:53

Same!

Magna Thu 15-Nov-12 19:08:54

Clux so glad you said that I haven't had any response to my e-mails.

gazzalw Fri 16-Nov-12 08:33:26

Obviously no news is good news ;-)

clux73 Fri 16-Nov-12 18:37:44

I'm a bit disappointed get no feedback at all after all the time we spent trying to upload our films

gazzalw Sat 17-Nov-12 14:59:37

It seemed that they were trying to wrap the whole thing up very quickly. I think they wanted all the video footage in by Monday evening didn't they? Presumably because most of us had a problem with the app initially it's put their scheduling behind a day or two. I guess if they are trying to work to a very quick deadline they haven't got time to acknowledge us?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 19-Nov-12 15:28:20

Hi all - so sorry not to have acknowledged receipt of all your footage - as you know we've been really busy trying to get the video made so we can get it up on the site quickly. I should have got back to each of you to let you know we got your video - sorry for not doing so.

Thanks loads for all of your footage - it's all come across really well and PlayStation are really happy with it. A montage of clips is being put together as we speak and I'll post here again once it's up on site.

Thanks again for taking part - we hope you enjoyed it!

ScorpionQueen Mon 19-Nov-12 17:46:27

I'm glad Playstation are happy, we all wanted it to go well (so we get to test more games). Can't wait to see the videos.
Thanks again. There is a PS3 drawing game on Black Friday on Amazon later I've got my eye on and Skylanders has featured on Santa's letter.
smile

gazzalw Mon 19-Nov-12 17:51:04

Yes, we are still working towards our patronuses (is that the plural) and I'm enjoying it as much as the kids!

Magna Mon 19-Nov-12 22:40:04

Thank you Helen for updating thanks

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Mon 19-Nov-12 22:41:05

Thanks for the update! smile

gazzalw Tue 20-Nov-12 07:09:40

Looking forward to our 15 minutes of fame ;-)! Also looking forward to working out who's who from those who attended!

clux73 Tue 20-Nov-12 07:25:37

Thanks Helen. So relieved it worked out ok in the end!

gazzalw Thu 22-Nov-12 12:05:09

I see the video is on the site now - DD got 1 second of fame ;-)

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Thu 22-Nov-12 17:36:26

Ooh where?

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Thu 22-Nov-12 17:41:35

http://www.mumsnet.com/microsites/book-of-spells

Found it!

Doogle2 Thu 22-Nov-12 19:51:00

Man alive all that video stress and we didn't even feature! Hope I can delete the app and videos now as they are taking up lots of memory. envy

clux73 Thu 22-Nov-12 20:20:15

I was just thinking exactly the same Doogle!!

mumdad2kidsandadog Thu 22-Nov-12 21:18:17

DD is so happy that her artwork made the video. They are both in it quite a bit (the 2 at the tube station and playing the game). I even caught a glimpse of the back of my head.
smile

NotQuintAtAllOhNo Fri 23-Nov-12 11:04:23

Good to see they could use some of the footage.
My son cast the traffic spell on the way in...
And my youngest is the blond boy in blue sweater trying to catch the fish flying around! grin

hattifattner Wed 28-Nov-12 20:33:43

we also did not feature! Clearly my child is not cute enough (sob). Either that or my camera work needs attention....

Hulababy Wed 28-Nov-12 20:40:05

So glad to read all these good reviews. My parents have bought it for DD for Christmas and I am sure she will love it.

Dontbesodramatic Fri 30-Nov-12 19:58:28

Q1 Did you and your family enjoy the event? What was the best bit?

A1 We had a great time. The playstation guys were great and DD was really pleased she got to take part.

Q2 Thinking about the Wonderbook: Book of Spells game - what do you like most about it? What did your children like most about it?

A2 I really like that it is unisex and non violent and can be played together as a family.DD likes that she can play by herself.

Q3 Once you've had a chance to play the game as a family at home, please can you tell us how you found it - have you played together as a family much?

We've played together a few times and really enjoyed it.

Q4 Do you think Book of Spells would make a good Christmas present for children? If so, what age group do you think it appeals to most?

If I bought this for DDit would e very well received. The fact that it is tied in with Harry Potter makes it very desirable.

Q5 Has playing Wonderbook: Book of Spells changed your perception of PlayStation 3 at all? If so, how?

I thought Playstation was all Fifa and formula One. Will stop and look at the games a bit closer now that we hhave a PS3.

Q6 What were your/your family's thoughts on Wonderbook: Book of Spells? Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, are undecided, disagree or strongly disagree:
a. The game was easy to pick up and play
Agree
b. The gameplay experience wasn't intimidating
Agree
c. My child was reading the words that lifted off the page
Agree
d. My child picked up what to do very quickly
Agree
e. My child really enjoyed the experience
Agree
f. My child was surprised by the game play experience
Agree

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Tue 04-Dec-12 16:29:37

Just a question, DD says the controller isn't responding properly. I'll get DH to look on the weekend when he's home, but if it (or indeed any of the kit) is faulty, how do we go about replacing under warranty? Thanks.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-Dec-12 15:08:53

Elf - I'll ask and get back to you...

Elfontheshelfiswatchingyou Wed 05-Dec-12 21:02:53

Thank you. I'll bump you up the good list. smile

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