Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States) is an Electronic Arts multi-platform action-adventure video game developed by KnowWonder, Warthog, Griptonite, Argonaut, Eurocom and Westlake Interactive. Philosopher's Stone was initially developed for the PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Advance and Mac OS X, and was re-made two years later for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and Nintendo GameCube.
The first version of the game was released on 15 November 2001 in North America, in Australia and Europe on 16 November and in Japan on 1 December 2003. The second version was released in North America on 9 December 2003, in Japan on 11 December and in Australia and Europe on 12 December.
The story follows protagonist Harry Potter, who discovers he is a wizard, and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he makes friends and receives magical training, and along with his friends stop Lord Voldemort from returning to power. The game received mixed reviews. Critics commented on the game's simple game play and its poor graphics (2003 versions) while others said the game's license will be the only thing to draw in fans.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone gameplay is from a third-person perspective. The player controls the character Harry Potter from a behind-the-character view.
In the Microsoft Windows and PlayStation versions, the game is played like a third-person shooter and puzzle game. It features combat with various creatures and bosses such as Lord Voldemort. The Flipendo Jinx is used on both enemies and objects around the environment. Many other spells are learned during lessons taught by the teachers around the school.