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PROS: - My daughter absolutely loved Skylanders. She was glued to it. For at least 3 years, she played Skylanders for at least an hour every single day. Whenever a new iteration came out, she had to have it. The top of the long shelving unit that ran across the oversized desk in our library was wall-to-wall Skylanders. We always knew what to get her for every gift-giving occasion.
CONS: - Then one day she stopped playing on a dime because of the violence involved, even though good always wins. - The major drawback to Skylanders is that this is the gift that keeps on giving - in reverse. You’re not just going to be buying a video game. You’re going to be buying many many figures and other trinkets. We’re easily into this for over a thousand dollars! Not bad for one video game. This was the first game to make this leap. After that, Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions got in on the act. It’s brilliant from a corporate perspective. Not so much from a consumer perspective.
THE KID SAYS: This game was absolutely revolutionary. The idea of being able to take real life toys and put them into video games was a phenomenal one indeed. Making them collectibles was especially good from a marketing standpoint, and giving every character unique backstories was a surefire way to guarantee that people would actually want to collect them all. Enjoyed playing.
BOTTOM LINE: Excellent game good for many many hours of gameplay. Just know what you’re getting into.
We have found this game to be surprisingly fun. We like co-op games and the co-op is well done. The switching out of characters if you want is easy and smooth without confusing the game. You CAN finish the whole game with the base starter set characters. Yes, there are areas you cannot go or sometime there may be a puzzle to do something another character could just do, but it works. Some characters are more powerful in some areas or have things they can open other elements cannot. These never stop progress but they add extras. the characters can be found all over the place for cheap and all older characters work in the newer games. All newer bases work with older games. Older bases cannot run the new game and I think new characters cannot go into older games but the characters and bases move forward from the original to the most current.
Note: my seller actually sent just the figures not the starter pack I wanted - check the specific seller listing carefully, do not order without looking. Amazon of course fixed it no problem but it was frustrating
Santa got this for the two boys in our house. So far it's been a hit. Needless to say this is a boon for Activision because once you start playing you see why you need all the figurines. As you work through the chapters you lose characters (they need to "rest"). As the body count mounts up, you need replacement soldiers to complete the level, else you're done. So the more guys you buy, the more lives you get. Further, the levels will tell you what type of character does best in a given situation. So if an earth guy does better you're going to want earth guys on-hand. So now we probably need to get one of each type at least in order to move forward!
Very sneaky, Activision!
Aside from the clever marketing, one other criticism: the characters can't jump. Ever since Pitfall, your guy on screen can jump, but not here. But you do get 2 attack modes, and you can buy a third as well from the stores that somehow pop up.
As a grown-up I was able to play without reading the directions for a time, until I got to Skystones and my kid had to clue me in on how to win. Early on I was winning through pure dumb luck but down the road that doesn't cut it anymore (like life, amirite?).
The other minigame where you rotate a table to move a ball was fun and an ego-boost when it told me I achieved a perfect score. That made up for the Skystone incident...
Another really cool thing is that even if the Wii is in standby mode the portal stays lit. Also, when you put a giant on the portal it lights up too. I don't know if there are internal batteries or what.
Ok, here's the big downside I'm seeing so far. When playing two players the software gets confused easily. When placing a second character on the portal it will tell you you have too many guys on the portal, unless the player two pressed "A" on the controller. So just walking up and putting a new guy on the portal is a no-go. Also, we found somehow during this process that a player gets removed from the game. So when you do things right and add a second Skylander it still says you have too many players. And then when you think you've solved this, then you find (in the heat of battle no less) that the two players have swapped Skylanders somehow! We butchered a few Skylanders this way since we were cross-controlling the wrong guy. Now I caveat this with the "I didn't read the directions in the manual" excuse but we DID follow the on-screen directions and prompts which seen more than adequate, and this continues to be a problem occasionally. First time out of the box, player management was a HUGE problem but we're learning the ropes and life is good.
All in all, I can see why this franchise is successful, and we look forward to buying more games so we can use our small army of figurines. Given all the imagination Activision has placed in the ones we have so far, we can see lots of cool possibilities down the road!
This is a great game for children and adults, kids can put these action figures and bring them to life in the game. I think that is cool! The only disappointment is that you only get 3 action figures, Cynder (undead), Tree Rex (Life) and Jet Vac (Air). In order to get full use of the game you need fire, water, tech, earth and magic for some parts of the game. It doesn't stop you from finishing the game, just you will not get to play those areas. It is a 2 player game, and it has story mode and battle mode. Battle mode is 2 player only, story mode is 1 or 2 players. All in all graphics are great, and story is great so far, since I haven't finished the game myself. I would recommend this game, it is fun and you want to keep playing.
Well, in rating the game itself, I would say that it is fun for my boys (5 and 7) to play. However, I am not a huge fan of the marketing ploy by Activision to only allow certain parts of the game to be unlocked with certain character types. This is a boon for Activision, as they sell many of the add-on characters, but the $10-$12 per character sticker price is somewhat ridiculous.
That being said, the game is great for kids between 5-10 years old, after that, I think that most kids will have become interested in other gaming options. It is not too hard for kids to follow the plot line and different levels, which is great, because there are so many apps and games that require some help from mom and dad (and even then it might be too much to ask from either of them). This game was well developed, but be ready for your kids to start asking you to buy an increasing amount of add-on characters every time they go to the store...
My kids only recently discovered the Skylander's Giants game...and they love it. There are lots of different characters with different abilities and weaknesses, so they like playing the game over and over with different characters from different classes. There are a few classes (air, magic, life,...) and each class has one giant and a handful of other characters, so there is a lot of entertainment value in this game. It's not like some video games where it's exactly the same every time.
Our kids are addicted! They definitely found a great way to make money on this game :) .... but it is a fun game for the whole family. My son is in school and his friends will bring their players over or he will bring his there. New skylanders make for great gift ideas, and we (for the first time) have to limit play because they could sit and play it for hours. Watch the characters you buy now though because swap force is out and not all characters will work on this unless they say they are compatible. Also, make sure characters are not played with outside of the game. We figured that they obviously weren't meant to be played with as figurines, but we have a one year old who has gotten a hold of them a couple times and jet vac has some troubles working after a few run ins with our littlest man.