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Review: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Screens of Skylanders
Screens of Skylanders

When Activision announced Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, it was tough to get a gauge for what exactly the publisher was aiming for, but after extensive playtime with the game, it’s clear that this is a game that not only appeals to young gamers, but one that they will probably love.

Collect 'em, fight 'em

In the game, players take on the role of a Portal Master, who can summon one of 32 available characters to solve puzzles, battle creatures, collect treasure and more, in their journey to save the world from Kaos, your arch nemesis. And while the gameplay seems somewhat simplistic, it’s perhaps the technology involved that is most engaging.

The game comes in a starter pack that includes three action figures and a peripheral called, you guessed it, the “Portal of Power”, which connects to your system of choice. That’s right, Activision has effectively created the first true cross-platform game, as players can not only connect the device to a Wii, Xbox 360, etc., but can also transfer their character’s data over to the new console. Additionally, players can add two figures to the Portal of Power for co-op or versus play.

Each character has their primary attack, as well as a secondary one and XP is gained by defeating enemies. Upon leveling up, upgrades can be unlocked and each character produces its own special abilities. Players will likely want to replay certain levels or even the whole game with other characters just to utilize their different traits.

Final Score: 4 / 5

The game’s design is easy to look at and while each character isn’t chockfull of detail (some look pretty good, others don’t), it’s passable given the style of the game.

My only real gripe with the game, given its intended audience is the price. Coming in at $70, it’s a hefty price to pay for a children’s game, and a three-pack of figurines is another $20. Mind you, it’s not necessary to buy every figurine in order to complete the game, but it won’t be long before you start wanting more of them as you progress, which of course also means it’s pretty fun to play.

All in all, Skylanders: Skypro’s Adventure is a cool little game, that while it may fly under the radar of your average gamer, will likely garner quite a bit of attention from the little ones who happen to see it on store shelves. And that’s OK – the game works, it’s fun and can be addicting in a good way.