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Video Game Review: Skylanders

Updated on July 21, 2013

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Ever heard of Skylanders? It's a video game and computer game that's way ahead of its time. I just learned about it yesterday, when my three daughters and I went on our annual toy-shopping adventure in a nearby city. When my youngest daughter picked out some funky looking plastic figures, I asked her what they were for. She replied that they were for her boys' game that they just recently got - Skylanders. I was pretty intrigued by the figures, so I got her to tell me more about the video game. The part that really fascinated me is that a player places the character on a portal, and that character is transported into the video game! How cool is that? She wrote an explanation of it for me, and it follows.

Skylanders character, Whirlwind.
Skylanders character, Whirlwind.

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Recently, my youngest son turned six. He received a good bit of money for his birthday, but not quite enough to purchase what he really wanted. Luckily, my oldest son, who's eight, received all A's on his report card and, as with every honor roll report card, was rewarded with money to purchase a new video game at the Gamestop. My sons are very close and love to play together. My boys had just enough money to purchase the Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure game for their Xbox 360. The starter pack was just under $75.00 with tax. It included the game disc, portal, and three Skylanders. They have been in Skylanders heaven ever since! They absolutely love this game!

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure was released this fall and is available for play on a variety of consoles. Originally, it was only going to be available for the Nintendo Wii, but fortunately the makers, Toys for Bob, decided to release the game for the following, as well: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPad, iPhone, the Web, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh computers. All the video games are awesome, but the 3DS version is amazing! Releasing the game this fall was a smart move because this game became an overnight sensation the minutes it hit the shelves on October 16, 2011. The timing couldn't have been more perfect with Christmas just around the corner. It's going to be one of the hottest toys for Christmas this year. It's probably best suited for children 5 and up and is rated E for everyone.

The ultimate object of the game is to save Skylands. Skylands is the land that Spyro the dragon and his many friends inhabit. However, an evil tyrant has frozen all of the inhabitants of Skyland. Not only has this horrible tyrant frozen the Skylanders, he has also banished them all to Earth. The only way to get the Skylanders back to Skyland to save their world is by placing them on the Portal of Power, which magically transports the Skylanders from this world to their own world. You will see your characters come to life on your screen after transporting them with the Portal of Power. The adventures begin in the middle of the beautiful and mystical lands of Skylands. The characters travel through Skylands and along their journey meet many friends to help them with the crucial mission of saving Skylands.

There are more than 30 Skylanders to collect to make your Skylanders' family complete, but you have the luxury of only buying the ones you want the most. Your initial purchase of the starter pack will include three Skylanders that will be sufficient to begin your quest through Skylands. You can even take your Skylanders to a friend's house. Each Skylander is compatible with each of the portals, no matter what gaming system it was purchased for. The additional characters can be purchased separately at places like Toys"R"Us , Gamestop, and Amazon. Adventure Packs are sold for around $20 and include one Skylander, a location piece, and two magic items. There are also character packs that include three Skylander characters. These packs can also be purchased for about $20. Individual Skylanders can be purchased as well and are about $8 each. Every Skylander is incredibly unique, fun to look at, and even more fun to transport to Skylands for an amazing quest. Each Skylanders character includes a trading card, sticker sheet, and web code to bring your Skylander to life online. These amazing little guys also store their own data and progress.

Skylanders video game demo:

Skylanders play:

The characters of Skyland

· Bash- rock dragon

· Boomer- green troll/throws dynamite

· Camo- plant-like dragon

· Chop Chop- skeleton warrior

· Cynder- black dragoness

· Dino-Rang- crocodile creature

· Double Trouble- tiki man

· Drill Sergeant- train-like monster

· Drobot- robot-like dragon that wears a suit

· Eruptor- lava monster

· Flameslinger- elven archer

· Flynn- transports Skylanders at beginning of game

· Ghost Roaster- skeleton ghoul

· Gill Grunt- Gillman

· Hektore- main antagonist of 3DS version

· Hex- dark elf/sorceress

· Hugo- helps repair the Core of Light

· Ignitor- knight

· Kaos- portal master/bad

· Lightning Rod- storm giant

· Moneybags- a bear who gets Spyro to pay for everything

· Persephone- fairy/allows you to upgrade abilities

· Prism Break- crystal golem

· Slam-Bam- blue yeti with four arms

· Sonic Boom- griffin

· Sparx the Dragonfly- Spyro's dragonfly and best friend

· Spyro the Dragon- dragon (main character)

· Stealth Elf- ninja

· Stump Smash- tree creature

· Sunburn- phoenix-like dragon

· Terrafin- shark creature

· Trigger Happy- gremlin with guns

· Voodoo- orc

· Warnado- blue dragon

· Wham-Shell- lobster-like creature

· Whirlwind- blue dragon

· Wrecking Ball- reptile creature

· Zap- water dragon

· Zook- plant creature

Wow! Now that's a lot of characters! Your little gamers will pick their favorite characters and have a blast playing Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

Not only are there tons of Skylanders characters, there are also location pieces and magic items to make the gaming experience even more fun. A location piece unlocks new levels with new worlds to explore when you place it on the portal. This really allows players to expand their game. The magic items are used to enhance the Skylanders' powers. You'll be amazed at the things your Skylander can do!

With such a multitude of characters, you may be wondering where you're going to store them all. Well, the perfect place to keep your Skylanders, while not in Skyland, is one of the cases made especially for them. Purchasing a Skylanders carrying case is a great idea to keep these characters safe until it's time to play again.


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      gamermonkey 5 years ago

      This is definitely something I would have been into as a kid. Collecting the interactive characters is a brilliant marketing strategy and something the kiddos will like to boot. How Pokémon hasn't really done something quite like this is a mystery. In terms of value, would you say the figures are worth the price? My gut tells me yes, considering all the money I used to spend on collecting Pokémon cards as a kid. Very intriguing and an excellent write up.

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      scott2006ad 6 years ago

      with all popularity comes a price, my grandsons are both hooked by the skylander phenomena as are thousands of others. the problems that are arising now are supply and demand to meet the needs of the playing public. stores all over the uk are struggling to meet demand and those that are lucky enough to get them are being swamped by ebay traders and such that buy all the stock to sell at vast profits on ebay. this is spoiling the enjoyment of the players as it is becoming a "pokeman" industry and the single, triple and game extension packs are becoming unreachable by the ordinary customer. why only yesterday a set of gold and silver skylanders (6 in total) sold for £830, single characters are (ordinary) going for almost triple the price. so be prepared to be patient when skylander hunting, pre-ordering seems the only way to get a reasonable price. i have yet to find a way to buy direct and beat the traders but if i do or any of you let me know and i will spread the word because i think that that would help to lower the trading prices slightly. good luck

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      really? 6 years ago

      Each character stores all the information from the game, including items, cash, and multiplayer victories; you can use them all at a friend's house just by bringing your characters along. It's ingenious and addictive

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      really? 6 years ago

      What's important to realize is that this is inaccurate. You can bring the characters to a friends house. Their stats will exist on the other wii.

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      Chris Qu 6 years ago

      It's kind of an interesting idea, and can be fun for kids. But what's important to realize is that all of the data for these characters is actually stored on the disc to begin with. Buying the figures just allows access to it. What this means is that they can't actually release new characters this way. It also means that it's possible to access the characters without the toys, if one is tech-savy enough.

      It's a novel idea though. For kids, it seems pretty cool.

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      tommy 6 years ago

      how many portals can you connect

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      lester 6 years ago


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      dweeb 6 years ago

      you guys are ignorant

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Cool, jdat! Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Acab6, my daughter said that each character stores its own memory.

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      jdatwell 6 years ago

      i know the game and it was fun. My husband and son are both crazy bout it.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Acab6, I'll ask my daughter and come back to respond.

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      Acab6 6 years ago

      I have several kids who will want to play with this. They are very possessive of their own gameplay experience. My older will not want my younger to be able to plug in a character and continue in her game. Do the characters have different memories for different player's games?

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Cool, Heather! I haven't played Skylanders yet, but 2 of my grandsons are absolutely addicted to it! Maybe they'll let their nana in on a game or two. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Heather 6 years ago

      I saw the display set up @ the local Target before it was released and did some research. I thought the game looked interesting and figured if the game was a bust at least I could collect the figures. Turns out it is the new "pokémon" in my house. As to date I have all released figures including the adventure packs. I lve this game as do the kids family game night is all of us sitting around the tv taking turns playing.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Rachael, I would have freaked out over such cool video games when I was a kid!

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      Rachael Lefler 6 years ago from Illinois

      OMG this looks so cool! I used to love Spryo games!