Skylanders (Series) Review
Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 7 months ago.
Author: Andy Robertson.
The novelty is that the toy figure not only looks great and unlocks content in the game, but it also remembers the players progress. While playing you place the figure on a round plinth that plugs into the console and automatically brings it into the game.
There are a series of Skylanders games that added a novelty each year. The newer games can use the older figures:
- Skylanders Spyro's Adventure
- Skylanders Giants introduced large Giant toys and game characters in 2012.
- Skylanders Swap Force introduced mix and match character torso's and legs in 2013.
- Skylanders Trap Team introduced collectable crystals that let players capture and play as enemy characters in 2014
- Skylanders SuperChargers added toy racing vehicles and kart-racing modes in 2015.
- Skylanders Imaginators added characters you could create yourself from parts you won in the game in 2016.
The game is available on different systems. The Skylanders toy figures work on all the systems interchangeably. Console and PC are main versions, but there was a full version on iOS for Trap Team that comes with its own Bluetooth portal peripheral. Similarly, there are 3DS versions that come with a portable version of the portal peripheral.
Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You could play with up to two players who shared the screen on one console. You could get through the game in around 8 hours, but with the extra characters and areas unlocked this will take much longer.
You can unlock characters, levels and vehicles in the game by purchasing physical smart toys and using them on the "Portal".
The Wii has a few helpful settings, like disable rumble, but you have to use gesture controls for most games and the system menu. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.
The following games are like Skylanders. They address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to Skylanders for younger age ratings.
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