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Video GameSkylanders (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.

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. Its portal had a speaker that created a great trapping audio effect.
  • Skylanders SuperChargers added toy racing vehicles and kart-racing modes in 2015. Only Skylanders with Online Multiplayer (Xbox One, Wii U and PlayStation 4).
  • Skylanders Imaginators added characters you could create yourself from parts you won in the game in 2016.

The Starter Packs for each game provided everything you needed to complete the game, but additional areas and characters are only available by purchasing the additional toys. There were around 30 of these each year. Now the game is not being updated you can find the Skylanders toys very cheaply second hand.

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.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Price: 52% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Race and Shooting

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete. You could get through the game in around 8 hours, but with the extra characters and areas unlocked this will take much longer.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. You could play with up to two players who shared the screen on one console. Only Skylanders SuperChargers on PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One offers online multiplayer.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

 

BenefitsBenefits

This game has helped players develop their Skill as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
Invented Skylanders Chess
MAKING AND DESIGNING

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game was rated PEGI 7 with non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for General.
In the US, ESRB state: Players traverse platform environments, complete puzzles, and battle a variety of fantastical enemies along the way. Characters use punches, kicks, elemental attacks, and “cartoony” firearms (e.g., oversized blasters, missile launchers, bazookas) to defeat imps, robots, slime creatures, and boss characters. Some sequences allow players to drive a sea/air/land vehicles to shoot missiles at enemy crafts. Enemies generally disappear amid small explosions or colorful orbs when defeated. During the course of the game, players can select a flatulence sound effect that triggers when their character jumps/attacks.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. One family told us, "We loved playing Skylanders as a family, solving the puzzles and evolving the toy characters. My son played from age 4 and still plays now he's 14. The physical toys that you swap to see them change on-screen was really attention-grabbing. I was always called in for speed bits other than that was mainly watching my wife and son play together like an interactive cartoon series."

Our Game Pathways reveal how 9-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Skylanders usually costs £39.99 to £59.99. 

Skylanders Giants - Starter Pack

Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Switch

Skylanders Superchargers

Switch Store Wii U £44.99

Skylanders Superchargers Portal Owner's Pack

XBox Store Xbox One £39.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £39.99

Skylanders Swap Force - Starter Pack

Amazon Store Xbox One £59.99
Amazon Store Xbox 360 £49.99
Amazon Store PS4 £59.99
Amazon Store Wii £39.99

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack

Amazon Store Xbox 360 £49.99
Amazon Store Wii £39.99
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. You can unlock characters, levels and vehicles in the game by purchasing physical smart toys and using them on the "Portal".

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Skylanders Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@ToysForBob) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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