Skylanders (Series) Review
Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.
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 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.
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Price: 74% off
Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting
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.
Skylanders Giants - Starter Pack
|SALE||PS3||£49.99||£12.99 at the moment||–|
|SALE||Wii U||£49.99||£41.11 at the moment||–|
|SALE||Wii||£39.99||£18.99 at the moment||–|
Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Switch
|SALE||Wii U||£59.99||£32.47 at the moment||–|
Skylanders Superchargers Portal Owner's Pack
Skylanders Swap Force - Starter Pack
|SALE||PS3||£49.99||£21.99 at the moment||–|
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack
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".
Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 6-12 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. 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."
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