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18 Games Like Skylanders

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.

Unfortunately Skylanders is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS5, Switch or Xbox Series. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting.

 

 

Tori

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tori combines physical and virtual play. The game comes with toys that you place on a play surface to control the game’s spaceships and catapults. Children can also create and colour their own cardboard versions of the toys and use them to control the...


New Super Lucky's Tale

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This is a platform game where you play a fox on a quest to recover pages from a magical book that will save his world. It takes gameplay in a more action-oriented direction but the islands and characters are full of quirky character and treasures like...


Anki Overdrive

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Racing

Duration: Between 12 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Anki Overdrive is a physical slot-car racing game you control with your smartphone. The cars are intelligent and follow the track so you can focus on steering them round the best racing line and triggering virtual weapons. Although discontinued,...


Beast of Balance

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This game comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top of the...


Lego Super Mario

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

Duration: Between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Lego Super Mario is a running and jumping game you play in the real world with an electronic Mario toy. A series of Lego sets provide special bricks that the Mario toy can detect. The timer starts as you move the toy through the level and trigger...


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...


Nintendo Labo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active and Puzzle

Duration: Between 12 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nintendo Labo is another game themed around physical folding, colouring and cutting. Here, though, you get a cardboard pack with the game that folds up to make objects into which you slot the screen and controllers. Whether it’s cardboard steering...


Paper Mario: The Origami King (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Paper Mario is a role-play game featuring Mario and other Nintendo characters. Although cute and cartoon-like in appearance, these games are known for the quality of writing and the well balanced and enjoyable turn-based combat.


Lego Dimensions

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Duration: Between 13 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Lego Dimensions is like other Lego games but uses real Lego sets to unlock content like Skylanders. Although it’s not being updated any longer, its interactive cooperative brick format offers a novel way to play...


Starlink: Battle for Atlas

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Starlink is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.


Disney Infinity (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Platform

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Disney Infinity is an action game with themed adventures around iconic Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters. Players unlock content in the game with physical figurines and PlaySet pieces placed onto a Base peripheral plugged into the console...


Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.


Blankos Block Party

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Creative and Open World

Duration: Between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 60 players online.

Costs: Free. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Blankos Block Party is an online game where you collect and create custom characters based on toy figurines. Along with the built-in modes of racing, platforming and shooting, you can also plug and play your own levels in a similar fashion how [link to...


Toy Story 3

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Platform

Duration: Between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Toy Story 3 (Toy Story 3: The Video Game) is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.


Okami

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Puzzle

Duration: Between 34 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Okami (Okamiden on Nintendo DS) is an unusual action-adventure. Combat is interactions are achieved with brush strokes rather than weapons. It has a unique visual style that invites you to inhabit its painted world with brushstrokes of your own. Whether...


Way Of The Passive Fist

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Rhythm

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Way Of The Passive Fist is a fighting game where you parry, dodge, dash and counter-attack to outwit and outlast your enemies rather than kill them.


Balan Wonderworld

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Balan Wonderworld is a running, jumping and exploration game where you control two characters Emma and Leo in the imaginary place called Wonderworld. The world is populated with people’s memories: happy helpful characters but also restless worries and...


Immortals Fenyx Rising

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Adventure, Fighting and Open World

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a mythical adventure game where you play Fenyx, exploring the huge open world, solving puzzles and fighting evil fantasy creatures. Fenyx is a newly winged demigod, who was prophesied to be the one to save the Greek Gods' home...


 
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Skylanders is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Skylanders in the following lists:

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 

BAFTA Nominated Games

The British Academy Games Awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding creative achievement in Games. The awards categories reflect the wealth and diversity of the games sector.

The awards started in 2004 and are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). For parents, they are a great way of discovering brilliant games to play in their family. The games included here are from the:
  • The Family Games award highlights games that will work really well for parents and children. These often include multiplayer features and feature a cast of family-friendly characters.
  • The Games Beyond Entertainment award is also of interest as this highlights more unusual games with an emphasis on storytelling that addresses topics that parents may find appealing themselves.

 

Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two seperate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or game/Anki.
 
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