Clueless me had no idea how excited the kids would be over the XBox 360 Game, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. As soon as I told them we were getting the game for review, they began chatting non-stop about Spyro. Clearly I have been living under a rock, as I was totally unaware of this Spyro phenomenon.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been thoroughly educated on all things Skylanders. The game Skylanders by Activision is very unique in that it cannot be played without the Skylanders Figurines. Physically placing the figure on the Portal peripheral that comes with the starter set, puts the game into motion. There are 30 characters available for the game, while three figurines came with the starter pack. Each figurine has unique elements and strengths. Additional abilities are earned as you play. The characters can even be swapped out mid game.
Skylanders is a co-op game, reminiscent of the the old Sega games I loved as a kid like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Golden Axe. I like this much better than the split player screen in many of the games we own. While playing Skylanders your character will encounter great adventure and many enemies as you visit castles, pirate ships and dangerous forests. The game is very colorful with amazing graphics.
The Portal of Power peripheral can be plugged into your PC with the USB cable. There you can create your own world and build up your characters strength and abilities, which will transfer to the game console. I love this feature of the game!
Expect nothing less from Skylanders than action packed adventure that the whole family will enjoy. Eleven year old Maddie is wild about this game and her fourteen year old brother, who is an advanced gamer, enjoys playing it with her. This is one of the few games where their Dad is eager to get in a little play time.
The starter pack includes a game copy, 3 Skylanders (Spyro, Trigger Happy and Gill Grunt), Portal of Power peripheral, character poster, trading cards, sticker sheet, web codes and batteries. Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is available for XBox 360, Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, PC, and Nintendo 3DS.
I highly recommend this very cool game as something that the entire family will enjoy. We are in search of the remaining 27 characters which may prove to be a bit costly, but worth it in my opinion for the many hours of entertainment and enjoyment we will get from this game.
Skylanders can currently be found at Target, Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.