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PROS: - My daughter absolutely loved Skylanders. She was glued to it. For at least 3 years, she played Skylanders for at least an hour every single day. Whenever a new iteration came out, she had to have it. The top of the long shelving unit that ran across the oversized desk in our library was wall-to-wall Skylanders. We always knew what to get her for every gift-giving occasion.
CONS: - Then one day she stopped playing on a dime because of the violence involved, even though good always wins. - The major drawback to Skylanders is that this is the gift that keeps on giving - in reverse. You’re not just going to be buying a video game. You’re going to be buying many many figures and other trinkets. We’re easily into this for over a thousand dollars! Not bad for one video game. This was the first game to make this leap. After that, Disney Infinity and Lego Dimensions got in on the act. It’s brilliant from a corporate perspective. Not so much from a consumer perspective.
THE KID SAYS: This game was absolutely revolutionary. The idea of being able to take real life toys and put them into video games was a phenomenal one indeed. Making them collectibles was especially good from a marketing standpoint, and giving every character unique backstories was a surefire way to guarantee that people would actually want to collect them all. Enjoyed playing.
BOTTOM LINE: Excellent game good for many many hours of gameplay. Just know what you’re getting into.
This was a Christmas present for my 9 year old (girl) and 7 year old (boy). In addition to the basic game pack, I bought them separate figures. The basic game pack includes 3 characters, but there are over dozens of other characters that can be purchased separately or in packs of 3. My order on amazon.com was processed quickly, and the game arrived in 4 days using standard shipping to Florida.
The game is very fun, and allows 2 players to select their character of choice and place on the portal (which is connected to the Wii using a wireless USB antenna that is included with the portal), at which time they are transported into the game. However, if the character dies during the game, you have to swap them off the portal with another character. Each character has an element that they represent, so some areas of the game are inaccessible unless my kids are using the correct character. In addition, each character has different strenght, defense, speed, and powers...making each character unique in their own way.
So far, my kids have had a great time playing the game. I would highly recommend buying a few more characters, as my kids have really enjoyed the ability to swap out the characters for those with different powers or attributes.
***UPDATE*** Based on continued gameplay, my 9 years old had the following comments: I think Skylanders is a realy fun game. You can collect differnt skylanders and trade them with your friends.In this game you can colloct mony and upgrade your skylanders.Skylanders can move up levels by defetting foes. You also can use a skylander on any game system. If you have a Wii but your friends have a Playstation or XBox, the characters will work on any of them. But the thing is when a skylander dies on a level you can't play that skylander again until you either start the level again or you quit the level. Other then that I think skylanders is a great game.
This was a Christmas present for my son who is going on 9. He had been begging for it as soon as he saw the first Skylanders set. So on Christmas morning when he opened this present he was besides himself. Didn't want to finish opening his other presents because he HAD to play it right then. Of course being the mean parents we are we made him open the rest first. :)
The concept of the game itself is really amazing. The graphics are great and it's a game that kids can figure out on their own which as any parents can attest to is wonderful. Last thing you want is a game that you end up playing half of it because they are confused.
This particular starter pack comes with the game, three figures (Which are your players in the game) and the portal of power. The portal of power is a stand that reads which figure you are going to use and transports them into the game. A small USB device comes with the game which you plug into the back of the wii system which allows the portal and the game system to communicate.
Each figure or "player" brings a specific talent to the game. They can be switched out at anytime if one is more suitable to get through a challenge then another. Which I will warn parents of more then one child that a sibling will find it funny to switch out a player while the other one plays to hear them get angry. There are TONS of different figures or "players" out there which you can buy for things as treats for good grades or birthday's which opens more games and brings new talents. So while your child might play through the game with say Spyro they can play a different game or the same game again with a different figure.
One added thing I love about the game is that the characters get tire. They will come on the screen and tell the player they need a rest which means it's time to turn off the game. Which forces your child to take a break for a while. Now I am sure you can just turn off the game system and turn it back on and they are ready to go again but my son has not thought of that yet so it works great for us.
So if you are trying to decide to pay this much for a game or even if this is the game for you I would give my recommendation and would assure you that you will not be disappointed.
This is one great game! I keep seeing how the game and all of its parts are so expensive! Let me tell you.. all you really need is one character from every group so in reality you need 6 or 7 monsters, now if you get the starter pack that gives you three, so a few more is all that is needed. If you have a person (child or adult) that likes to play or is just started video gaming this game is great for them. The graphics are wonderful and the voices are good, Patrick Warburton who did the voice for Kronc is the voice of Flynn and he really does a fine job. I was intrigued by this whole concept from the moment I saw it in the stores before Christmas (when the shelves were loaded with characters) and I really wanted to give it a go, so I bought two of them for Valentines Day, one for me and one for my honey.... he really is enjoying it, first he said the game is entertaining, second he loves us spending time together, and third he loves being able to change out the character when he chooses.. of course this leads to "honey who ya got over there" as he takes out all of his people. This would be a great birthday gift especially if others are in on it and can get the other figures.. you could make it a Skylander Birthday party!! I think this game is a great way to connect with your kids, boys and girls alike would enjoy this game and if you learn which characters do what in the game and why they are so important your kids would talk to you endlessly. So if you are looking for something for family time or a special gift ... give this one a go!
What an excellent game for kids. My 9yr old immediately fell in love with the characters that I bought in addition to the package here. Honestly I had no idea what I was buying, thought it was just a basic Wii game with a few toys.
The concept of changing characters and gadgets with the wireless platform stand is genius, especially if you want to make a load of money! Your kids can "collect them all"! At your expense of course.
I am okay with this, because it is a great toy that brings hours of pleasure for my girl. Much better than a game that costed 50 bucks, then it's over in 3 days because she won it. This game continues on with the adventure much longer.She is looking forward to getting more of the Skylanders.
Your child can go online to play there with the platform/characters as well. Each character comes with a code card for the internet game, best to use that to save battery power for the platform, don't throw it away , it's in the packaging, I almost did and had to dig out of the garbage.
This was a gift for my 15 yr old son for Christmas. He had grown tired of the Wii games he had and the addition of this game was just the ticket. He has had a great time playing this game and enjoys the fact that you can expand upon the experiences and levels by adding new characters, etc. He also DIS-likes this game because the ONLY way to expand upon the experiences / levels in the game is by HAVING TO BUY said additional characters :D
That being said, I have enjoyed watching his enthusiasm (as well as his two little sisters ages 5 and 8) whenever they play. The fact that you can upgrade each character's abilities and this info is saved seemed to please him immensely. They have also had fun with switching the players at will in the middle of the game.
I would definitely buy this again and recommend to those with kids who like to play this type of game. My only warning to you is to expect your child to plead for new characters on a regular basis.
While it's a little hard to take the dive into the Skylanders franchise (those characters are expensive!), this is a really fun game to play and to watch. There's great voicework (Patrick Walburton, anyone?), lush world development, and music that isn't annoyingly repetitive (I'm looking at you, Sonic Colors). Comes with three starter figures and you can find others at Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, even JC Penney. Amazon, of course, has figures and expansion game packs (such as Pirate of the Seas). If you're trying to decide between this one and the newest Skylander Giants game, the only word of advice is that not all the Giants characters will play on the Spyro's Adventure game. Look on the character packaging for symbols that indicate which games it will play on. All the Spyro characters will play in the Giants game, as I understand it.
My two girls and I love playing this game. The story is excellent. Patrick Warburton as Flynn is awesome, especially as the ending credits are playing. Actually, there are a lot of great characters in this game. The challenges are of medium-to-high difficulty. We really enjoy, not only the concept that you have a toy that enters the game world, but the fact that you can carry the toy, along with it's experience, to another game. We have given this starter pack to some of our friends so our kids can come over with their favorite characters and play. Skylanders is not overtly violent or bloody, but there's plenty of fighting and shooting. The story (Joel Cohen) and the design of the different worlds really makes it. Not sure what the game designers have against sheep...