Back in the spring, we were at a friend’s house and my husband John and my 5-year-old son Ronin got to play Skylander Giants
for the first time. Being a game developer himself (with over 12 years industry experience), John was surprised that he hadn’t realized until then that Skylanders is exactly the type of Action RPG (Role Playing Game) he loves to play, but with the added twist that real-life character figures are a part of the game. When characters are placed on a “portal” they are transported into the interactive environment.
John was immediately drawn in. He could play the game over and over again, with entirely different gameplay for each character played. And there are A LOT of characters, each infused with loads of personality.
Plus John said, “The game is just very polished. Its got good writing, good voice acting, well done graphics, controls are crisp, cameras are well done, great level design. They hit on all cylinders when it comes to game quality. They also do a really good job of hitting all the types of gamers, from explorers, collectors, min/maxers.”
The kids (both Ronin and 3-year-old Ellie) were also entralled right away. They love the character figurines. My kids are collectors by nature, especially Ronin, so the idea of having Skylanders action figures to collect are very exciting to them.
And they play with them, A LOT, which I love. We know how often toys are purchased, played with once and then never used again. That is not the case with their Skylanders. From tea parties to other funny scenarios, they’re always using the figures for imaginative play. They also love placing them on the portal and hearing each character’s funny catch phrase.
Ronin can play the game all by himself now and really loves it. Ellie is learning the controls, and can pretty easily play battle mode against her brother. They often play the levels together and Ronin helps her along the way.
“I like when Eruptor makes fire around him and fire comes up. I like when Crusher is a rock ball. I like when Whirlwind, you hold in A and then he rolls and then its SPINS A TORNADO! ” – Ronin, 5 3/4
From Skylanders Giants site:
“Thousands of years ago, the Giants fought epic battles in Skylands but were banished to Earth. With a new threat looming, it’s time to bring them back to join forces with the Skylanders to defeat KAOS. Only you can put them on the Portal of Power® to unleash their strength in the ultimate battle to save Skylands!”
Coming soon is the new Skylanders Swap Force. It’ll be in stores October 13, 2013. Our family is definitely looking forward to it. I got so see some of the new figures last month when I was in Chicago at an event called Sweet Suite, sponsored The Big Toy Book.
From Skylanders SWAP Force site:
“Embark on a new adventure in Skylanders SWAP Force. The new game introduces the SWAP Force Skylanders characters. These Skylanders have the unique ability to mix and match their top and bottom parts to create new characters with different in-game abilities and powers. The SWAP Force Skylanders characters have the ability to mix and match their abilities and powers. Separate the sixteen figures and snap them together in new combinations to change their powers and abilities in the game. 256 unique combinations in all!”
For more info, visit www.Skylanders.com.
And now for a Skylanders Giveaway!
Enter to win a Skylanders Giants Series 2 Lightning Rod character via the Rafflecopter form below between now and September 6, 2013. Open to US and Canada!
Disclosure: I have not been compensated by Skylanders. I did attend the Sweet Suite party sponsored by The Big Toybook last month and received the Lightning Rod figure as a gift, but we already had Lightning Rod so I decided to do this giveaway. This post does include affiliate links. The opinions are as always my own.