Excerpt: I can say that I was lucky enough to get to see the first Skylanders even before they were released. From that moment, I knew that they were going to be a huge success. The concept of merging actual toys with videogames is pure genius.
Summary: In October of 2011, developer Toys for Bob, backed by the publishing powerhouse that is Activision, released 'Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure'. It was an experiment that seamlessly blended a physical toy line with the video game universe of the same name.
Excerpt: As if the game industry had not already sucked enough money out of me – the folks at Vicarious Visions (not series originator Toys for Bob, surprisingly) have found an entirely new way to separate me from my spare cash with Skylanders Swap Force. Yes, I know that Skylanders are nothing new.
Excerpt: In the face of strong competition from Disney Infinity, Skylanders really needs to be on its A-game this year. Yet series creator Toys For Bob has taken a back seat, handing the keys to Vicarious Visions. No matter: Swap Force doesn't suffer one bit for the changeover.
Excerpt: It's not a thing. It's a Wash Buckler. When I go shopping, my local department store's toy aisle proves too tempting to avoid. Look at my life. I'm clearly still a child, but I'm bearded, and if you tried to hold me, it'd be weird.
Conclusion: Vicarious Visions sets a new bar for the Skylanders series with Swap Force. They give you more characters, better level design, improved looks and a larger library of Skylanders to play with. It's definitely the best game in the series so far.
Excerpt: is a game with the kind of ambition scarcely seen in the family market, taking the already innovative concept of bringing toys to life to new heights with the introduction of some unique mechanics.