Reviews and Problems with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
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Toy figurines become characters in exciting action game.
Common Sense Media
31 December 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is an action adventure game set in a colorful fantasy/sci-fi universe with frequent cartoony violence. The game is connected to a portal-like device where kids place real toy figures to play. The characters that appear in the game are dependent entirely upon the Skylanders toy figures that you own.
Excerpt: Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is the first game of the successful franchise. Several changes have been made since with it's successors. This is the only game in the series to offer a wireless Portal of Power. The PC version of the game does not require a portal of power and computer versions have not been been made after this title.
Pros: Innovative gameplay and the figures are fun to play with offline too
Excerpt: Skylanders Spyro's Adventure won an E3 Bronze Medal in the Most Innovative Technology category. This little idea is very impressive from a marketing stand point. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure comes with a platform, and three figures. Put the figure on the platform, and they are instantly transported inside the game. You can take that same figure to a friends house. It will work across platforms as well. Say they have the Xbox 360 version, and you have the Wii version.
Conclusion: Concept: Take Spyro and a host of Skylanders heroes on a quest that resembles a kid-oriented Diablo with some light puzzle solving and action sequences
Graphics: It’s not the most ambitious game, but Skylanders’ colorful graphics will bring you back to the PSone/N64 era
Sound: An amazing score that could hold its own against many CG animated films
Playability: The basic gameplay is solid, with varied play styles and interesting combat upgrades for each character...
Summary: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is a near-perfect conceptual marriage of toys and video games. While wallets may shudder at the thought of throwing down potentially lots and lots of money for the complete experience, what you get out of the box is a well-crafted adventure and world that kids of all ages can be excited about.
Excerpt: Come on now, Activision. We're not stupid. Gimmick aside, Skylanders is indeed a strong action-adventure game with great co-op and an infectious personality. But it's the game's Portal Of Power accessory that is both its unique selling point and the worst thing about it.