Disclaimer: I received product in compensation from Activision in exchange for my honest opinion in this review. All opinions are my own. Screenshots are courtesy of Game Informer.com and Game.co.uk, the other photos were taken by me.
This game is more than kid friendly. My toddler loves to ask when she can swap the characters on the portal. When I tell her to, she does it with ease. The characters are lightweight and sit perfectly on the portal. Very easy to swap them out in the middle of the game. When you take the character off of the portal the game goes to a pause screen and tells you to place your next Skylander on. It’s your choice what one to choose and whether you want to swap out the top or bottom of the ones that allow that feature. Once you place the character on the portal they come to life on screen. It’s interesting to see how each one has a different power and how they utilize that power. My toddler enjoys swapping them out every few seconds (against my wishes sometimes), and to hear their unique individual quote as they appear on screen.
Each Skylander has their own magical power. Whether it’s earth, wind, water, magic or even fire (there are many more than just those mentioned), they also have other unique abilities as well. Some have two abilities at the same time! That could be the water and climb ability put together. When you reach certain spots in the level you can veer off and use a different Skylander to access the area. This is exciting for me and my daughter as we can use some Skylanders that we haven’t used before.
My toddler tried to play the game and couldn’t understand the concept of moving the character around and jumping onto the next bridge without falling off. The only thing she could understand was moving the character around and if they feinted and the portal asked for a new one she got frustrated. The gameplay for ages 6+ would be more understandable as easy. It’s very child friendly as far as the movement and jumping as well as the attack button goes. There is no blood on the game and although some of the characters attack with fire and weapons, the enemies light up red as you attack them so you can’t truly see that they’re getting hurt. It’s much less violence than many of the games you see out there today. Again, the buttons are easy to understand and once you try out the combos a couple times it’s very easy.
Bright, crystal clear and pleasant. The colors are not in your face and irritating. They are definitely child friendly too. My daughter loves to sit and watch me play the game. Each character has their unique coloring and when you add a hat they all appear on the head differently. The hats have special abilities added to your character’s current ones including enhancing their health or power. It’s hard to tell the difference between gameplay and the CGI videos, which there aren’t many of. You can guarantee the graphics are fun to play through and are not harsh on the eyes at all.
If you are looking for a fun, adventurous game to play with your children or to introduce video games to your child without the blood, gore and horrible violence, this is the game for you. Plus, your child will love the different characters you can get in three packs or single packs. Or if you’re an adult you’ll love them even more as collectors items. Sadly, you do have to take them out of the packaging in order to use them. You’ll enjoy Skylanders no matter what age you are. From ages six up to a million. I personally am addicted to the game play and the unique characters. The portal is even more fun with different figures to put on it! Did I mention you can master the portal after completing so much in game? Yeah! What’s not to love about a game that features so much more than just the story line and some great graphics?
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