Game Spotlight: Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

When I first saw Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, I was a little skeptical. After doing some research and briefly playing the Wii version, I was pleasantly surprised. Spyro has returned and it is now on ever console.

Spyro was originally targeted towards the 10-16 age group, and it was great for this age group in the late 90’s and it continues on today. Those of us that played Spyro early on, and fell in love with the cute purple dragon who took us on magical adventures, we stuck with Spyro through the PS2 games and more recent Nintendo DS games. Now it doesn’t matter what system you use, there’s a Spyro for that.

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is the first game to conquer two of the most challenging frontiers in the gaming world. First, Skylanders is the first game to deliver a cross-platform experience seamlessly through all gaming systems. Whether you choose Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Sony Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac, or simply the Web via Skylanders Spyro’s Universe; not only is there a version of the game for you, there is also a way to transform your character to any new system, no hard drive required.

So now not only can you cross platforms, but you can also bring your toys (or action figures, as we adults tend to call them) to life! There are figures that stand for each of the 30 characters that you place on a Portal of Power to put them into the game, and the “toys” save your gameplay. What this means is that you can take one of your figures, place it on the Portal of Power for any system and play your character from the stats you left off at, no matter what system you normally play on. To make this simpler, the “toys” are small hard drives for each character that will cross any current platform.

To dive briefly into the storyline, the 30 characters(including the favorite, Spyro) are protectors of this amazing, mysterious world, but they have been kicked out by a Portal Master named Kaos. So now they are frozen in our world as Toys. Only you, as the role of Portal Master, can get them back into their world. You do this by embarking on a fantastical journey where you will explore mythical lands, battle menacing, outlandish creatures, collect treasures, and solve challenging puzzles as a part of the quest to save their world.

You use a plastic Portal of Power that is specific to each console and you place the Toys on it to use them in game, when you wish to change characters you simply change the Toy on the Portal. The Toy then saves the character’s stats until the next time you need him.

After some quick one on one time with the Wii version, I think it is a genius idea to keep this generation of “right now” kids focused on a game for more than a few days. Not only can you keep adding new characters buy purchasing figures until you have all 30, but kids can also play their characters online through Skylanders Spyro’s Universe. Check back next week for a full in depth review of the Xbox version of the game and some character spotlights.

On Black Friday, you can get your Starter Kit at Walmart for $49.99 when it is regularly $69.99. In the Starter Kit you will get the video game, three figures(Trigger Happy, Spyro, and Gill Grunt), the system specific Portal of Power, a character poster(so you can keep up with the characters you need to collect), trading cards for your 3 figures, a sticker sheet, web codes, and batteries for the Portal of Power!