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Skylanders Spyros Adventure

 

 

SCORE: 81

 

Skylanders Spyros Adventure 

 

Some people might think that I would have enough Spyro after playing the Wii version of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. Yet I found myself very interested in playing the Nintendo 3DS version of the game. The first thing I have to let all ya'll know is the figures that come with the Nintendo 3DS version are compatible with the other versions. Oh yeah. So families can play with a character on the 3DS, and then transfer the characters levels to the Wii, Playstation 3, and/or Xbox 360 versions. or vice versa. I love this level of interactivity.

Graphically speaking Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is a mixed bag. First off the graphics do not compete with the home console versions. But the 3D effects in the 3DS version look nice. Especially when I was running away from the screen. It helped me place platforms I was jumping on. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure includes a fair amount of hack and slash. There are puzzle elements but generally there are less in this version.

One thing I am not fond of in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is the timer. A bad guy will appear and start a timer if you take too long in a level. Let it get too low and he starts to throw lightning at you. That will really ruin your day after working so hard to acquire everything in a level just to come up short near the end.

I like the music in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. The humor is not present in the 3DS version, but this is a hand held version after all. The special effects are generally good. Expect to hear a lot of bashing and crashing sounds as your character decimates many enemies who happen to look the same. Thankfully they change a little in future worlds.

I love how Skylanders Spyro's Adventure lets us transport characters from the 3DS to the home console versions. This adds all kinds of possibilities. Especially when it comes to getting additional elemental types. Thanks to having two versions of the game, we have five of the eight elemental types. There are enough worlds and levels in the 3DS version to warrant the cost of admission.

The Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is a little more difficult. With rotating platforms, double jumps, and that timer - expect to die. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is very nice to players by only taking away some points, and leveling up happens quickly. Also items collected are kept. So I may die getting something, but I get to keep it. That is the kind of a trade off I appreciate.

The Skylanders are on a quest to stop the darkness. I appreciate how they stand up to the evil. Ultimately Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is about leveling up, and using different characters. The 3DS version lets a family member take two with them at once. Going back to the main area is where Skylanders can be changed.

I am curious to see how Skylanders Spyro's Adventure does this Christmas shopping season. The concept behind this franchise is very interesting. I love the interactivity between the versions of the game. I hope to see sequels in the future. It was an honor for me to play and review this hand held title.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 73%
Sound: 84%
Replay/Extras: 87%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Activision
R
ating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence}

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