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Skylanders Spyros Adventure

 

 

SCORE: 82

 

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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. The Skylanders can interact thanks to the platform.

If you have looked at your local retail chain that has this game you will also noticed additional figures. This is where the marketing comes into play. There are many more characters that can be purchased. Certain elemental types are needed to access certain areas of the game. So if you want to access those area you need to go and purchase one of those types. I do not see a collect them all mentality about Skylanders Spyro's Adventure though. Once you have the elemental type you need there is no reason to purchase more of the same type.

What is eye opening is some of the types. There are tech, magic, water, fire, mountain, undead, air, and plant. I am not sure how tech and undead are elemental types. There are over thirty Skylanders to collect. At the time of writing this review three of them together sell for twenty dollars,and one alone sells for eight dollars.

The world of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is bright and colorful. Many of the characters are very pleasant. The enemies look mean, and I had few problems with destroying them, This is where the violence comes into play. Players use various weapons in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure to knock out enemies. They vanish in a puff, and leave behind a collectible.

Patrick Warburton voices a prominent character in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. It was a pleasant surprise to hear his jokes as I played this home console video game. The music in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is very epic. I felt like I was on a grand quest fighting off the darkness. I was not the only member of Family Friendly Gaming who found humor in this game. Others were laughing as they listened as well.

How much replay you get out of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure depends on how much money you sink into it. I calculate for just over one hundred dollars you can purchase the game, and one of each type. Two family members can battle characters in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure which will also increase the replay. These are gladiator style battles.

I am amazed at the technology of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. Want to swap players? Just take one off the platform, and pop another one on. The game quickly registers this change, and brings in the new character. We found an easy place to put the platform - bear in mind it does take up some space. The puzzle solving mixed with hack and slash is okay in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. The core of this game is using different characters. Kids will have their favorites.

The ESRB gave Skylanders Spyro's Adventure an 'E10+' rating for everyone ten years and older. What is interesting is the box has a 6+ marking right next to the warning label for children under three. Not sure what that is about, but I would recommend following the ESRB's warning label at a minimum.

The world of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is full of magic, and floating islands. There are witches, and other such evil characters. I am not big on the undead types or the lesson in getting them before they get me. The exploration is fun, and so are solving the puzzles. I enjoyed playing Skylanders Spyro's Adventure. I am curious if there will be additional games that use this technology.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 74%
Sound: 86%
Replay/Extras: 87%
Gameplay: 92%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Xbox 360/Wii/PS3
Publisher: Activision
R
ating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone 10+
{Cartoon Violence}

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