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Cordova, TN; November 24, in the year of our Lord 2016--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is acknowledging the struggle of good over evil in Skylanders. The recent release of Skylanders Imaginators has the industry all abuzz. The originator of the toy to video game genre has come on strong in 2016. Gamers, families, and kids over the age of ten are enjoying Skylanders Imaginators on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Previous Skylander characters work with Skylanders Imaginators. There are new characters in the form of Sensei Masters. There are also Imaginators which families can create their very own Skylander in game character. There are plenty of cool things in Skylanders Imaginators. Is there any bad?

Skylanders video games have a lot of humor in them. Skylanders video games have the concept of good defeating evil. Evil tries over and over again in the Skylanders video games. Evil loses each and every time the family members defeat it. Families can level up their Skylanders to defeat Kaos in Skylanders Imaginators. Two family members cooperate together in Skylanders Imaginators. They work together to defeat the bad guys, and to solve the puzzles. Skylanders Imaginators lets families use their imagination in creating their own in game characters. Skylanders Imaginators is a game that is easy to pick up and play. Skylanders Imaginators even has drop in and drop out play for the second family member.

Skylanders Imaginators has some issues that will concern some families. There is magic, the undead, violence, and the cost of purchasing additional Skylander characters. We found out at Family Friendly Gaming that the end boss was a war of attrition. We had enough Skylanders to beat Kaos. Families who are not blessed with as many Skylanders may find the end boss to be tough to defeat. Kaos even ate through our power houses of Tree Rex and Trigger Happy. Deuteronomy 18:10-12 is one of the many verses in the Holy Bible that tell us to avoid magic. Leviticus 19:31 is another verse that comes to mind. Matthew 26:52 tells us the price of violence. We do have plenty of times where Skylanders need to rest in Skylanders Imaginators. This home console video game is rated E10+ for Everyone ten and older only. The ESRB does not think nine year olds and under should play Skylanders Imaginators.

It is advisable to look for sales when purchasing any toy to life franchise. Black Friday’s usually have amazing sales for Skylanders. I expect 2016 will be no different. The undead characters and sections of Skylanders Imaginators can be avoided. If the undead bother your family, then do not purchase those characters and your kids can not get into those areas. The humor in Skylanders Imaginators is exceptional. The violence in Skylanders Imaginators is not that realistic. Characters mainly feint in Skylanders. The cartoon characters make me think more of Looney Tunes than real world violence. The cooperation in Skylanders Imaginators is one of the reasons we enjoy it here at Family Friendly Gaming.
-Paul Bury

As a Christian, I give thought to the various factors in the Skylander games that might give some pause. While enjoying the series, I recognize where it could improve. Certain elements, undead especially, are ones I tend to avoid. With Skylanders Imaginators, the Dark element has now come to the fore as well. I'm grateful that these different elements are optional, so we can pick and choose - like Paul, I'm a fan of the "Tech" Trigger Happy. Still, I would never try to impose my conscience on others, if they decided to pass on the series due to such things.

Solomon penned "there is not an entirely new thing under the sun." (Eccl 1:9) Yet, when reflecting on what positive feature(s) to write about regarding Skylanders Imaginators, I wanted to try and focus on something that felt fresh. The game has a lot of aspects that are pluses for FFG, yet many of these have been there since the series debuted. Bright and colorful visuals, a cheerful audio package, and high replay value, just to name a few. In the end, I chose to briefly discuss an area that, while perhaps not jumping out at you initially, is something that stood out to me.

More than any of its predecessors, Skylanders Imaginators promotes sharing. While the Bible places emphasis on sharing in spiritual matters, there's plenty of instances for practical matters as well. How can this apply to Skylander titles, Imaginators especially? The games have always been fun to play with another cooperatively (a notable FFG plus) but Imaginators takes it a step further. It's a progressive sign of growing, one I first noticed when Swap Force started spreading health and money between both players. Now, Imaginators actually alternates player turns for normally solo mini-games, like the Sky Stones variant and door unlock puzzles, lessening potential conflicts over whose turn it is to play. Coupled with a more generous range of movement to keep players less tethered, it makes for an experience that (issues and all) is even more fun to share with a friend!
- Good-Natured Gamer


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