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Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure Review (Wii)
continuity has been reset, again. And the game is a different genre from the
previous continuity, again. And with the toy feature which is clearly made to
make money, people are expecting a horrible game made to promote toys.
Surprisingly, this game is good.
Spyro’s Adventure (which, for the sake of time, will be shortened to
Skylanders) is a unique game. Each copy of the game comes with a Portal of
Power and three figures, so you can play the game upon purchase. The toy
mechanic is surprisingly well done, the figures ‘remember’ what they do in the
game even if the game doesn’t. If after reaching level 10 I turn off the power,
I only lose the progress in whatever I was doing, the character is still level
10 despite the events not being saved to the system. Additionally you can put
Friends Skylander’s on your portal of power, so versus mode and co-op are even
more fun if you have a friend who brought their Skylander’s. You can actually
beat the game and collect enough items with the starter pack Skylander’s that
you could just buy the starter pack and have a lot of fun.
gameplay in Skylanders isn’t the same as the original games or the legend
trilogy, but it’s still fun. You control the Skylander on the Portal of Power
as you go through the level. Each Skylander has its own hp and can be switched
out for another one quickly, if a Skylander’s hp reaches zero you can’t use it
for the rest of the level. The gameplay is best described as a
“platformer/beat’em up with some puzzle sections.” Collectibles are spread
throughout each level and all end to the experience beyond just being
collected, story scrolls have entertaining lore, hats boost stats, legendary
treasures give you more money and Soul Gems let you buy an extra attack for the
Skylander it’s for. Between levels there’s a hub called the ruins, where you
can buy upgrades/new attacks, do heroic challenges, explore and go the next
level. The heroic challenges give the Skylander who beats them a permanent stat
versus mode is surprisingly fun for a mostly drop in drop out co-op game. You
place Two Skylander’s on the Portal of Power and fight in an arena. In addition
to the expected “Beat the other person up” mode there’s Skyball, where you grab
a ball and try to throw it into a goal post and gem collection, where you try
to collect gems. In both cases the important object can be dropped by getting
your hp knocked down to zero by the other player. Each arena has items to pick up
and use in addition to hazards unique to each arena. Combined with the Toy
mechanic the versus mode seems perfect for tournament play.
you’re willing to look past the blatant toy selling scheme and have enough self
restraint to not buy every figure you see, I highly recommend this game.
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