If you read my review last year you know that we are huge Skylanders fans in this house.
(Our collection as of June 2012)
If you don’t know what Skylanders is I’ll give you a brief back story about the game and how truly fun and amazing this game is. It’s a clever, simple system: the Skylander characters appear on the screen when the toys are placed on the “Portal of Power” and up to two people can play at the same time. You won’t see a save screen or message during game play because the toys actually save all of your progress and they work on any console.
Recently, we went to Best Buy to check out their Skylanders Giants demo setup. With the new Skylanders Giants game it works just as effortlessly as it did last year. If it didn’t, Skylanders almost certainly wouldn’t have sold 30 million of the things.
The real draw/gimmick/selling point to the game series is the Skylanders toys. Each toy is sold separately or you can buy them in a 3 pack combo. They are used to power the game. The titular Giants are the big draw this time around of course.There are eight Giants currently available – Thumpback, Ninjini, Hot Head, Eye Brawl, Tree Rex, Bouncer, Crusher and Swarm, along with a bunch of new Series 2 toys that are remakes of the original characters but now they have multiple new attacks, upgrades, and moves. Oh, and unlike the original figures, they light up when place them on the Portal of Power.
The first game had a cap on the level the characters could go up to which was 10, now it is level 15, which makes it fun to play older Series 1 toys again.
Like the first game only two players can be on the portal at the same time. I don’t really like this feature and I wish they would have upgraded the portal to host more players since 4-5 regular-size Skylanders can fit on the portal at one time.
There is a ton of new upgrades, keys, potions, and hats that are also available to spend your money on, which means you won’t run out of things to buy. Like the first game, Giants doesn’t ask much of the player; simple reactions, puzzle-solving, or difficulty. There is the added difficulty settings this time around for those seeking a greater challenge which I think my husband and I will like.
I found out that the game shorter this time around, its 16 chapters is brief compared the first game’s 22 chapters. Not sure on the big change but I’m not liking it. We completely the first game in no time so playing Giants will be a breeze.
We’re excited for Giants and the improvements they’ve made. The increased level cap and loads of new items and upgrades to buy make it fun to jump back in, as do the addition of new toys to collect. I definitely see this being a family Christmas present that my husband and I will be getting. As you can see with the picture above, it really is great for the whole family. My 2-year-old and 7-year-old play it along with both my husband and I.
I also like that you can purchase the game at Best Buy and it comes in a Portal Owners Pack or the regular Starter Pack.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post with a Best Buy gift card. All opinions are my own and may differ from your own.