Embark on an exciting new adventure with the Skylanders and the SWAP Force. For generations, the SWAP Force protected the volcano that replenishes Skylands’ magic. That is until an epic battle caught them in an eruption that blasted them apart, sent them to Earth and gave them the ability to swap powers. Only you can mix and match their tops and bottoms, put them on the Portal of Power and save Skylands.
Starter Pack Contents:
Portal of Power
3 Skylanders Figures
1 Character Collector Poster
3 Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes
3 Trading Cards
Skylanders SWAP Force Characters
Skylanders SWAP Force features 16 new SWAP Force characters, two from each of the elements along with 32 core Skylanders characters (16 completely new Skylanders and 16 new versions of fan favorite characters from previous games) and eight new LightCore™ characters. Skylanders SWAP Force also delivers high-resolution graphics that bring the game’s detailed characters and rich environments to life, immersing players in the game play like never before.
Fans of the franchise can also play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of characters from both Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants, now with the added capability of jumping.
Now listing the figure stats etc. is all well and good but what about the game play? I cannot tell you how excited Roo was to come home and find Skylanders SWAP Force sitting next to the Xbox360 – ‘Mummy can we play now?‘
Roo is far more efficient at loading up and starting the Xbox than I am so within a blink of an eye she had it set up and ready to go. Eager to see the SWAP Force characters in action Blast Buckler was added first and I have to say it is so funny to watch a robot with tentacles fighting its way across the screen.
The game play is interactive and the instructions on screen are clear and helpful. The ability to switch characters during game play really appeals to Roo and was busy switching the new characters on and off to see what abilities they each had.
Needless to say Roo was engrossed within the game and was disappointed to have to come off for tea.
In game action shots:
Just another video game?
Parents would be fooled into thinking that Skylanders SWAP Force was just a video game, it is far more than that. Lets start with the trading cards that come with each new Skylanders character, this gets children thinking about numbers, comparing abilities and not to mention the collect-ability feature.
The enclosed poster featuring the Skylanders SWAP Force characters aids them in remembering names, checking off the ones they have and spurring them on to earn the ones they are missing. Roo has already added the poster to her bedroom wall next to the previous two posters and is currently deciding on which characters to ask Santa for.
The character figures themselves are a collectable within their own right, the figures are well made and so detailed that even Mum’s and Dad’s will be interested in which new figure their child is crazing after. Personally I’m loving the look of Snatch (an Air core character).
Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…
From a parents point of view I love that the game is not a five minute wonder. With different collectable and game interactive characters that allow the player to switch between characters abilities depending on the mission they are facing.
The figures from the first two video games are forward compatible which allows players to take their abilities and upgrades earned in the previous games. All the figures are also compatible with over devices, so whilst Roo plays Skylanders on the Xbox360 her cousin has it on the Wii.
There is something intriguing about the Skylanders franchise that makes both children and adults want to pop a character on to the portal of power and join in. Plus the sheep make me giggle.