Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

A brand new direction for Spyro the Dragon. Skylanders sees Spyro introduced to a whole new universe of characters and real world toys that are used as part of the game.

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
North America October 16th, 2011
Europe October 14th, 2011
Japan July 12th, 2013
Platform Developer Age Rating
EU NA JP
Wii
Win/MacPlayStation 3Xbox 360
Toys for Bob
XPEC
7+ E10+ - Everyone 10+ CERO A - All ages
Nintendo 3DS
Vicarious Visions
Nintendo Wii U Square-Enix -

Story

Once again Spyro has been reset, so this will not be continuing the storyline found within the The Legend of Spyro trilogy. Here is the premise of the game as told by a press release:

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure lets kids take on the role of a powerful Portal Master, who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved purple dragon Spyro. Each of these heroes is a protector of an amazing, mysterious world, but they have been ejected from their world by the sinister Portal Master known as Kaos and now they are frozen in our world as toys. Only the players of Skylanders Spyro's Adventure can get them back into their world, by embarking on a fantastical journey where they will explore mythical lands, battle menacing, outlandish creatures, collect treasures, and solve challenging puzzles as a part of the quest to save their world.

Characters

Instead of just playing as Spyro you will have a wide selection of 32 characters to choose from, each of these unique in their own way. The toys themselves store information inside that relates to your ingame character's progress and levelling to make it simple to use on another's system.

Here are all 32 of the characters, some have multiple forms but they only count as one of the 32.

MagicMagic
Spyro
Spyro
Double Trouble
Double Trouble
Wrecking Ball
Wrecking Ball
Voodood
Voodood
Legendary Spyro
Legendary Spyro
Dark Spyro
Dark Spyro
WaterWater
Slam Bam
Slam Bam
Zap
Zap
Wham-Shell
Wham-Shell
Gill Grunt
Gill Grunt
EarthEarth
Bash
Bash
Dino-Rang
Dino-Rang
Prism Break
Prism Break
Terrafin
Terrafin
Legendary Bash
Legendary Bash
UndeadUndead
Hex
Hex
Cynder
Cynder
Chop Chop
Chop Chop
Ghost Roaster
Ghost Roaster
Legendary Chop Chop
Legendary Chop Chop
FireFire
Ignitor
Ignitor
Sunburn
Sunburn
Flameslinger
Flameslinger
Eruptor
Eruptor
AirAir
Whirlwind
Whirlwind
Warnado
Warnado
Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom
Lightning Rod
Lightning Rod
TechTech
Boomer
Boomer
Drill Sergeant
Drill Sergeant
Drobot
Drobot
Trigger Happy
Trigger Happy
Legendary Trigger Happy
Legendary Trigger Happy
LifeLife
Camo
Camo
Stump Smash
Stump Smash
Zook
Zook
Stealth Elf
Stealth Elf

In the United States the individual single pack toys were priced at $7.99 each, and there are also larger packs containing three characters. With the console and PC Starter Packs you get your first three "interaction figures" to start you off; Spyro, Trigger Happy, and Gill Grunt. In the 3DS Starter Pack you instead get Ignitor, Stealth Elf and Dark Spyro, an exclusive character.

As well as the 37 different recognised toys there are also rare variations of some characters. In-game these do not have a different appearance to their normally painted counterparts so other than the toy's coat of paint they are exactly the same. The current confirmed variations are Silver Boomer, Silver Eruptor, Silver Dino-Rang, Gold Drill Sergeant, Gold Flameslinger, and Gold Chop Chop. There are also two even rarer Skylanders that were only made available at retail events; Metalic Purple Cynder and Pearl Hex.

Not all of the characters were released at launch, they have been put out in gradual waves containing new characters and adventure packs every few months, with several still waiting for release.

Elements

The characters of Skylanders will each have one of eight elements, these are shown by the type of base their toy has.

Air Life Undead Earth Fire Water Magic Tech

Air, Life, Undead, Earth, Fire, Water, Magic, Tech

There are some enemies that are weak to certain elements but this is not a widespread feature, the main use in-game for the different elements is to unlock extra parts of each level. The levels are also broken down into sections where a specific element has its Elemental Power bonus active.

During PvP battles you will also find that when fighting a certain element your Skylander's Elemental Power is used. The order of this is as follows: Undead > Life > Water > Fire > Air > Earth > Tech > Magic > Undead

Portal of Power

Portal of Power

To bring your toys into the game you'll need the included Portal of Power, you simply place the toy in the centre of the Portal and instantly the character you've used will appear in-game. This circular device glows different colours and has the ability to recognise two characters placed on it at once to allow for multiplayer co-op or PvP battles.

The Xbox 360 and PC Portals are wired and just plug straight into the console/computer, no batteries required. The PS3 and Wii Portals are wireless and require three AA batteries, they come with a small adaptor that plugs into a USB port on the console. The 3DS portal is also wireless and is powered by three AAA batteries. Your first set of batteries are included of course.

The only portal that works with the Xbox 360 is the portal that comes with the Xbox 360 and the Xbox 360 portal will only work with the Xbox 360 version of the game (and the web game).

Due to its unique method of infra-red communication with the 3DS, the 3DS portal is the only one that will work with the 3DS game. However the 3DS portal can work with the PS3, Wii and PC versions of the game, simply connect it to your system using the included USB cable. This cable also allows you to use your 3DS portal with the web game. Despite its smaller size, when connected to a console it functions exactly like the larger portals in regards to the number of Skylanders and Magic Items it can read at the same time.

Trading Cards

As well as the physical plastic toy you receive a trading card with a picture of the Skylander and some stats. The stats on these cards do not appear to have any relation to their in-game stats. There are no official rules for games using the cards.

Adventure Packs

As well as all of the different characters you can supplement the game with the four Adventure Packs. These contain a Skylander that is unique to the pack, two small Magic Item toys that will help during your game, and a larger Adventure Item that unlocks a brand new level in the game for you to complete.

Platforms

The game appeared on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, and 3DS as well as on the web with Skylanders: Spyro's Universe. There is also a mobile version that has yet to be released.

Exclusives

Toys R Us
A pack of three Legendary Skylanders: Spyro, Bash, Chop Chop.
A single pack of Legendary Trigger Happy.
For first 30 days from launch: Darklight Crypt
For first 30 days after its release: Dragon's Peak.
Target / Tesco
At launch Whirlwind was exclusive, has since been more widely released.
Best Buy / GAME, Gamestation
The Volcanic Vault battle arena toy, it came free with the game at launch.
Sam's Club, Walmart / Asda, Smyths Toys / Big W
At launch Drill Sergeant was exclusive, has since been more widely released.

Websites

USA Today
First article about the game.
Official Website
The official website, currently has the first trailer.
Toys R Us
Toys R Us's promo page for the game.
Toys for Bob
The website of the developers of Skylanders.
Kotaku
A Kotaku article from the Toy Fair, gives the bios of a few characters.

Comments
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#14905 Vengence 18:45:13 11/07/2017
I still don't understand why people hate this series so much... sure it may have it's flaws, and far from being perfect. But even one of the original creators of classic Spyro (Ted Price) said Activision did a good job resurrecting Spyro and having the same "broad appeal", even stating the series is still about him.

And even when it's not focused on Spyro, it's still a fun and enjoyable series that shouldn't be looked down upon simply because it's family friendly, and insulting those who play it as being childish, when ironically, those who judge like that are the immature ones themselves, and need to grow up and stop bashing others for liking different things. If you don't like Skylanders, that's fine, what's not fine is being a jerk about it, grow up...

And those idiots who say that Skylanders killed Spyro, mainly because of his appearance, can go **** off, because they clearly don't know what they're talking about. Spyro would probably be in a long hiatus like Crash was if it wasn't for this fun series, so what's the problem? Spyro is in good hands. Sure the series could still reach it's full potential one day, but for what it is it's good.

Lastly, to all those who complain about this game for being a cash grab and stealing all your money, no one is forcing you to buy all these figurines, so quit whining about how much you CHOSE to spend on this series and take responsibility for your own actions.

As long as this series continues to produce good quality, I hope it continues for many years to come...
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#14904 Crashtheskyfan 00:59:44 07/06/2017
@WarDoctor42 I have most of them, i found a decent amount of them at my local flea market and a five below, im missing all the adventure pack characters except slam bam. I also have some series 2 from giants, which i am counting, im not counting variants, or chase variants, i just need sunburn, ghost roaster. i have a series 2 terrafin!
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#14902 Originals 00:37:36 14/05/2017
I miss Spyros Universe smilie

Oh the nostalgia
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#14901 whirlwind fan 04:55:39 16/04/2017
Unfortunately, not as much, especially since the newer franchise released. There's really wouldn't be anything else to talk about, other then the memories.
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#14900 goldenwolf 19:22:17 09/04/2017
wao people still talk over here
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#14899 MLG Skylander 08:29:04 02/04/2017
R.i.p spyrosmilie
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#14898 spyrothe111 15:46:36 01/04/2017
Good times... smilie
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#14897 whirlwind fan 01:50:29 01/04/2017
Just by looking at this thread it's giving me so much nostalgia. I remembered always reloading the page, 5 years ago. I remember Spyro's Universe, all the glitches, levels, power ups and socialising I did. The excitement is now gone, I miss that so much.
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#14896 ShadowM 17:54:29 11/02/2017
Damn I really miss this when I was everyday on here and Skylanders were my life... This makes me sad and now they're moving away from what Skylanders actually are look at imaginators...
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#14895 B-Boy_Zack_Fair 11:25:41 18/10/2016
Currently trying to finish all HC with all characters . Great game . Brings so much nostalgic)
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#14894 goldenrushducks 01:44:53 17/10/2016
It's been five years. I remember when I got S:SA on release.
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#14893 TaeKwonCrow 18:42:10 09/09/2016
I know right? Look at the graphics.
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#14892 Hexisboss 17:18:48 16/08/2016
@ghostfury, if you aren't a fan of skylanders because it was built off the old skylanders game, I wouldn't suggest posting on a skylanders forum, it's just not good logic

*the old spyro games
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#14891 awsome m 23:57:16 13/08/2016
me to
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