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
Platform Developer Age Rating
EU NA
Wii
Win/MacPlayStation 3Xbox 360
Toys for Bob
XPEC
7+ E10+ - Everyone 10+
Nintendo 3DS
Vicarious Visions

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.

Skylanders Lineup

First row: Spyro, Double Trouble, Wrecking Ball, Voodood, Slam Bam, Zap, Wham-Shell, Gill Grunt, Legendary Spyro, Dark Spyro

Second row: Bash, Dino-rang, Prism Break, Terrafin, Hex, Cynder, Chop Chop, Ghost Roaster, Legendary Chop Chop, Legendary Bash

Third row: Ignitor, Sunburn, Flameslinger, Eruptor, Whirlwind, Warnado, Sonic Boom, Lightning Rod, Legendary Trigger Happy

Fourth row: Boomer, Drill Sergeant, Drobot, Trigger Happy, Camo, Stump Smash, Zook, 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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#8145 Trix Master 100 23:55:25 07/04/2012
what do you mean by tough whirlwind fan

@spyrothe111 LOL they do grow up fast
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#8144 Mr-McChicken22 23:55:18 07/04/2012
Well yeah i guess But seriously Getting Her and DLC right infront of me 2 months before my birthday and saying ill get them for your birthday.
PURE TORCHER!
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#8143 whirlwind fan 23:47:00 07/04/2012
Tough is the best Mr McChicken
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#8142 Mr-McChicken22 23:04:40 07/04/2012
I Cant wait to get my Whirlly!
last time i saw here was 2 months ago.
15 more days (i think)
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#8141 spyrothe111 22:46:37 07/04/2012
I Love The Babies Too! <3
They Grow Up So Fast! smilie
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#8140 Trix Master 100 22:44:38 07/04/2012
my dad already loves stump smash smilie

I like whirlwind

and my bro loves sonic booms babies
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#8139 Mr-McChicken22 22:26:21 07/04/2012
Congrats!!
You will Love them!!
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#8138 Trix Master 100 22:25:50 07/04/2012
I got whirlwind sonic boom and stump smash today smilie
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#8137 Cynder888 21:58:11 07/04/2012
yes because you don't want to end up with a smashed up skylander in the mail
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#8136 spyrothe111 21:55:56 07/04/2012
Exactly! smilie
Now THAT Is Reasonable! smilie
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#8135 Cynder888 21:53:49 07/04/2012
they should only pay extra for shipping and handling so it can be in top condition
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#8134 Cynderlover456 21:49:44 07/04/2012
they make me sick to and i hate ebay and im glad that toysrus has a sign that says 2 per buyer i love toys r us yhanks toysrus smilie
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#8133 spyrothe111 21:44:15 07/04/2012
Exactly! I Hope Activision Will Say Something About This Because This Just Wrong! I'm Sorry But, If Someone Is Going To Get A Truckload of Skylanders, Please Sell It At A Normal Price! If That Person Doesn't Have The Initiative To Do That, That Person Is A Thief To Kids! Honestly! smilie
I'm Sorry But These People Make Me Sick! smilie
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#8132 njd123 21:36:08 07/04/2012
Man, I hate scalpers.
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#8131 Cynderlover456 21:33:12 07/04/2012
thats crazy stuff i hate so much and i got whrillwind for 20.00 and i saw it at walmart after a few hours so its carzy and we found 2 cynders and we almost got it on ebay and my mom was so mad about getting a 20.00 doller when could get her for 8 bucks

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