I went to BlogHer back in August and had the opportunity to meet with a lot of companies and learn about a lot of products.  But one product stood out to me as something my boys would absolutely flip over.  That product was the new Skylanders Video Game.

The Skylanders publicity team was in a huge room filled with different games and toys.  Kathleen and I embraced our inner children as we played with Nerf guns and Hex Bugs.  I was drawn over to the Skylanders booth because I noticed the big screen TV’s displaying a colorful and fun video game.  It was beautiful and reminded me of another game the kids play called Free Realms.  The graphics were beautiful and little dragon type creatures were running around.  With the rise of shooting and killing games that are not appropriate for little ones, I was intrigued to learn more.  I decided to stop and take a closer look.

About Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

In Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, characters are ‘brought to life’ in a boldly innovative adventure game where children can collect real-world toys and teleport them directly into the game using a mystical Portal of Power™.

Propelled by a story-driven adventure, penned by Academy Award-nominated Toy Story feature film writers, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow, children take on the role of a powerful Portal Master, who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved fire-breathing dragon Spyro. Together with their Skylanders, players will embark on a fantastical journey into an amazing world, where they will explore mysterious, mythical lands, battle menacing outlandish creatures, collect gold and treasures, and solve interesting puzzles while on a quest to save their world from Kaos, an evil Portal Master.

I think we are going to LOVE this game (we haven’t played it yet…the boys get it for Christmas *wink*).  The graphics are colorful and fun, they remind me of the movie Avatar.  Since all three of my boys like the “walking around” games that tell a story and the characters can go on adventures rather than just solving puzzles, I know it’s going to be a hit.

Skylander Game Features

Toys with Brains – Action figures become interaction figures as each toy contains a “brain” that remembers the player’s shared experiences and leveled-up abilities (e.g. stats, ability and attack upgrades, and gold collected) created in the game directly within each toy. This allows players to personally customize and power-up their characters, as well as take their interaction figures on-the-go to bring them to life on a friend’s ‘Portal of Power’ for co-op play and player-versus-player arena battles.

Cross-platform Playability – “For the first time ever, Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure introduces “Cross-platform Playability.” Players will be able to collect a variety of toys and bring them to life using the innovative Portal of Power across a variety of transmedia experiences, including consoles, handhelds, and the Web World.”  If you have more than one game console (my house has a PS3 and a Wii) then you can play Skylanders on both consoles without buying a new game disk.  If your kids have the Wii in their room and the PS3 in the living room…you can send them to continue their game somewhere else.  Also, they can take their game characters to their friends house to continue the adventure with others…regardless of the game console!  SO COOL!

The Portal of Power – The mystical Portal of Power serves as a gateway between our world and the amazing game world, allowing you to ‘Bring Your Toys to Life’ by teleporting real-world toys directly into the game for players to control when placed upon the Portal of Power.  The portal easily plugs into your game console via USB.

This means that your kids can run around and play with the character toys in “real life” and have other adventures right in your back yard.  When they are ready, they can “teleport” into the game and play there, too.

Exploration – As the tale unfolds, players will encounter a variety of vivid environments, each with its own unique look and feel, and each providing different challenges, puzzles, and the discovery of secret areas, rewards and mini-games.

The game graphics are gorgeous!  They were created by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow who created Toy Story, so they are really top-notch.  I can see this game becoming a fast favorite of my boys and can’t wait for them to find it under our tree.

The games are estimated to retail for:

  • $69.99 Starter Pack (X360, PS3, Wii) – Includes 1 copy of the game, 1 Portal of Power, 3 Characters & 3 Trading Cards
  • $59.99 Starter Pack (PC, 3DS) – Includes 1 copy of the game, 1 Portal of Power, 3 Characters & 3 Trading Cards
  • $19.99 Adventure Pack (All SKUS’s) – Includes 1 character, 1 location piece which includes a new game-play area, 2 additional magic items which work as power-ups & 4 Trading Cards
  • $19.99 Character 3-Pack (All SKUS’s) – Includes 3 Characters & 3 Trading Cards
  • $7.99 Character Pack (All SKUS’s) – Includes 1 Character & 1 Trading Card

I came across Wal Mart’s Black Friday ad and noticed that the $69.99 Skylanders Starter Pack (X360, PS3, Wii) will be on sale for only $49.96!  That is a fabulous deal if you think your kids would love this for Christmas.

Game has ESRB Rating of E10+

To learn more visit the Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure website.