Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - SKYLANDERS SPYRO 'S ADVENTURE starter pack for the Wii review


Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is an Action-Adventure game spin-off from the Spyro series designed for younger players that unlocks a whole new game universe while incorporating a unique gameplay mechanic utilizing more than 30 physical action figures that synch with consoles, creating a controllable in-game representation of that figure. The first release in the Skylander series, Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack contains three action figures, an exclusive game peripheral as well as other items. Action figures are compatible with all versions of the game. The game features co-op and competitive multiplayer, mini-games and more.
Skylander's Spyro's Adventure game logo

Spyro breathing fire on multiple enemies in Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

The Skylanders Story

For generations, the Skylanders -- a diverse group of mythical creatures, each with their own powers, personality and tendencies -- have used their magical powers, weapons and levelable battle skills to protect their homeland, the Skylands. But now, an evil tyrant with the powers of a portal master has frozen and banished them to Earth. Only you, a portal master yourself, can physically put Skylanders on the Portal of Power -- a conduit between this world and theirs -- and bring them back to life in their world where they can battle to save Skylands forever.

Action Figures with Brains

Skylanders are special physical action figures that come to life in-game. Just take a Skylander, place it on the included Portal of Power, which is synched to your game console and a representation of your chosen Skylander will come to life in the video game and do your bidding. There are over 30 Skylanders in total - each with unique abilities and powers (three are included in your starter pack). Skylander action figures remember their in-game experiences and upgrades as they explore the mysterious world of Skylands, battle menacing creatures and collect treasures. Conveniently, it doesn't matter what gaming system your friends have at their house, the Skylanders work on and across all major video game systems. That means that you can take your Skylanders over to your friend's house, drop them on their Portal of Power and your Skylanders will come to life in the game.

Key Game Features

  • Everything Needed to Get Started - The Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack contains everything needed to get started including: a game copy for Xbox 360, 3 Skylanders (Trigger Happy, Spyro and Gill Grunt), 'Portal of Power' peripheral, character poster, trading cards, sticker sheet, web codes and batteries).
  • Multiplayer - Put two Skylanders on the Portal of Power and battle with your friend as a team or pick a Battle Arena and go head-to-head against your friend to see who is the best Portal Master. Either way it's a fight to the finish.
  • Battle to Save Skylands - Use your character collection to battle KAOS and his minions. Each of your Skylanders has special abilities and powers. The more you play, the more powerful they become.
  • Adventures, Mini-games and Puzzles - There are different challenges and mini-games waiting throughout Skylands. Jump in a turret to fend off enemies and solve challenging puzzles to find secret areas and earn cool in-game rewards.
  • Play Online - Each Skylander comes with a unique secret code. Show off your collection to your friends and play fun new mini-games.
  • Expand Your Adventure - Pick up an Adventure Pack (sold separately). Each one includes an exclusive Skylander, 1-Location Piece and 2-Magic Items. Place the Location Piece on the Portal of Power to explore exclusive new worlds and embark on new adventures and challenges.

My son has asked fro one thing for Christmas and it is this game so I was so thrilled to receive a starter pack to review.  Of course he has not seen this game at all yet.  Now I have researched the game alot and was immediately intrigued by the game and that magical portal.  I have tried out the game in the stores and was quite surprised that even I enjoyed it.  

My favorite feature besides the little guys and the portal is mulitplayer.  You have no idea how great those words are to a mom of three kids.  Plus since my son has been looking up the characters online my daughters are now wanting to play it too.  I can not wait to see all their faces when he opens it.  

I have already bought another guy to go with the game and this may be my least favorite part of it but also something I find cool.  I am torn between it.  I like that you can get others Skylanders but hate having to buy them if you know what I mean.  Especially since I know my son will want them all and so far I can not find his favorites.  But I like the whole concept of the game so I might not actually care to much to buy them - Maybe! 

All in all I am excited for the family to get to play this game together one evening.  This game is great for all ages ( well not babies of course) and boys and girls if you ask me.  It is definitely the hot game this season.  So hurry and grab your kid a copy of it and watch the hours of endless fun they can have ( and you can too).

You can purchase the game at mass retailers ( some have special offers to buy them like extra Skylanders) or online at for $ 59.13.  So hurry before they are all gone.

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

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