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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Wii)

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Wii) Review

  • 3.7 / 5
    • The good:
      clever product design, collectible figures
    • The bad:
      too expensive, not very challenging, limited game dynamics
    If Pokemon and Toy Story ever bred, their offspring would be Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure --- that is, if nothing goes terribly wrong. Activision’s brainchild has all the color and magic of the said titles, but none of their depth. Of course, it’s a kid’s game, many would argue. And it is, so let’s start with that. In terms of creativity and innovation, the gaming world owes Activision due credit. The concept of tangible (and collectible) monster toys coming to life on videogame is quite clever and will surely drive every kid (and their parents) crazy.The Skylanders package comes with three figures for players to start with, namely, Spyro, the purple dragon, Gill Grunt, the harpoon-toting sea creature, and the crazy gremlin, Trigger Happy; plus a warp portal that can be connected to the game console via USB. Once a figure is placed on top of the portal, it changes color and the magic begins. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) even gave it a rating of “7” which means: “Any game that would normally be rated at 3[for all ages] but contains some possibly frightening scenes or sounds may be considered suitable in this category.” Yet the only frightening thing in Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is the prospect of additional expenses, which is, ironically, something that parents --- not kids --- would be very much afraid of. To advance through the game’s 22 levels, one has to buy at least five other characters with different elemental attacks to complement that of the starting trio’s Magic, Water and Tech power. Each toy retails for about 10 USD each, and if the kid ever knew about the 29 other awesome characters to collect, it’s going to be war. The game itself failed to keep up with its very creative concept. The characters’ basic movements are limited, and their realm has but too few surprises to offer to the real adventurers. The game’s dynamics is too simple, its tasks, too easy. And yes, perhaps even for the age bracket that it was meant for, because kids who can hold a gamepad properly are kids who have played much more complicated games than Skylanders. So yeah, it is a kid’s videogame. But it could have been more.
  • Product description
    • The Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Wii) was added in December 2014 in the Wii Games section
    • This product has a rating of 3.7 out of 5