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Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

Skylanders is awesome. It also appeals hugely to my inner geek because it uses NFC technology to carry the memory of experience and levelling up inside each character. How divine is that? I'm afraid that I disagree with Joanne on this one. We didn't need to buy more characters in order to enjoy the game not once, but four times. And my daughter is only getting one giant to play the sequel with. Fortunately the game allows for legacy pieces to carry on into the sequel. What's great about this game is how my daughter went from nervous and struggling with puzzles, to figuring things out and really getting into the ideas and characters. Also, there is not a gender bias in the various pieces either, which is a refreshing change. The only thing that I would say against the game, other than the cost of the upgrade and the way it was packaged, is that you can only play it through a total of four times which is very limiting for kids who can do the same thing over and over and over again. Still, it has NFC. NFC!

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Opinion 4 years ago
Hayley Krischer writer
Hayley Krischer Writer, blogger US

There’s one thing that my eight-year-old son wants this Christmas: Skylanders Giants. And I can’t really blame him, because it’s pretty darn cool. It’s a toy! It’s a video game! It’s an action figure! All in one!

Giants is the sequel to Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.

‘Why is Giants better than the original?’ ‘Because it’s bigger, Mom.’ Obviously.

Like the original, it stands out as a kids’ game that doesn’t stem from a movie like the Harry Potter games, or has inspired a line of toys like Angry Birds. Instead it uses real toy figures to activate original characters and unlock levels.

I works like this: you place a character (sturdy little toys) on the game’s glowing Portal of Power, and said character comes to life on screen. The ingenious part is that, since you need all the characters to unlock all the levels, there’s no way to avoid the Skylanders aisle in the toy store without your child begging for another character.

The Skylanders series are shoot-em-up games, albeit without characters bleeding out or facing realistic, precarious situations like more mature games (Call of Duty it is not).

You fight enemies, run through a fantasy world and solve puzzles. The best part of Skylanders, according to my son, are the characters – unlike Mario, or any other game for that matter, the characters remember their game experience, even if they’re playing at a friend’s house.

Original characters? Check. Marketing genius? Check. Super fun? Check. Does this all make Skylanders the world’s smartest video game? Check and check.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Joanne Mallon writer
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK

I am so relieved that my 9 year old son hasn't gotten into Skylanders - I reckon this has saved me hundreds of pounds. It looks terrific, but what I don't like about it is that you always have to buy more and more stuff to keep playing the game. At least with Angry Birds Star Wars (our current obsession) it's 69p and you're done.

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Opinion 4 years ago

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