I bought this along with the 3 currently available character 3 packs and the Xbox 360 version of the game. Here is what comes in the 'Pirate Adventure Pack' set;
- 'Terrafin' Earth-element character toy (exclusive to the 'Pirate Adventure Pack')
Of the currently available Skylander characters, Terrafin is one of the more visually-rivetting designs. He resembles a shark, and at first, I questioned why he wasn't a Water-element character, but playing with him in-game, it turns out he is a "land shark". He's a kind of brawler I guess, preferring to get up close with his fists as opposed to ranged attacks. He can also swim underground and burst out underneath enemies for surprise attacks. His stats are;
I have not used him in-game as yet as I am currently leveling 'Bash' as my Earth-element character, but having seen his character video in the game and seeing him during in-game cut scenes, he looks awesome.
- 'Pirate Seas' pirate ship toy
Place this on the Portal, and a pirate ship appears at the docks of the main hub. Boarding it will take you to an all-new area in the game, the 'Pirate Seas' adventure. The map for this adventure is surprisingly large, and takes a good 15 to 20 minutes to thoroughly explore and get all of the hidden collectables, and in keeping with the rest of the Skylanders game, it is bright and colorful even though it is set at night. As you progress, you are challenged by various pirates to a memory game; starting with a deck of 6 or so cards up until decks of cards numbering more than 20, to beat the pirate and progress further, you must find and match the same card amongst them all. It's fun, and the time limit to beat each pirate isn't too challenging, so younger players shouldn't find it difficult to master these mini-games. The adventure has it's own story scroll, legendary treasure, and hat to find, too. All in all, it is great fun!
- 'Ghost Swords' special item toy
Placing this toy on the portal will make two ghostly swords appear around your Skylander of choice, attacking enemies nearby and hovering around you while exploring whichever level you are on. They have a time cap and last around 2 minutes per level before their power is expelled. Returning to the main hub world in-game will restore their power. This item really comes into it's own during the boss fights, making the challenge a breeze - the damage they inflict on boss characters with large health bars is immense in comparison to the damage that even a level 10 Skylander can manage.
- 'Hidden Treasure' special item toy
Placing this toy on the portal will bring up an icon on the bottom of your screen, representing a hidden treasure chest. Around this icon are 3 circles. The closer you are to the hidden treasure, these circles light up, until all 3 are glowing. When this happens, hunt around in your immediate area. You will hear a chime when you are near the hidden treasure, and when you find the hidden sweet spot, the chest will appear. I am unsure is this counts towards the treasure chest pick-ups with the level, as I had already found all 3 on the level I tried this item on, but when I picked it up the game again reminded me that I had found all the treasure chests for that level, so it is possible the it will count towards this total.
- additional gubbins
You get 4 trading cards representing each of the 4 toys in the set, as well as the online codes for your Skylanders at the official website, a sticker sheet for each toy, and an instruction sheet.
Of the 4 toys included in this set, the pirate ship is a real beauty and when I have had friends over to see Skylanders, they always pick this one up immediately and coo over its design. Terrafin is definitely a cool-looking character, and the hidden treasure and ghost swords have a level of detail to them that borders on unnecessary seeing as they're mere extras, going to show that the Skylanders toy range is definitely great value for money in terms of the overall quality. The paint job on each toy is top notch, to boot. Full marks for each!
As this is the only adventure pack I currently own from the Skylanders range I have no way to compare it to the others, but I can compare it to the standard game itself. The level design for the adventure is huge, colorful, characterful, and most importantly, a whole heap of fun to play. I cannot give an opinion on the Terrafin character at time of writing as I haven't played with him yet, but the ghosts swords item is a fantastic addition to your chosen Skylander's arsenal and the time limit on their use per level ensures that it doesn't break the overall experience. I suggest dropping the toy onto the portal when a boss fight begins as a way of clearing them a lot faster. The hidden chest is great if you like to play detective on every level, and will grant eager treasure hunters more money to spend on upgrades. A fantastic addition to the main game!
All in all, I am very pleased with this set. Terrafin is a cool character and I can't wait to play as him. The toys themselves look great and they demonstrate the versatility of the Skylanders game and the summoning portal itself. I can't recommend it enough; if you're looking for a way to extend the brilliant Skylanders game with further adventures, look no further than the 'Pirate Adventure Pack'!