Firstly, despite the fact that this game has spyro's name in the title, it's not really a spyro game, but rather a game that features spyro, if that makes sense. It's more like a whole new gaming series. I didn't know exactly what to expect when buying this game since I have seen the harsh and unfair critizism this game has suffered by other some other spyro fans since its announcement, and I knew that this game would be a far cry from the original spyro PS1 trilogy that I fell in love with way back years ago, which in my opinion will always be the best spyro games. However, this game did not disappoint me and I don't regret buying it one bit.
The gameplay is very enjoyable, if not overly challenging- You can tell this game was designed with a young audience in mind, but still that doesn't mean it's too easy for older players like me as there's plenty that experienced gamers will enjoy, such as the Hero Challenges. You will be fighting enemies a lot, but this allows your characters to gain experience and level up, and the combat is much less repetitive than the combat in the Legend of Spyro series. Occasionaly you will come across puzzles, such as lock picking, box pushing, and laser redirecting, and while these will require some thought and concentration, they do not become frustrating. The controls are tight, the graphics are beautiful and colourful, and the dialogue is humourous and witty, and will cause a few chuckles. The playable characters don't really talk much in the game, but will speak when you place them on the portal, each with their own comments and battle cries.
The idea of placing the character toys on the portal to play as them is a very interesting one, and let's you switch characters anytime you like- even while playing a level. there are 32 characters overall (though only approximately half of those are available to buy to this date, the rest will be released later) and fall in 8 different elements. you will get 3 toys with the game, the rest you buy separately. You can buy whichever characters you like but will need characters of a specific element to reach certain parts of levels. This unfortunately does mean that completing the game could get quite pricey since you will need to buy at least one character from each element for 100% completion, but is entirely optional, as you don't need additional characters to finish the storyline, so you can take your time and buy new character toys at your own pace.
Overall this game is addictive and very, very fun for the young, or like me, the young at heart. Whether you have played previous spyro games or not, I highly recommend you try this game. It does not deserve the hate suffered during its development, and I have been a dedicated spyro fan for years, and while this is still does not reach level of the old games (in my opinion), Skylanders is a real treat and a brilliant game in it's own right.