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Skylanders Swap Force - Starter Pack (Xbox 360)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2013
Swap Force is a fantastic update to the Skylanders series.

There are now absolutely loads of things to do in addition to the main story line such as many different puzzles and mini games. The puzzles are varied and enjoyable and the mini games, which take elements from other popular games, are very enjoyable. One minute you have a 2D platform level like Mario, the next you are sliding down a rainbow collecting coins like Sonic, the next you are blasting baddies with a very fast gun from something like a tank.

Pros
- Encourages problem solving with a large range of puzzles either as mini games or as part of the main story line
- Countless hidden areas to find and explore
- A large number of enjoyable mini games
- Enjoyable main story line
- Characters can be customised to suit the challenge
- Good graphics
- Improved my son's reading and arithmetic skills

Cons
- You can't cancel character conversations. This is annoying because they had this feature in Giants.
- You need to buy extra characters to do everything in the game.

In short, this is the very best game for younger children available. It can get expensive but in play per £ it beats anything else hands down.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 October 2013
This game runs on the exact same idea as Skylanders 1 and 2 (Giants) by which you have a USB connected PORTAL (a close range scanner) which you place a toy on and that character appears in the game.

You then level up that character through story missions, arena battles and challenges.

You can swap that character out at any time with another toy and do the same and each one saves the progress for that unique character onto a chip inside the toy!

The main difference this time, is that the new "swap force" characters are in two parts; a top and a bottom and the TOP and BOTTOM have separate abilities to learn and unlock. Level progression is saved to the TOP half though!!

And it works and it is a lot of fun to interchange different movement styles with different attack styles. There is a total of 250 combinations if you have all swap force characters. These swap force characters are also quite large and about the same size as GIANTS.

If you are an experienced Skylander player you will already have lots of character to use and to access all in game areas, but if you are new to all this you may find the massive number of toys excessive, but you don't need them all to complete the game.

Pros -

- The visuals (while still not next gen) have had a massive improvement and you can tell.
- A very long storyline compared to a lot of other games released.
- The controls are still spot on, for the most part.
- The swap force technique works great.
- You can use the GIANTS in the game and it actively encourages it by having chests that only GIANT can open.
- Small improvements to the user interface and menu system.
- They individual story missions are a lot longer and varied.
- We now have challenges in each story mission depending on the movement style of the character.

For instance the squid who comes with the start pack can walk up walls and some story missions have sections where you have to move up a wall and avoid objects coming out. While others may involve flying through loops on a time limit and so on. Those are fun, but can be frustrating.

- You can also now JUMP which feels natural and adds so much.
- You have 'Portal Master' levels for yourself and as you level up you can unlock extra things in game.

Cons -

- This time they have GATES which can only be opened by a correct combination of swap force characters (i.e fire and water, etc) and challenges requiring a certain movement type. Those are fun, but it does pressure you to now invest in one of each element AND one of each movement style.

- Still no bank in game to hold character gold?
- Still no online co-op or arena fights?
- Yet another new portal is needed.
- The ever increasing number of Skylanders.
- Still we cannot skip NPC conversations.
- Some of the side challenges (like shooting ranges) are just too hard.

But ultimately the game is fun, improved upon and enjoyable.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
My boy of 9 has the last two Skylanders and wanted this one desperately (his words). He hasn't played the giants game as much as the first as he thought it two simple without enough levels, I was reluctant to buy this one but succumb to his pleading.

The big difference is the characters can be body swapped, legs and heads can be swapped so the skylander can perform different, i.e quick legs mean the character will move quicker, simple. Not all the characters that you buy are swappable, make sure you check before you buy the characters. they have swap on the box.

The bodies are connected by a magnet, very clever how the game knows what going on.

The game it self is pretty much the same as the last two installments, I liked the idea that the old Skylanders can be used on the game but they don't have the swap feature which will mean more characters being purchased, more figures sitting near the console and less money in my wallet.

My boy also has theDisney Infinity Starter Pack (Xbox 360) which I personally prefer as you can identify with the characters, although Skylanders missions are far more challenging.

There is nothing not to like about swap force, its additive, fun, challenging, just a shame its going to cost me more money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2014
My Nephew wanted this for Christmas and considering that then it was £52 this was an absolute bargain. He was very excited when i gave it to him.

I don't know much about the game so i can't review that but it arrived very fast and the box was in perfect condition, no dents. Just what you want to see when ordering a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
This product was very cheap compared to shop prices, so very pleased with it.
well worth the money so thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2013
This is a joint Christmas present for my boys who already have the skylanders giants. So they haven't used it yet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2013
I pre ordered this so I could get the free Hex character for my son. Unfortunately it arrived without it. Spoke to Amazon, no problem we'll send it out again. What did I get? Another skylander starter set and still no Hex. I have now returned one of them but to this day am still missing my free character. Won't be pre ordering again as obviously too complicated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2014
My eight year old son loves it, has done it and keeps doing it again and again. As with all Skylanders games be careful - in order to complete the game you will need to spend two or three times as much on new characters...
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on 7 February 2015
As expected the game is excellent! My son is 7 and he easily engages with game. The controls are simple, but slightly annoyingly, the configuration of the attack buttons is different from Skylander: Giants; but he soon got used to it. The graphics have been updated and the levels seem to be more colourful, more action packed than the last game. The addition of a "jump" button is a god send! The figures themselves are the usual high standard and quality and look great lined up on the shelf. The "swap-force" ability is ok, I'm not really sure as to the point of it other than to sell more characters/earn more money for Activision, but again my 7 year old loves it...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
The game is great, my son loves Skylanders however the graphics are terrible comparing to Giants and Spyro Adventure. Sometimes there is a problem with portal figures show up on the screen but then disappear, when you lift them and put once again the problem is gone.
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