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Portal of power!
on 6 March 2013
I'm 32 now, I've seen Pogs, Tamagotchis and Furbys all come and go - I was certain I could see when a mediocre product was being marketed as a craze and the inner cynic in me thought that Skylanders was a ridiculously over-priced concept designed to appeal to kids. Then I was bought Skylanders at Christmas by someone rather amazing. Now I'd defend it to the death!
For those who, like me a few months ago, don't really 'get' how it all works: Skylanders is an action role play game in which you guide a character around a fantasy world called Skylands where you must solve puzzles and defeat baddies in order to progress. A 'portal' plugs into your console, by placing different Skylander figures on the portal you change the character in the game. This is a great strategy game, some Skylanders are faster than others, some have different skills and some are able to unlock otherwise inaccessible areas. You get three Skylanders (2 regular size and 1 giant) which are enough to complete the game with, but to make it more fun and if you want to do all the sub-games then you need more Skylanders, and once you start playing this - you *will* want more Skylanders!
The build quality is excellent, the Skylanders themselves are tough plastic and very detailed. They don't look mass-manufactured and many of the figures are impressive to look at, they won't easily break. The Portal of Power which plugs into the console doesn't require batteries (I believe older versions did) and it has a soothing glow which cycles through various colours. It is very responsive and the moment you remove a Skylander and replace it with another the game reacts instantly. There's a snobbish tendency to view gaming as a fairly low-brow activity, but this is not only an immersive game, it's very interactive and requires a lot of thinking. My 6 year old daughter *loves* Skylanders and finds some of the puzzles very challenging (I'm more than happy to help!). Since acquiring these we have purchased two more Skylanders, they aren't too expensive (less than a tenner) and are available second hand too on auction websites. The amount of play value is exceptional, the game has had hours invested in it and she has thoroughly enjoyed it. I too have enjoyed playing it alongside her and a lot of the dialogue (particularly from Flynn, the ship's captain) is amusing and not at all childish. It's been interesting seeing her confidence in the game grow as she figures stuff out, she has personalised the game by giving her 'Landers hats and looks forward to spending time with me and going on adventures in Skyland. The game looks great, movement is smooth and the graphics pretty impressive. The characters are controlled easily and intuitively, the sound effects and various voices have all been created perfectly and even after many hours the game has never once become boring.
In a nutshell: A silly fad? A waste of money? No. This is a fantastic concept which works brilliantly and provides so much entertainment that it easily becomes great value for money. My name is Dan, I'm 32 years of age, and I can proudly say that I love Skylanders!