If you spotted my post a little while ago you would already know a little about Skylanders the new multi-platform game to take the gaming world by a storm. From the makers of Toy Story and Garfield comes the new adventures of the Skylanders. The starter pack comes with a portal and three characters, which when placed on the portal magically appear in the game. For centuries the Skylanders protected their magical world using their special powers but then the evil tyrant Chaos banished them to earth. Children are able to collect the Skylanders characters and transport them back to Skylands through the portal to face challenges, puzzles, secret areas and mini-games in the Skylands.
Last weekend the Mummy Matters family were one of a select few families invited to attend a special preview at Hamleys Toy Store in London and boy did I gain a few precious brownie points from Curly and Little Bean. Little Bean must have thanked me 10 times by 9.30am and then promptly reminded Curly “Bro, did you say thank you?” – bless her!
The event was really well planned out, we were sorted into different teams and then spent time on a range of activities. We began with Face Painting although Curly said he was too old for that! Next we were taken upstairs to the Pick ‘n’ Mix department where the children were each given 30 seconds to do a Sweet Raid and pick as many sweets as they could. To say that the children were excited would be a huge understatement!
The highlight for me was meeting Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow who famously wrote Toy Story, Garfield and a host of other amazing films. They were approached by Activision and asked if they would like to write the game for Skylanders which was something they had never done before. This was a totally new experience for them because they had to consider so many different aspects. With a film they write a story, simples! But with a game they had to consider all the possibilities (which could go on forever!) but they loved it and they loved creating all the characters. Skylanders sees the welcome return of a much loved gaming character Spyro who Activision were keen to include. Joel and Alec also mentioned that a 60 minute film will be released in the next 6-9 months following the release of the game so watch this space!
Finally our group were let loose on the game itself. It was great to watch Curly and Little Bean playing the game together, although occasionally Little Bean needed assistance with moving her character around. Curly LOVED Skylanders and by the end of the event was begging us to buy it for him for his birthday this week!
Name:Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure™
Starter pack RRP:£59.99
Starter pack contents: Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure™ game,Portal Jumper,3 x characters:Spyro,Gill Grunt and Trigger Happy
Available from:Retailers including Amazon,Argos,Toys R Us,Game and Sainsbury’s Entertainment (more TBC)
For more information,be sure to visit the official Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure game website located at www.skylandersgame.com.