When the Mummy Matters family went to Lollibop a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to gain access to the Press Area where there were a few little treats available and a preview of the new game Skylanders which is due for release in the autumn this year. Had Curly been with us for the day then I’m sure we would never have left the tent, as it was, Little Bean took some coaxing away from it and she’s only 3!
From the Academy Award-nominated Toy Story film writers, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow comes Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, a new breed of computer game where the child becomes the Portal Master. The Skylanders have used their magical powers and weapons to protect Skylands for generations but an evil tyrant has frozen and banished them to earth. On ‘earth’ children can collect over 30 figures including the old favourite, Spyro which when placed on the ‘Portal of Power’ magically come to life before your very eyes in the computer game. Each character has different strengths and weaknesses which can be brought into play strategically to face the different challenges of the game and their own heroic challenge which is unlocked as more characters are collected.
As the story unfolds game play travels through different environments with their own look and feel, and each with their own new set of challenges, puzzles, secret areas, rewards and mini-games.
The figures have an integrated memory which saves the character’s progress in the game including stats, ability, attack upgrades and gold collected. They can be teleported through a friend’s Portal of Power to continue play alone, as a team or in battle mode against each other. It doesn’t even matter if you play on a Wii at home and a Playstation at your friend’s house because your characters aren’t choosy which platform they play on. Skylanders can be played on Wii™, Xbox360®, PS®3, PC, 3DS™, and mobile devices all using the same Portal of Power and figures.
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)
Age range: 6+
For more information, be sure to visit the official Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure game website located at www.skylandersgame.com.