Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure 3DS

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  • Summary: The small purple dragon returns, bringing with him new friends in this peripheral-based adventure.
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E3 2011: Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure - Official Trailer
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
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  1. 90
    You can't knock the quality of the game, as Vicarious Visions not only made an awesome 3D platformer, they made a great 3DS-exclusive title.
  2. Nov 18, 2011
    83
    Skylanders is a fun game, and it does have it's challenging moments. Aside from Hektore pursuing you after getting a crystal and the ice world being a pain, I'm a little disappointed that there's no multiplayer in the 3DS version unless I'm really just missing it. Still, it is one I recommend if you like a good platformer. Just be prepared to spend some money if you plan to unlock everything.
  3. Oct 18, 2011
    82
    There's good deal of content when compared to other 3DS titles. But with such much offered in the console version, it feels like more could have been added here.
  4. Oct 29, 2011
    80
    What appeared to be a gimmick, a game that works in tandem with a series of plastic action figures, is one of the system's finest titles, a colorful, addictive and well designed platform adventure featuring lots of enemies to pummel, items to collect and characters to play as.
  5. Nov 9, 2011
    80
    A near-perfect conceptual marriage of toys and video games. While wallets may shudder at the thought of throwing down potentially lots and lots of money for the complete experience, what you get out of the box is a well-crafted adventure and world that kids of all ages can be excited about.
  6. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    It's hard to get around the fact that Skylanders is a game for kids. From the toy-driven expansion scheme to the bright, friendly colors and music, there's not a lot in this game to appeal to the Dead Space or Gears of War crowd. But for gamers of all ages willing to embrace the game's aesthetics and kick back and have a good time, Skylanders is the 3DS's first great platformer, and well worth taking for a spin.
  7. Nintendo Gamer
    Dec 7, 2011
    78
    Almost as surprisingly great as the Wii version, so worth the money. [Dec 2011, p.72]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. Dec 23, 2011
    10
    Let me first start off by saying this game is not a perfect 10! Probably more like a "7" or "8" but I'm evening the odds here..... I can NOTLet me first start off by saying this game is not a perfect 10! Probably more like a "7" or "8" but I'm evening the odds here..... I can NOT believe one person gave it a "1" an another a "0"!!! Would the game not have to be broken to get these types of scores? Does not deserve scores like that! What does not being able to jump in the console version have anything to do with the 3DS version??? Clearly they just do not like Skylanders??? About the game...It is a great fun little game. I enjoyed it very much right to the very end, reminds me of older platforms back in the day. Waiting for more adventure packs to come out so I can continue my adventure in skylands. Love the wireless mini portal (good to use for your PC too!) and the exclusive Ignitor figure! Great game to pick up if you like Spyro or Skylanders on the console! Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2011
    9
    Skylanders is one of the best platformers I've played on a handheld in quite some time. The game is broken down into different portals allSkylanders is one of the best platformers I've played on a handheld in quite some time. The game is broken down into different portals all accessible from the "Radiant Isles"; which acts as a home base area. Each of the portals consists of multiple levels with each level giving several different objectives to complete (similar to Mario 64). The characters (skylanders) that you can load up into the game each have their own strengths and weaknesses and also gain power and new abilities by leveling them up through game-play, with a max level of 10 to my knowledge. Even with the 30 or so different characters they have, you only really need 8 (1 of each element) to fully 100% the game. The game is simple enough for young gamers, but also very enjoyable for older gamers alike with the speed run objectives and the higher difficulty of fully completing the game . The only downside is on the 3DS version is the lack of multiplayer and PVP, although, the game is cross-platform, so bring your skylanders to a friends house that has it on the console version and upload them through their portal. Even with high price I recommend this game to anyone looking for a great platformer on a handheld because your definitely going to get what you pay for! Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2012
    8
    Though a little on the pricey side for most gamers, it's worth looking into. the mechanic of using the portal is novel and rather ingenious asThough a little on the pricey side for most gamers, it's worth looking into. the mechanic of using the portal is novel and rather ingenious as it is a successful bridge between the toy and video game world. I was put off by the fact that if you want to get 100% completion on the game, you're going to be shelling out quite a bit of money but on it's own with no additional characters this game is pretty good! The biggest difference between this game for the 3ds and the wii/xbox/ps3 version is that the gameplay is more in line with the classical "spyro" feel in that it's a platforming game which surely benefits from the 3d. the characters' designs and it's presentation belies it's target demographic being the younger crowd and i'm sure that they would likely enjoy it. for the mature gamer, however, it still holds enough appeal to the point where it's not a complete dissapointment.

    so, pros... a solid platformer that benefits greatly from the 3d, cute and charming character designs, rich and detailed worlds and surely reminiscent of the old spyro games of old.

    cons...: the fact you have to shell out money for the figures feels like a cash-grab, figures are consistently out of stock so finding new characters is an uphill battle and surely a frustrating affair, losing the figures or the base will screw you out of being able to swap out characters. a solid 7. not the best game in the world but definately not the worst... though the fact that this game comes packaged with a whole slew of diehard fans (whom will surely take the time to tell you why you're wrong if you like this game in the most annoying and childish manner) is a down point... but, i'm not going to punish the game itself for the slew of insufferable fanatics that have gravitated to this game. (and if you pay attention, most of the whining is because the game is a departure in design and theme from the old... but, if the gaming industry never took chances and tried new and daring things, we'd still be stuck playing pong, pacman and space invaders.)
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  4. Oct 19, 2011
    4
    The other review does not address the "meat" of the game and is mainly an attack on the marketing scheme used to sell the game. In my opinionThe other review does not address the "meat" of the game and is mainly an attack on the marketing scheme used to sell the game. In my opinion the other reviewer was warranted in attacking the way the game was marketed but after purchasing the game I have a few things to note. 1)The figurines are simply unlocks for in game content they do not contain the actual DLC

    2)The 3DS version as expected is a bit castrated. You cannot use one of the adventure packs on the 3DS version

    3)The 3DS version does not allow you to view your character information when setting a figurine on the portal
    4)The 3DS version does not allow you to wipe your figurine data to trade with someone else

    5)The 3DS version does not allow you to nickname your character

    6)There are conflicting reports of this as the game manual and one very brief in game dialogue box state that you can save your stats to your figurine. Some fan forums are claiming the 3DS simply notes which figurine you currently have and saves the stats with the games cartridge save. 7)The 3DS version is not "future proof" it has been rumored any future adventure packs and figurines will not be compatible with the 3DS version.

    8)The 3DS version is not "wireless" it uses the IR port like a TV remote and has to be pointed at just the right angle to communicate with the "portal of power"

    9)The 3DS version "gameplay" consists of simply rushing to the end of a level for every level.

    As far as the gameplay goes, the 3DS version has essentially the same level repeated over and over. You rush to the end of a level using normal platformer mechanics. Without the fun and challenge of something like super mario 64. It's honestly the same level mechanics copy pasted over the entire game. The console versions are sort of like an RPG. That being said the game is beautifully done and a lot of work has gone into cut scenes obviously geared towards children. The voice acting could have been much worse and the game is fairly bug free. However the game cannot be completed unless you have one figurine of each element so in essence you're buying an incomplete game from the start. In the case of the 3DS version you're buying an incomplete game with copy pasted level design and enemies at the same price as a console version with more features. I leave it up to the reader to decide if it's worth a purchase
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  5. Jul 1, 2013
    3
    This is sad. When I first saw the game, I didn't even recognize Spyro. The commercial made him sound like a girl. So of course I was f******This is sad. When I first saw the game, I didn't even recognize Spyro. The commercial made him sound like a girl. So of course I was f****** confused on who was who. Sony should have stuck with the original cast and not make it to where no one can tell who the hell Spyro was. When Sega had to change how Sonic looked, they didn't change who he was completely. Just a pallete change, add color to the eyes, and change how his shoes looked. Sega didn't make him look like a rabbit or anything. He was still Sonic, but he was recognizable. Someone please put poor Spyro to rest instead of torturing him. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2012
    0
    I'd like to say first I've not actually played this game. But I can tell you I won't be buying it because of the marketing- if I buy a game,I'd like to say first I've not actually played this game. But I can tell you I won't be buying it because of the marketing- if I buy a game, for £60, I expect to get a full game. But skylanders, you don't- you have to shell out an absolute fortune in order to get the full game. A game would have to be absolutely AWESOME to get me to pay out hundreds of pounds to get other characters. Normal games just have unlockable characters in game- I know this is a new and novel idea, but it's an expensive one that the majority of gamers (especially children) can't afford to pay out for. Expand
  7. Dec 24, 2011
    0
    Once again Activision has paid all critics. The truth is that this game sucks almost as much than mw3 (that got really bad reviews from users)Once again Activision has paid all critics. The truth is that this game sucks almost as much than mw3 (that got really bad reviews from users) I you liked old spyro dont get this crap (even legend series was better) Expand

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