Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Oct 15, 2013
    Whether you’re a Skylanders fan or a gamer who’s looking for a charming and unique family-friendly game series to get into, Skylanders SWAP Force comes highly recommended.
  2. Oct 14, 2013
    Even though there has been some strong competition, Skylanders is a wonderful example of pursuing substance over the flash of a few extra characters. At least I can continue supporting at least one franchise, knowing that it focuses on a progression of substance.
  3. Oct 13, 2013
    Vicarious Visions sets a new bar for the Skylanders series with Swap Force. They give you more characters, better level design, improved looks and a larger library of Skylanders to play with. It's definitely the best game in the series so far.
  4. Dec 12, 2013
    A classic recipe, elevated to a “gourmet” level: with Swap Force Activision produced a visually stunning game, an engaging experience, perfect for a father-and-son gameplay experience. And the statues are amazing.
  5. Dec 5, 2013
    Skylanders keeps getting better, and your budget for figures has to keep getting bigger.
  6. Nov 9, 2013
    The technology used in Skylanders games and the overall experience of the portal and the toys is great. On top of that, with Swap Force we have an awesome videogame that is more than ideal for young gamers and their parents.
  7. Oct 14, 2013
    Provided families can restraint their children’s desire to collect them all, Skylanders Swap Force not only offers a huge amount of toy and video-game, but does so at a reasonable price.
  8. Oct 13, 2013
    Despite the slightly higher cost of admission ($75 versus $60), and the addictive yet very wallet-unfriendly collectible aspect, Skylanders Swap Force is still a great game and a great value for the content and replayability you get right out of the box.
  9. Dec 4, 2013
    As a fan of the series and also as a father who's always looking for quality games for his kids to get into, Skylanders: Swap Force is easy to recommend. It looks great, it plays great, it's appropriate for all ages, and it's a genuine improvement on what the series has delivered in the past.
  10. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Nov 11, 2013
    Packed full of content. Looks and plays better than ever before. Consider us a fan of the Skyland. [December 2013, p78]
  11. Oct 31, 2013
    Skylanders: Swap Force is very good.
  12. Oct 24, 2013
    Swap Force is another winning entry in the Skylanders series, proving once again that games aimed at children can provide fun for those that detest them. Deep pockets will be required to get the most out of the game, but even the vanilla version still represents value for money.
  13. Oct 22, 2013
    Swap Force is not only a new chapter of the best-selling video game of all time: it is a genuine stroke of genius.
  14. Oct 22, 2013
    Skylanders Swap Force is a consistent step forward for the franchise, raising the bar of the family-oriented genre.
  15. Oct 17, 2013
    Skylanders Swap Force is probably the most complete and successful installment of this franchise for children from Activision. The possibility of combining different Swap Force figurines widen the options. Furthermore, we can even use our Skylanders Spyro's Adventures and Skylanders Giants figurines, and both would include playable options.
  16. Oct 14, 2013
    Developer Vicarious Visions doesn't change the winning team, but adds a rather interesting swap mechanic to the already interesting gameplay elements from its predecessors. The challenge is at times perhaps a bit too steep, but other than that this is once again a fine entry in the Skylanders franchise.
  17. Oct 19, 2013
    Again, Skylanders is interesting for kids, a big and great beat'em up adventure this time full of minigames and challenges. The 16 SWAP Force figures let to switch the bodies and form new characters. This is a wonderful idea for the varied gameplay.
  18. Oct 13, 2013
    More than anything else, Skylanders is just fun – but to get the most out of it, you'll end up paying the price of the game a couple times over.
  19. Nov 6, 2013
    Based on the great idea of swapping character-parts and -skills you can have a lot of fun with the new Skylanders. Provided you are willing to spend a lot of money for the new creatures. But if you do, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful and entertaining game for the whole family.
  20. Oct 29, 2013
    Swap Force is the best game in the series to date, has a lot of content to offer and covers a wider range of audience. Even experienced players will be lost in the rhythm and variety that sometimes looks like a marriage between Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. You need a serious amount of money to make the most of it, but at the same time, when you decide to buy another Skylander, you know how much value it represents to your own adventure on the television.
  21. Oct 24, 2013
    SWAP Force is in many ways a surprise. It remedies a raft of the series’ biggest issues whilst adding its own twists.
  22. Oct 22, 2013
    Skylanders SWAP Force is clearly the best episode in the series. The new SWAP Force figures represent a good addition in terms of fun and gameplay, the graphics are much better than in GIANTS, and there's also a lot more variety inside every levels. The only problem is still the same though: everything is done to make you want to buy new figures again and again... and buying them will cost you a lot!
  23. Oct 20, 2013
    If Vicarious Visions has proven one thing with Skylanders Swap Force, it's that the toy-to-life genre is showing no signs of becoming another ephemeral fad. The game takes the series to a new creative peak without compromising the level of fun and charm that has helped Skylanders attain the status of global phenomenon.
  24. Oct 16, 2013
    SWAP Force is a terrific game that offers so many new things to keep the series fresh. A great and humorous story, colourful environments, deep campaign and swappable characters make this a great game you shouldn't miss.
  25. 80
    Yes, SWAP Force could prove to be the most expensive thing you buy this holiday season (and that’s including a PS4 and launch games), but it’ll pay out in hours of playtime with children or non-gamers who are turned off from gaming’s penchant for violence.
  26. Oct 13, 2013
    After expanding the stable of available figures with two-piece toys, it's clear that Swap Force's best asset is its versatile delivery of fun. It's not limited by the M-rated audience gaming typically caters to. Kids, male and female gamers of all ages, and even my SO can find something to like in Skylanders and everything to hate in the virtual killing fields of Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.
  27. Oct 21, 2013
    Time is running, and Skylanders now has some competitors to fight with. The new weapon of the brand is called SWAP Force. With its new figures to combine, the game takes a fresh start. Variety is expensive though: you'll have to buy again and again to avoid to be frustrated. Even with a certain amount of new features, the adventure keeps being very straight forward. But it's the most interesting episode anyway.

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User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 19, 2013
    Kid friendly hack n slash, sign me up! Skylanders Swap Force (SSF) takes the older games and adds onto them. My perspective is written fromKid friendly hack n slash, sign me up! Skylanders Swap Force (SSF) takes the older games and adds onto them. My perspective is written from an eight year old boys account and I can tell you every minute of this game has been enjoyed thus far. From an adult perspective I respect the development company for not choking our wallets dry with each expansion and allowing the previous series of Skylanders to be playable on the new systems.

    SSF new characters didn't add a whole lot to the combat style, swapping the bottoms and tops felt a little clunky and hearing some of the random comments the little one made he felt close to the same way. However this didn't deter or distract from the fun hack n slash nature of the game. Another great feature which I liked was the new gate systems (locked areas) with SSF the new gates are restricted with two elements. However they do not force you to have the swap force characters as long as both elements are present, swap character or two characters with the proper element, the gate will open. Each new swap force character has a trait on their base, there are a total of eight different traits on the bases of these characters. The newest gates use these traits, and what was added to them can be some fun and challenging mini games. For the two that I was able to try both wall climb and rocket boost were interesting changes of pace from the hack n slash style of the story missions. The young one playing alongside me really enjoyed them and felt great when he was able to complete the challenges by himself.

    Another great feature that was added to SSF was the portal of power player level. The achievement system implemented gives the young (and lets be honest, old) ones a reason to replay those levels and search every nook and cranny for those secrets. Albeit you'll probably end up spending some big bucks to collect everything if this is your first go at the Skylanders universe. All in all this game was great, the young one beside me couldn't stop talking about the first two games, and this game isn't any different. In my honest opinion the best feature added with this game is the difficulty setting. This will help the younger players beat those pesky levels from the first two games that they always needed help with and also challenge the older folks who enjoy the game but breeze through the story missions.
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  2. Oct 16, 2013
    The toy concept coming to life in the game world is cool, but each iteration of this franchise has seen a trend of more adventure content andThe toy concept coming to life in the game world is cool, but each iteration of this franchise has seen a trend of more adventure content and higher quality presentation! Swap Force has successfully carried the momentum of high quality and adventure pack for this franchise in my opinion. I look forward to the next Skylanders game! Full Review »