Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 12, 2012
    While the gameplay hasn't received many updates, the entire package is definitely enough to keep your collection growing.
  2. Dec 14, 2012
    What makes this edition of Skylanders Giants the best one are the high-definition graphics and the GamePad functionality. [Dec 2012, p.73]
  3. Dec 14, 2012
    Skylanders Giants is a perfect companion game for a Wii U-centric holiday morning. Any young kids on your holiday shopping list will love it, but keep in mind they'll probably get hooked on the little plastic figures and you'll end up buying more of them. As a standalone game, however, it's a merely decent dungeon crawler and the figure-scanning gimmick might actually present some redundancy and irritation for older gamers.
  4. Jan 7, 2013
    Skylanders Giants is a great adventure game for its target audience and the perfect excuse for the rest of us to collect the toys. It's hard to shake the feeling of déjà vu though, with Skylanders Giants looking, feeling and playing almost identical to the original. It's also a shame that the obvious potential of it RPG mechanics haven't been realised yet.
  5. 90
    With no way for Skylanders veterans to dive into the Wii U version without buying the Starter Kit, the best bet may be to stick with whatever system you've been using and wait until the next year's version to consider jumping to Wii U. Skylanders Giants is excellent, and the Wii U version is a fine port, but until the near-field communication technology on the GamePad is used in the game, this version is unfortunately hampered.
  6. Dec 13, 2012
    Skylanders Giants delivers what would easily have been the best toy/game of my childhood and I can foresee this being the game that gets a lot of young kids into the medium. The fact that it looks and sounds great and has amazing quality toys to go along with it only sweetens the deal.
  7. Nov 30, 2012
    Depending on the collection of Skylander figures that you already own, the number of areas that can just be opened by your wallet will vary - and so will the fun you will have with the Giants. That aside the new adventure in the Skylanders shows improvements on almost every level. Unfortunately the use of the Wii U GamePad is quite superficial.
  8. Jan 7, 2013
    The Wii U edition doesn't have any new features that makes it much better than others, but just enough to make an already great game even better on this new console.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 24, 2013
    This game is great! I hear a lot of reviews about it being for children but as an adult I can say I enjoy it as much as any other game. With less time in my day available to sink into playing a video games I don't really want to spend 50 hours a week trying to beat something. Skylanders lets me come home, put a guy on a portal, and have some fun. The learning curve is low as the characters only have a handful of moves to use. There puzzles throughout the game that range from very simple to slightly challenging depending on if you're trying to get a perfect score or just beat it. If you're worried about it being "too easy" put the game on hard. You can't just close your eyes and mash buttons to beat it, you will have to actually try to avoid attacks. Even as giants your health is not infinite :). Worth picking up, collecting the little guys may just become an addicting hobby! Full Review »
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    Great fun for kids and parents! The portal with the characters you can put on it is an awesome idea. The graphics are simple but pretty cute and super smooth. The game play in the story mode is pretty cool and full of nice role playing elements. Full Review »