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  • Summary: The small purple dragon returns, bringing with him new friends in this peripheral-based adventure.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    Skylanders signifies a new start for the franchise – a step back to Spyro's roots, yet a step into the future.
  2. 90
    An extremely well-designed game that is perfect for kids. Unfortunately for parents, this game is wonderful and addictive, meaning that most kids who get their hands on this will crave more characters to collect them all.
  3. Oct 31, 2011
    In the end, Skylanders knows exactly what it trying to be – a family friendly affair featuring cool creatures.
  4. Nov 9, 2011
    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.
  5. Jan 10, 2012
    It's an awesome game, the only caveat being that it has more hidden fees than most airlines.
  6. Dec 7, 2011
    A fun, silly, occasionally challenging romp. [Dec 2011, p.67]
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    The overall package is one that only fairly young players with generous parents are going to really enjoy. [Nov 2011, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    My children received this game from a relative who lives far away for Christmas only to get it home and find that it doesn't work. The "portal" will only recognize the character if it's held about 6 inches over the portal. Once it's placed on the portal a alert comes up on the game asking you to place the character on the portal. After looking online for a way to solve this problem I see that many people are having similar problems with the "portal", including dead spots, not registering characters, not working at all, etc.

    Now the idea behind this game is obviously all about selling packs of additional characters to add to your arsenal. That being said, you should be able to toss this portal off a building and have it still work. Once the portal is broken, which seems incredibly easy considering the age group this game is aimed at, the sales of additional characters comes to a halt.

    I have tried to contact Activision for 3 days and have had no luck. The phone line brings you to automated answers to questions that any person who read the directions already knows and then hangs up on you. The website, after filling out all the information, returned me to a screen that stated "you cannot create an account at this time" NICE!

    I would recommend staying away from Activision products (see MW3 review) until they realize that ripping people off is NOT an acceptable business practice.
  2. Aug 14, 2012
    a very addicting franchise, i only intended to collect a few of the toys, but once i started, i couldnt stop! now im only missing two figures, not including the legendary figures, i want more boomer and wham shells in stock, along with the rest of the skylanders, they are in too low stock country-wide (U.S.A) and i think they aren't working hard enough to make them more available even though they said they were, but its a very innovative game style and i like the colorful figures and how they interact with the portal of power and how Richard Horvitz (voice of invader zim, my favorite tv show) voices the main villian, Kaos! FEAR HIS GIANT FLOATING HEAD! :DDDDD Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2011
    When I got this game, I wasn't expecting too much (good few hours of fun) but this game is addictive! It is great to be able to swap characters on the fly, the environments and music are great. I would recommend this game for any parents who have kids (I even found myself playing co-op with my son!) Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2012
    Skylander's Spyros Adventure is like a family friendly Skyrim. This is a must for kids of all ages, even if they are not fans of Spyro (note that I am not a Spyro fan). And if you and/or your kids are Spyro fans, this is something you NEED. This game features a revolutionary game play that allows you to use the Skylanders figures to choose which characters to play as. The game also features and original storyline, the best graphics you can get on the Wii. This is a nice family friendly game that even teenagers will probably enjoy. And the game is easy enough for kids, but not too easy. I think anyone who likes fantasy should get this game. This is also good because of it's use of co-op multiplayer, and competitive multiplayer. Expand
  5. Feb 12, 2012
    A fun multiplayer game that is aimed at all audiences. You don't half to be a hardcore gamer to play this game with a family member. It's fun leveling up your characters and they are all very interesting since they each have their own elemental type as well as moves. Although this game is fun at first it is very simple to beat and honestly doesn't have a whole lot of replay value. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2014
    Ok, LISTEN UP. I'm speaking from a long-time veteran point of view, so not everyone will agree with me. Does this game look good? Decent is a better way to put it. Is the humor/comedy funny? Hit-and-miss. Are the characters memorable? Only Spyro, Cynder, and Sparx. But the main reason I rated this game so low is because, first and foremost, it just DOES NOT feel like a Spyro game. I think the concept is neat, since it's never really been done before, but then even THAT isn't all well, as you must syphon out tons of money to get the game in the first place (if you're buying it for the first time) as it's roughly $40 for the game, portal, and starter characters, and another $10 - $20 for each additional character. And honestly, for being part of the Spyro franchise, this series has nearly NOTHING to do with Spyro himself. You don't have to use him at all seeing as there are other characters of his element, and I wish they could've put a lot more focus into Spyro. When I first heard of this game, I honestly thought it was a joke. Spyro's downright ABSURD redesign is the first thing I saw, besides the title, of the game, and I instantly knew it wasn't going to be all that great. I mean, THIS was the next big Spyro project after the glorious Legend reboot trilogy? And this project took the place of a Legend of Spyro MOVIE?! You can probably understand why I'm peeved about this. It upsets me that this is getting so much praise and frankly I don't think it deserves it. I wish Activision would "pull a Ubisoft" so to speak and split Spyro from Skylanders (Rayman fans will get what I mean by that); I feel I could enjoy Skylanders more if that were to happen. It's not really that Skylanders doesn't belong with Spyro (because duh, they're already together), but more Spyro doesn't belong with Skylanders. To bring us true fans back to Spyro's roots, any future Spyro games to come out of the series shouldn't be Skylanders-related. NOW, with that being said, I do have some positives about this game and its series; the controls are nice and easy to get a hold of, there are plenty of cool collectables, and the questing in general is quite nice. The graphics are ok, and the character designs (beside Spyro's) are alright, but like I said, most these new characters are forgettable. I feel very conflicted here, but in conclusion, if you just want this game for the action and clectables, then I say pick this game up, but if you're a long-time Spyro fan thinking this game will be even remotely similar to any past Spyro platformer, STAY AWAY. You will most likely be disappointed. Collapse
  7. Dec 24, 2011
    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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