Skylanders

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Skylanders
Skylanders logo.png
Genres Action game
Developers Toys For Bob
Vicarious Visions
Frima Studio
n-Space
Beenox
Publishers Activision
Neoplay (South America)
Square Enix (Japan)
First release Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Latest release Skylanders: Swap Force
October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)
Official website www.skylanders.com

Skylanders is a video game series that is published by Activision. The games are played along with toy figures that interact with it through a "Portal of Power", that reads their tag through NFC. The "Portal" Changes colors as it interacts with the game.

This fictional based game has eight elemental categories that a Skylander can be: Earth, Air, Fire, Magic, Water, Life, Tech and Undead. In addition to the standard figures, there are additional unique named variants (examples include "Dark Spyro" for Skylander: Spyro's Adventure and "Punch Pop Fizz" for Skylanders: Giants, both exclusives for the Nintendo 3DS versions of the respective game), "legendary" variants (exclusive to Toys "R" Us in the US) and 'sidekick' Skylanders released. The second game introduced the "Giants", series 2 versions of the returning characters (featuring a new exclusive upgrade called a Wow Pow Power as well as the ability to switch upgrade path), and "lightcore" figures (which light up while on the portal and have a light bomb attack when first entered into the game level). The third game of the series, Swap Force, introduces the "Swap Force" figures with the ability to switch top and bottom halves, as well as currently fan-dubbed "series 3 versions", supposedly featuring an additional Wow Pow Power as well as another new feature.

Some of the Skylanders available for play include Spyro the Dragon and Cynder, who were both included in The Legend of Spyro series, though Skylanders is otherwise unrelated to the Spyro franchise.

The console versions of each game follow similar storylines while the 3DS versions follow stories different to those of the console versions.

Games[edit]

Year Title Developer(s) Platform(s)
Console Computer Handheld Mobile
2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Toys For Bob, Vicarious Visions (3DS) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Nintendo 3DS
2011 Skylanders Universe Frima Studio Web
2012 Skylanders: Cloud Patrol Vicarious Visions iOS, Android
2012 Skylanders: Lost Islands Vicarious Visions iOS, Android
2012 Skylanders: Battlegrounds Vicarious Visions iOS, Android
2012 Skylanders: Giants Toys For Bob, Vicarious Visions (Wii U), n-Space (3DS) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U Nintendo 3DS
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Vicarious Visions, n-Space (3DS), Beenox (Wii) PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii, Wii U Nintendo 3DS

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of 3 February 2013.
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (PC) 93.00%[1]
(3DS) 84.29%[2]
(X360) 80.95%[3]
(Wii) 80.18%[4]
(PS3) 79.23%[5]
(3DS) 82/100[6]
(Wii) 81/100[7]
(X360) 78/100[8]
(PS3) 77/100[9]
Skylanders: Giants (X360) 81.64%[10]
(PS3) 79.69%[11]
(WiiU) 78.17%[12]
(Wii) 77.57%[13]
(3DS) 63.10%[14]
(X360) 80/100[15]
(WiiU) 80/100[16]
(PS3) 78/100[17]
(Wii) 78/100[18]
(3DS) 59/100[19]

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure received generally favorable reviews, many praising the technological use of the "Portal of Power". Although some reviewers criticized the absence of online multiplayer, the toys for the Skylanders were also widely praised. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure was nominated for two Toy Industry Association awards: "Game of the Year" and "Innovative Toy of the Year".[20]

Skylanders Giants was released to generally positive reviews. However, the reviews from GameRankings and Metacritic were slightly lower than that of the previous game, on most platforms. Cheat Code Central gave the game 9.2/10 and commented that "it feels like someone finally got everything right when creating a sequel," and praising the ability to use the Skylanders toys from the first game in the second.

As of February 2014 the Skylanders series has crossed the $2 billion in sales threshold, with 175 million toys sold since 2011, it makes the series one of the top 20 highest-selling video game franchises of all time.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for 3DS". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for 3DS". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for Wii". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Xbox 360". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Skylanders Giants for PlayStation 3". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Wii U". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Wii". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Skylanders Giants for 3DS". GameRankings. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Wii U". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Skylanders Giants for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Skylanders Giants for Wii". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Skylanders Giants for 3DS". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Appell, Adrienne. "Toy Industry Unveils Nominees for 2012 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards; Announces Inductees into Toy Industry Hall of Fame". Toy Industry Association. 
  21. ^ Dyer, Mitch. "Skylanders in 'Top 20' Game Franchises Ever, 175 Million Toys Sold". IGN. 

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