Electronic Theatre Preview: Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

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Now many of you will instantly read the title and assume Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is another cheap and cheerful Spyro game for kids to enjoy, and not much more than that. Given the recent history of the Spyro the Dragon franchise you’d not be criticised for taking such a stance, but in fact you’d be very wrong. Yes, that lovable purple dragon does feature in Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, but it’s not solely about the cute fire breathing mythological beast, you can choose to be other characters and will need to in order to complete this new adventure from Activision.

Firstly, it should be mentioned that the unique selling point of the videogame is in its peripherals. When you purchase Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure you’ll also get a circular peripheral called a portal and three figures to use with it – Gill Grunt, Trigger Happy and Spyro the Dragon. These figures when placed on the portal can then be used in-game to start your adventures. Hence Spyro not necessarily being the main character, but rather just a recognisable selling point. However, given the premise of real-world figures, it would be a bit boring if only three characters were available. Over the next few months twenty nine additional characters will be made available to purchase, allowing fans to expand their collection and presumably unlock extras within the game. Electronic Theatre has been reliably informed that these additional figures will be available in single and triple packs.

The main game is an adventure role-playing game (RPG): as a skylander it is your task to save the Skylands and its inhabitants from the evil master Kaos utilising each of the characters special abilities. For example, Spyro has fire and Gill Grunt has water. Players can use these different abilities help to solve the various puzzles located throughout the game. Of course, it’s fairly easy to predict that optional extras will be hidden behind routes only traversable with additional creatures. In addition to the single-player game there is also a co-operative mode and a battle mode to test your characters against one another. The battle mode is a simple deathmatch scenario, with various traps and jump pads to help defeat your enemy or manoeuvre around the arena. In the preview build  Electronic Theatre played only a one-on-one option was available, however the set-up leads us to presume more expansive battles might be available.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure looks the same as many of Spyro’s other games just with a bit more gloss, big bold designs with lots of colour. The game is nothing amazing visually, but then it is for kids and wouldn’t be expected to be groundbreaking in that respect.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is coming out on all the major console formats but an important point to note is that the figures themselves are compatible on all the different systems, and that they hold the information from all their adventures and upgrades received during the game so that you can take your model round a friends and even if it’s a different system and still play with all your stats.

With everything that Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is offering from the cross platform compatibility to the collectable figures this is sure to be a hit when it’s launched on 14th October 2011. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, and other forthcoming titles from Activision.

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