Should You Buy Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure? Yes.

Mixing together video games and collectible toys, Activision? How very Captain Power of you. As many will no doubt remember, the good captain and his soldiers of the future wound up defending clearance aisles from evil until fading into obscurity. Should a simillar fate befall Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure? It's time for a Gut Check.

Evan Narcisse, relatively new father: Skylanders smacks too much of an attempt to grab cash from two markets at once. The cross-platform portable save technology might be great, and the game may even be fun but I feel like this is one instance where voting with your wallet is super-important. The calculus behind this mash-up of collectible toys and video games just seems to be nakedly concerned with setting up another franchise, one that will engender a COD-style, rabidly loyal audience in young kids. The tech's the main story here and you can get the kind of gaming experience offered in Skylanders from other games that don't ask you to buy a bunch of plastic. No.

Michael Fahey, even newer father twice over: I was right there with Evan as I begun playing Skylanders this weekend, smirking at the obvious attempt to transform one revenue stream into two. As I played the game I discovered doors that couldn't be opened without a certain type of Skylander. There were special collectible powers for characters I did not own, complete with a dynamic video commercial aimed at showing kids how amazing this figure they did not own was. These are moments manufactured specifically to get children to beg their parents for more toys. How diabolically evil. Well it won't work on me, Activision.

Yesterday I went to Toys"R"Us and purchased $US40 worth of additional Skylanders stuff. Damn it. Yes.

Tristan, 10-year-old gamer, fan of Age of Empires Online (which he can play) and Call of Duty (which he can't): It's a fun game. I like that you get to run around with characters that are also toys. I also liked that there were a lot of guys to choose from. I like how when they go up in levels they get new sorts of attacks. Yes.

Brian, father of Tristan: I sort of didn't like the game initially because it felt a bit light, a bit repetitive and had unimpressive graphics, but those physical representations of your characters sure do make a difference. After playing the game for several hours with my son, I was enjoying the expanding gameplay and abilities. Later he walked the rest of the family through one of our adventures using one of the toys, a dinner plate, napkin, fork and salt shaker. This is a video game that can ignite your child's imagination. Yes.

I was almost positive this Gut Check would have ended up a no before I started gathering opinions, but I underestimated the power of fatherhood and (in my case) rabid toy collector mentality. I am a weak man. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure game bundles and toys are available now for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC and 3DS.


Comments

    Gut Check: Do you trust these posts?

      I'm buying it for my 10-year-old. But there's no way in hell I'd buy it if I didn't have kids.

      Not a chance. I've read these before and its overwhelmingly positive for the game... no matter what it is.

      But I'm sure they'll probably take note of these complaints soon and just put in a deliberate no soon :)

      NO (to be imagined over a montage of Kotaku US writers tinted green)

        Well played, Sir Ape. Completely agree.

      Not even a little, they seem really sycophantic and Kotaku should really drop them, or better yet filter them out for Au readers. I don't want to know gut responses. I want news and opinions based on experience and exposure.

    There is simply not enough info about the game in this to sway me eitehr way. I have seen the ads, and sure, my inner child said "hey cool!". But i have a wife, spending money on pieces of plastic that collect dust is just not on my list of allowable nerdy behaviour.

    I only saw this today and it looks great, I'd rather interact with my kid obsessing over something than the Ben10 on you tube (mainly polish & italian for for some reason) & while it may seem expensive for the game & added toys a single special edition is more for UC3 or BF3 etc. How much do you actually spend on your hobbies? Spend some where you can play together.

    How is it "igniting your child's imagination" by inspiring them to... attempt to imitate exactly what they just saw? I'm not too sure about that definition of "imagination".

    My daughter is a mere infant, but this is a BIG "no" for me.

    Good Game reviewed it, Bajo and Hex giving it a 7 and 6.5 respectively.

    It didn't look particularly enthralling, but then again I am neither a new father nor ten years old.

    Penny Arcades Gabe has a good write up about it basically saying it's fun and good for parents and kids play but they really twist your arm into buying more figures. When the figures you have die there's a timer before they can be used again which encourages you to have more figures.

    This sounds... rubbish to me.

    No details on the game whatsoever. Is it a decent platformer? Or do you do what you do for most "platformers" nowadays (ie - wander around some flat worlds with maybe a few things to jump over getting into fights)?

    Also, the game serves as an advert for toys, and buying these toys sounds like the only way to unlock stuff in the game? Well, I guess it's better than DLC in that you get a toy, but chances are the stuff it'll unlock will be less and the toys will be more expensive.

    Just read Aaron's post - YOU HAVE TO KEEP BUYING TOYS?!? (well, okay, if they die but even so)

    I want it.awesome.I want to get 2 of each element. My favourite skylanders are Ghost Roaster and Camo and wrecking ball. SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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