We are being a little overwhelmed with games like Skylanders or Disney Infinity, or even with amiibos. Here’s a couple of notes of what you need to know about these games.
Activision had the brilliant idea to release a game which requires a real figure for you to play. These kind of games have existed on tabletop games, with the digital era, but none had so much impact than Skylanders to make this a successful video game model.
I’ll be focusing this time on Skylanders. If you prefer to read about other of these games, choose among these: Disney Infinity, Nintendo amiibos, LEGO.
Skylanders brought this wave of figures to video games, making use of our desire to collect things. And it was welcomed with open arms. But what do you need to know about this game?
Let’s start with the video game idea and mechanics, first, and with it’s first pack: Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure.
On Spyro’s Adventure, we must save the Skylands from the tyrant KAOS, with the help of the skylanders, who fell to Earth. By placing them on the Portal of Power, you will unlock their powers and abilities. In this action-platformer, we may change our character while we play, so we can use the best for the job ahead of us.
There are 8 elements (fire, water, earth, life, air, tech, magic and undead), each with 4 characters, with Spyro being of the Magic type. Funny that every element has a dragon!
A character power stats are divided by power, armor, agility and luck.
The characters from this game that you collect, like Eruptor or Gill Grunt, have a green base, and are available to play in Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, Giants, SWAP Force and Trap Team.
Developed by Toys for Bob (Wii version), Vicarious Visions (3DS version), XPEC Entertainment (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) and Frima Studio (iPhone, iPad and Web version), Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure is available for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PlaySation 3 and Xbox 360.
Years ago, Skylanders Giants fought on Skylands, but were banished to Earth. By placing them on the Portal of Power, you can use their powers to save Skylands against the ancient Arkeyans.
This one features 3 new kinds of characters: Giant, Series 2 and Lightcore.
Giant are massive beings, strong and tall. Lightcore characters are protectors of the Core of Light, which makes them shine on the Portal of Power, and powerful. Series 2 characters are fan-favorite Skylanders brought into the new game, able to be played in the game where they first appeared.
In this new game, the elements remain the same, with 6 extra characters for each one: 1 giant and a new character, but also 3 Series 2 characters and 1 Lightcore character.
The Giants, the new characters and the Lightcore characters, have an orange base (as well as the Series 2 from this game), and are available to play in Skylanders Giants, SWAP Force and Trap Team.
Skylanders Giants is available for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PlaySation 3 and Xbox 360.
For years, the SWAP Force protected a volcano that replenishes’ Skylands magic. But an eruption blasted them apart to Earth. Use their ability to swap between them, on the Portal of Power, to create the best creature to save Skylands.
This new one features a new kind of characters, SWAP Force, and a new Portal of Power.
SWAP Force characters can switch their base or torso with another SWAP character, unlocking new abilities.
In this new game, the elements continue the same, with 7 extra characters for each one: 2 SWAP characters and 2 new character, but also 1 Series 2/ 3 character and 1 Lightcore character.
All of these characters have a blue base, and are available to play on Skylanders SWAP Force and Trap Team.
Skylanders SWAP Force is available for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PlaySation 3 and Xbox 360.
With the Cloudcracker Prison destroyed, villains roam Skylands. Send the Trap Team through the Portal of Power and use the Traptonium Crystals to capture the villains and use them to fight on your side.
This game features 2 new elements, Light and Dark, Crystals, Trap Masters and playable villains.
Each of the 8 principal elements have 6 extra characters: 2 Trap Masters, 2 Minis and 2 new characters . The 2 new elements have 2 Trap Masters, each. Fire, Water, Air, Life and Magic have also a 1 Series 2/ 3/ 4 character
All of these characters have a red base, and are only available to play on Skylanders Trap Team.
And of course, there are the playable villains for each element: 3 for Magic, 4 for Fire, Undead and Air, 5 for Earth, Light and Dark, 6 for Water, Tech and Life and you can even play as Kaos. But you need a trap, of the same element of the villain, for each one.
Skylanders Trap Team is available for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PlaySation 3, Xbox 360 and also for Mobile (Tablet, iOS and android).
Eon’s Elite are 8 Skylanders, one of each element, originally from Spyro’s Adventure, that are supposed to lead others against the forces of evil. They have the biggest in-game boosts incorporated in a Skylander toy.
There are also Skylanders in colour variations!
Kaos unleashed The Doom Station of Ultimate Doomstruction! A special team has been assembled to ride incredible vehicles. Send the SuperChargers and their vehicles through the Portal of Power and save Skylands.
The game brings 20 extra characters and 20 vehicles. There are 3 types of vehicles: You can drive on land, sail across Sea or fly through the Sky.
The SuperChargers characters are on engines bases and you can play with your other Skylanders and pilot as well!
Skylanders SuperChargers will be available on September 20, for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Wii U, PlaySation 3, Xbox 360 and also for Mobile (Tablet, iOS and android).
These are the 4 existing games and the upcoming one. But hey, are you confused with all the characters kinds or what character can be played on your game?
Keep in mind that gameplay content, features and functionality differ for Wii and Nintendo 3DS!