Skylanders Giants Starter Pack Review
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If you’re like me you’re probably wondering what all of the craze is over on this new Skylanders Giants game! It looks cute but I wasn’t really sure what to expect. This starter pack we received to review was for the Wii but it’s also available for PS3, XBOX 360, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS. This starter set comes with the game, a portal and 3 figurines – you must have a portal and at least one figuring to play the game.
You plug the portal into the Wii console (or other gaming console) and it will light up. You can only place one figurine on the portal at a time, but once you do your player in the game is automatically the figurine you have chosen. What’s really neat about that is that each Skylanders Giant has a particular trait with special powers.
You can interchange your figurine on the portal while you are playing depending on what power you want your player to have/become! It’s a really cool idea and it works fabulously! It’s such an ingenious idea!
So of course you will want to grow your collection and purchase extra figurines so that you have access to even more powers and traits to use during the game! Below you can see the figurine on the portal and then the same character in the game:
Pretty cool right? This game hooked my husband immediately but is geared for ages 6+. That’s the perfect age range. My son is quite a bit slower at coordination and doing games like this so I’m guessing he would probably do better by the time he is 7 years old but my nephew is 5 and a video game whiz and he will just LOVE this.
I love that the game gives you the entire history behind the Skylanders Giants and will walk you through the entire process of what you have to do next. It is extremely easy to play because they give you the directions as you go. I definitely recommend this game for your little (and big) gamers – it’s a lot of fun and really takes some strategy to play because of the different powers and figurines. You can find the Skylanders Giants Starter Pack here.
Disclosure: I received the above product to use in order to form my own opinions. All opinions are my own.
I love this game! I am so addicted too it. 🙂 Hopefully more people get it and enjoy!
Beware. Save your receipts. Think about it, you have to buy characters to “unlock” them to use them in the game. All that information is on the game disk, but you have to pay more money for the figurines to unlock something you already payed for? The characters contain an RFID code (think “speed pass”) and the portal has a reader, so now a $50 game becomes $400 by the time you add up the cost of all the characters. In Mario Kart, you unlock items by playing the game, but the marketing genius behind Skylanders has everyone (that doesn’t question the technology behind it) conditioned to the new “way” video games will be sold to the public.
A few people have figured out how to reverse engineer the RFID tags, but Activision quickly put a stop to that. http://brandonw.net/skylanders/activision.pdf
Here was his response:
Enjoy the game, but be aware of the technology behind the tags and when you look at the the price tag of the game, increase it by a factor of 10. My children love the (first) game until I figured out there was NO other way to earn these characters by playing the game and unlocking points (a definite . They spent all their recycling and garage sale on bunch of characters, unlocked the levels and now they regret their decision and wish they had their money back :-(. I told them they can still buy Skylanders if they want to, but they have to use their own money. They haven’t bought ANY since I say them down and explained all of this.
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