Tuesday, November 12, 2013

11/12/13: Skylanders Swap Force from Activision

Evan loves video games of any kind.  He was beyond excited when we received Skylanders Swap Force from Activision for the PlayStation 3.  With a game that features adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities, I knew he would love it.  Plus he has heard such good things from friends and his cousins so he couldn't wait to get started.
The new swapability gives you the ability to create up to 250 unique combinations of characters with 16 Swap Force characters.
Here is Blast Zone's top with Wash Buckler's bottom.  There are little magnets to keep them together.  The game then recognizes this configuration.
We received the Starter Pack that comes with swappable characters Blast and Buckler.  It also comes with Ninja Stealth Elf.
The game play was easy enough that Evan could play without asking for lots of help.  Usually with games he gets frustrated and my husband has to help him with pieces of the game.  At 8 years old he was able to play with no issues.  I personally love the games as there are memory games.  These are great for kids, especially for Evan memory games are great for him.  I love when games are helping kids while they are having fun.  Evan absolutely loves it and can't wait to get more characters.
The game has amazing graphics and allows you to play in many different backdrops.
You can also play Skylanders SWAP Force with your entire collection of 100+ characters from both Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® and Skylanders GiantsTM, now with the added capability of jumping. 
In Skylanders SWAP Force, Portal Masters embark on an all-new adventure in the mysterious Cloudbreak Islands, home to a mystical volcano that erupts every hundred years to replenish the magic in Skylands. During an epic battle, a brave group of Skylanders were caught in the volcano’s eruption, which blasted them apart and sent them to earth. 
But, the magic of the volcano gave these heroes a remarkable new power -- the ability to swap halves – turning them into a special team known as the SWAP Force. Meanwhile, Kaos is back with a new evil plan. And now, Portal Masters everywhere must reassemble the SWAP Force -- in their original form or in new combinations -- and send them back to Cloudbreak to save Skylands!
 Skylanders SWAP Force features 16 new SWAP Force characters, along with 32 core Skylanders characters (16 completely new Skylanders and 16 new versions of fan favorite characters from previous games) and eight new LightCore™ characters. 
“Skylanders Giants was named to our 2012 Holiday Hot Toy List for good reason – it extended the franchise’s breakthrough gameplay and its performance at retail has been incredible. We’re continually impressed by the originality that Activision delivers in bringing toys to life,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “The innovation of allowing kids to customize their toys in the real world and then send them into the Skylanders SWAP Force game is sure to raise the bar for the franchise.”  With each new addition to the character collection, Portal Masters unlock more possibilities. 
There are also unique SWAP Force Zones and characters can fly, climb, dig, bounce, or teleport.  I think this character Roller Brawl looks super cool.
I like this guy too, Magna Charge.
There are many Gameplay Modes – Survival and Battle Modes, all featuring vibrant, action-packed arenas and environments where Portal Masters can test the true strength of their Skylanders.  
Solo Survival Mode – Single player horde style mode where players must battle through waves of enemies.  Team Survival Mode – Two-player co-op horde style mode where a team must battle through waves of enemies.  

Rival Mode – Two-player “versus” mode where both players must fend off waves of enemies; the player with the higher score wins.  Battle Arena Mode – Player vs. player-style mode that lets Portal Masters pit their Skylanders against each other.  Ring Out Mode – Players must fight to knock their opponents out of the battle arena. 
 Here is the Starter Pack as packaged for PlayStation 3.  Definitely a hot toy for this holiday season!
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Disclosure:  I received the Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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