The Skylanders franchise has taken a slightly different route to rival Lego in the toys-to-life genre, with Imaginators’ new character-creation tool allowing children to design their own playable heroes. This adds a fresh incentive to the familiar combat action with new character parts to find and collect.
The starter pack comes with everything needed to complete the game and one “creation crystal” with which to make a Skylander, but of course there is a range of ways to expand the experience further – new toys and digital purchases. More here
In Short: The increased role-playing elements add another interesting angle to an already accomplished franchise, but the cynical attempts to fleece parents’ wallets are hard to defend.
Pros: The family-friendly combat and loot-farming is a lot of fun, with one of the best character creators ever. Well-designed characters and toys, and the Crash Bandicoot stuff is great.
Cons: The inability to delete or overwrite crystals is a shamefully cynically move, and the loot microtransactions aren’t much better. Less inventive level design than SuperChargers. From Metro
Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox One
Developer: Toys for Bob
Release Date: 14th October 2016