When the lovely people at Activision offered to send me a "half term in a box" pack, I was intrigued to see what it would contain. Well, the answer was a fabulous package for discovering the new Spyro game - Skylanders Spyro's Adventure - on the Wii. The girls had seen adverts for this and knew all about it so they were keen to give it a good roadtesting and discover all the lovely extra Spyro-themed merchandise included in the box !
Now I remember Spyro the friendly dragon from the original games but I was blown away by the technology behind this game which goes way beyond the usual realms of a video game. It comes with a portal, that you connect to your Wii, and a whole collection of toys featuring the characters from the game.
The plastic toys store your game stats (playing level, loot, abilities, etc) so you can take your characters to your friend's house, plug them into their portal and still keep playing right where you left it on your console at home with all the powers, loot, etc that you have amassed. Then when you get back home, the things you've done on your friend's console won't be lost either. This makes the plastic figurines seem more "real" and "alive" and is a much less frustrating way of progressing through the game if you want to share the adventure with friends.
The great thing is, even after the games console has been switched off, the kids can still play with the plastic figurines and use their imagination, as well as memory, acting out scenes they've seen on the game and making up new ones. Critics often say that kids playing video games turn into mindless zombies so I think this is a fabulous way of bringing the games back into the real world and making the kids really interact with them.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £48.99 for the starter pack (game, portal & 3 figurines)
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