Release Date: October 13, 2013
Rating: Everyone 10+
Developer: Vicarious Visions
This might surprise some of you, but I am a huge gamer and so is my entire family! Maybe you are not surprised, but would you be if I told you I was in love with the Skylanders video games? I really am and I love the figures that come along with them. If we are not playing them we can still put them decoratively on a shelf and enjoy seeing our favorite characters, pretty much anytime.
We own Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure & Skylanders Giants, so when I saw they were coming out with Skylanders SWAP Force I knew I had to have that too. I was at first confused on how the SWAP portion of that was going to work out and I did not want my already lovable characters to be obsolete in the new game.
While I was opening up the box, my daughter explained EVERYTHING SWAP Force to me. I am not even kidding, I guess she had watched every YouTube video under the sun for it just so she could be fully prepared for its release. We pulled out Blast Zone, Wash Buckler & Ninja Stealth Elf. I have a huge love of Stealth Elf and was excited to see a new one available in this game too!
So on my daughter’s description of everything SWAP Force she told me that the SWAP Force characters you get 2 of each element. So they are similar in the way Giants worked, but different. Simply put the Giants had one of each element and just did different things than the other characters and that is exactly what happens here, except you get 2 of each element.
So I turned it on and I actually think the graphics are better than in Giants, but barely because Giants were great. We played with it a while and changed the Swappers around a lot. We have other Swappers too and played with them and had a lot of fun! You do get to a point where you need different swappers to finish certain mini games, but I am pretty sure if my daughter and I have our way we will have them all in no time! I made sure we had every Giant and my favorite one was the last one to be released Ninjini, what can I say I like the girl characters the best. I perhaps am bias. Which brings me to I think my only complaint, I don’t think any of the Swappers are female…. but going on.
It took us a couple days, but we beat the game and I have to say we were so excited to play it again. The campaign was awesome and we enjoyed the storyline so much. I loved each character and the voice acting was awesome. We enjoyed all the attacks and even the changes from the previous games made it different, so we did not feel like we were playing the same game; just a different title.
I guess I should tell you a bit about the story, but without giving too much away. At the end of Giants we see the shadow of Chaos’s Mother and we are left to wonder why he was so terrified to see her. We meet her in SWAP Force and we see why pretty quickly. Chaos decides to do his own thing and wants to corrupt a volcano that is going to erupt and spread his [for lack of a better word] chaos across Skylands. So we [The player] must stop Chaos.
There are areas where you need to unlock doors and you have to have 2 elements to do so. Now one way to do it is to have one swapper from each element so you can unlock the doors. Not everyone will have that right out of the game so you can use one Skylander from each element to open the door. I have every element at least twice, my kids are so spoiled because their Mom loves it too!
Just like in previous games you can play all the characters from them and you can use all the characters you have on any system as long as you have the game! I really love that my daughter can pack up her Skylanders and head to a friends house where they have the game too, just on a different system and they can have fun together there too. Since you are paying extra for more characters, it makes it great you don’t have to worry about it not porting to another System, especially with the next gens that just came out!
The game is family friendly and so much fun for adults and kids! I know with Spyro’s Adventure and Giants my husband and I would play late into the night trying to unlock EVERYTHING! So it can be pretty addicting to us adults too, so I would not peg this as JUST a kid game. I of course always have the excuse I got it for my kids, instead of fessing up to owning it for myself.
I really like that the Skylanders App even updated to work with the SWAP Force characters so we can put in their code and play there too. My daughter LOVES that app so much and every time she gets a new character I doubt she waits for the dust of opening them up to clear before that code is in her iPad and she is playing with them.
This game was so much fun and really engaging. I loved the changes made from the previous games, but I loved those too! It just made it seem different and I really loved the story. I am so happy to have this added to my collection of games!
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