Over the past year or so we have heard more and more about Skylanders. It seemed all of my friends kids were really getting into the characters and even the parents were enjoying the game. Honestly, I WANTED my son to get into it because I knew it would make Christmas and birthday shopping so much easier for us if we had something to buy him! He is out of the stage of liking too many toys, and he had a few set video games he played. I know it seems crazy, but this Mom WANTED something to be able to buy him.
One of the unique and rather impressive features with the Skylanders video game line is the different accessories you can purchase from the main fighting characters to the various keys used to capture the villains. Just place a Skylander on the arena / portal and the game recognizes your character but be careful, if your character dies, he is required to rest and you must replace with an alternate. If you have used all of your Skylanders, the game is over and you will have to start again at your last auto save point. Skylanders offers a shooter type game without the blood and gore – in a “comic mischief” type of way. My son has fallen in love with this game. Even my husband enjoys the game and has a blast looking at the various products available for purchase at the store and online. Due to the multitude of Skylanders available, there will be no problems fulfilling birthday and Christmas lists! You can only guess what his Easter basket consists of this year? Because actual figurines are required for the game, children can even play with the characters “offline” as we used to before video games. I can tell you, my son has already purchased about 5 new traps and a couple trap masters for the game. I can see where it could get very expensive, but again, if you are like me and have a child that can be hard to buy for, this might be a good thing for you!
Lately all I have been hearing about is possible scenarios of this game, which has given me a break from his other favorites. Even though he is not allowed on the Xbox during the school week, I have had a much easier time getting him to do things around the house to earn time to play, so that is a plus for this Mama too! Overall, I think whoever invented this game in a GENIUS!! Not only is it fun for the kids, and allows them to really use their imagination and even critical thinking skills to problems solve different situations, it is totally a money maker!
Skylanders is available in many different starter kits. We received the Trap Team, which is available for the XBOX 360 for around $35, which is not bad at all. Starter Pack includes: 1-Video Game, 1-Traptanium Portal, 2-Skylanders Figures, 2-Traps, 1-Character Collector Poster, 2-Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes and Two Trading Cards. It is available on just about every game system, including tablets!! The Trap Masters range in Price from as little as $5 (on sale) to around $20 and you can get awesome deals on the Traps. My Mom found my son a few for $1 each!
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