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Skylanders is a unique game that leverages a USB device called a Portal and gives players the ability to integrate action figures into the game. They simply place their Skylanders action figure on the portal and the game reads the figure placed and their in game character switches to their action figure.
The action figure itself also stores data and the level, hat, name and stats are stored in the action figure you collect. You can take your action figure and go to any friends house and just join other Skylanders games in person with your own character, it is portable.
As if this isn’t enough, you can then plug the portal into your PC and use your action figure into a web based spin off game in the same world. This is probably one of the diverse and clever games I have ever seen targeted for the kid market.
In the starter pack you get Spyro, Trigger Happy and Gill Grunt though some starter packs come with different characters I think.
The game is part adventure, part action story and reminds me of a simplified MMO without the skills, inventory and classes. It is highly entertaining and the kids are always wanting to get a “new” Skylander to see how he integrates into the game.
My 8 year old really wants Voodood to be his next character and characters can range from $12 – $36 or more depending on the rarity. Think of them like a collectible card game (Magic the Gathering) with rarer characters/cards worth more money.
My youngest son wants Cynder or one of the other dragons to augment, though he really enjoys playing as Gill Grunt like now.
Have you or your kids gotten into the Skylanders craze yet, who is your favorite character.