11.10.2012

Skylanders: Giants - Two thumbs up for this video game!

by Pattie Cordova
The holidays are here and the kids have a long list of wants. If your kid is a techy/gamer kind of kid, then I'm sure he'll have Skylanders: Giants on the list, and let me tell you - you have a cool kid on your hands!


I wandered into my local Best Buy last week and walked right into the Skylanders: Giants display in the back. Thankfully there weren't any kids around that day, other than my own, because my almost-five-year-old kid was a total hogger and spent a lot of time playing the game. It took only a couple of minutes for him to figure it out.


I have to tell you - the kids and I are huge fans of Skylanders: Giants now. We have an Xbox 360 and until now, the only games that my kid has played have been Kinect games. I wasn't quite sure that he would be able to control the characters in the screen, but this game proved me wrong! My kid was up and running in just a few minutes.

The reason we took a liking to the game is because the game is very interactive. It goes a step beyond simply choosing which character to play as - it allows you to physically choose a character and add it to the game by placing it in the "Portal of Power."


Each character has special abilities and you can go into certain places in the game with certain characters.


My kid had a blast switching out the characters. It was fun to see him get so excited with every little accomplishment that he made, when he figured out how to get from place to place, and as he discovered the different abilities each figure had.

I know my kid is adding Skylanders: Giants to the list and it's a gift that I will gladly put under the tree for him. It will be a treat every time we head into Best Buy and purchase additional figures for his collection.



Per the image above, if this is your first Skylander game, you will need to purchase Skylanders: Giants Starter Pack first. However, if you have Skylander: Spyro’s Adventure then you can simply purchase Skylanders: Giants Portal Owner’s Pack and be ready to go. The Skylanders: Giants Starter Pack will include the video game (for whichever console you have), the "Portal of Power" where the characters will sit on, and three different Skylander figures. The pack also includes a few other goodies and there are additional accessories, like a storage container, that you can purchase as your collection grows.

Skylanders: Giants is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+) and available for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, or Nintendo 3DS consoles.

You can also stop by a Best Buy store and check out their Skylanders: Giants in-store demos on PS3.

 
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.