Monday, November 21, 2011

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack for Wii Review & Giveaway

If you browsed any of the big holiday toy catalogs this year, like Toys R Us, Target and Walmart, you probably noticed that Skylanders Spyro's Adventure appeared in all of them. This is one of the hottest games this holiday season. When I first saw the Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack I knew this is something that my boys would love and I just had to get my hands on it. Collectible figures that come to life on screen when you place them on the Portal of Power? YES PLEASE! OK, forget the kids. I knew that I would enjoy this too.


In Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, you can ‘Bring Your Toys to Life’ in a boldly innovative adventure game where players collect real-world interaction figures and teleport them directly into the game using a mystical Portal of Power™. Propelled by a story-driven adventure, players take on the role of a powerful Portal Master who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved fire-breathing dragon Spyro. Players will embark on a fantastical journey into an amazing world, where they will explore mysterious, mythical lands, battle menacing outlandish creatures, collect gold and treasures, and solve interesting puzzles while on a quest to save their world from Kaos, an evil Portal Master.

Skylanders Spyro's Adventure offers a whole new way to play. Kids can have fun playing with the many collectible figures off screen and then bring those characters to life on screen. The "interaction figures" actually store and remember the player's shared experiences such as ability, upgrades and gold collected. So the figures can be brought over to a friend's house to play on their Portal of Power. Wait, what happens if you have a Wii and your friend has an Xbox? And all of the figures can be used across all platforms. With "Cross-platform Playability" you are able to use your figures on other platforms, so you don't have to worry that your friend's is different than yours!



Co-op play with your friends!
There are a few different ways you can play Skylanders Spyro's Adventure: single-player adventure, co-op player adventure or battle.


Explore new worlds.



Take on your enemies.


Player vs. player battle.

Getting everything set up for this game is fairly easy. Their is a USB adapter that gets plugged into the back of your Wii console. This is how the Portal communicates with the Wii. The game will tell you when to place your figure(s) onto the Portal and once you do, you will instantly see that character appear in the game. You then control his actions and movement with your Wii controller and nunchuck. We decided to start off with Spyro because who doesn't love a cute, purple dragon?

Spyro's first adventure with the Portal of Power.

Mommy playing as Spyro.

I found game play to be easy to learn. The nunchuck is used for directional moving and the controller for breathing fire and other actions. My six year old picked it up rather quickly. Definitely a lot of fun. Though it is rated 10+, I didn't have a problem letting my six year old play this and he loved it. I recommend it for the young gamer on your shopping list this holiday season. I plan on picking up some additional figures on Black Friday so my boys can really get into. OK, and for me as well.

Rated: Everyone 10+ for cartoon violence.

Buy
The Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Started Pack retails for $69.99. Additional figures are sold in single pack for $7.99 or 3-pack for $19.99. Available at major retailers like Target, Walmart and Toys R Us.

Pre-Black Friday Sales
The starter pack is on sale for $49.99 and single-pack figures are 2 for $10 at Toys R Us and ToysRUs.com.

Black Friday Sales
All figure packs are Buy 1 Get 1 Free at Toys R Us. Starter pack will be $49.99 at Walmart.

Giveaway
One lucky reader will receive the Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack for the Nintendo Wii. Giveaway Ends 12/05/11 at 12:01 AM EST. Use Rafflecopter form below.

Please note that the opinions and views expressed in this review are my own and based on my personal experience with the product and/or company. You may encounter a different experience with this than I did. I received free product to review.


44 comments:

  1. My family loves Spyro, we've been waiting for this to come out :)

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  2. This looks like a fun game my nephews would enjoy playing.

    livelovelaughwithleslieblog at gmail dot com

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  3. The graphics are spectacular and the "Cross-Form Playability" makes it so versitile. It has to be a "winner."

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  4. I love the graphics! Looks like a fun game my nephew would enjoy playing! I love that there are different ways to play too - single, 2 player, and battle.

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  5. My son will love this game because the graphics are very good

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  6. My son has been talking about this for weeks now:)

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  7. I seen this game in the store and I know my son would love it. I love how you can buy different characters in put those characters in the game.

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  8. It looks like fun because the graphics are super. I know my nephew will love it!

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  9. This looks like a game that would be easy for me to catch onto and play with the kids. It looks like the set up is easy and the levels are easy to move through.

    Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

    dod@rogers.com

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  10. My son pointed this out to me the other day but now that I've watched the video on the website, I can see that this would be such an amazingly fun interactive adventure game! This would be so perfect for him!! I'd love to win this, thanks so much!!

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  11. I would love to win this awesome giveaway My sons would love this game and have been asking for it for Christmas from Santa.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win.
    Minta

    mintab@gmail.com

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  12. I like how the characters are part of the game
    rjs682 at yahoo dot com

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  13. My son loves imaginary play - this looks like a great hands-on way to do it!! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

    jamieandandre at bellsouth dot net

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  14. I think that my son would have a blast and get some good hand eye coordination skills with this game!

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  15. thanks for the contest

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  16. it looks more interactive than other video games
    ryanac32 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  17. This would be a fun game because the figures are interactive

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  18. roman.carole@yahoo.comNovember 26, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Getting my boys a Wii for Christmas! This would be awesome for them, and would save me some much needed money for other things...

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  19. My nephews would love both the co play and the great graphics
    drellis500(AT)gmail.com

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  20. This looks like a fun game for kids because of the graphics and controller

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  21. This looks like a fun game because it's Wii so you are actively involved, plus the graphics are cool.

    suebee05@gmail.com

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  22. I think this is a fun game because of the figures being interactive

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  23. This game looks fun, because of all of the neat characters.

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  24. my nephew would love this game it look like a really wild and fun game to play!

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  25. I like the graphics, that you can explore other worlds and more than one can play.
    This looks like a game my family would love.

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  26. Looks like something I can play with my grandkids.
    russrpm@gmail.com

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  27. I love the look of the graphics in this game

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  28. My daughter LOVES Spyro! She would really enjoy this! Happy holidays! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

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  29. I have young grandsons who love the Wii. I think this would be a great game foe them

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  30. i like the graphics
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. it looks fun because it looks like something the whole family can enjoy.
    cmarquez482(at)ymail(dot)com

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  32. My grandsons would love this because it is so interactive.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  33. Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

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  34. The graphics and characters look great

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  35. It looks fun because you can use the characters when you play.I think my kids would like that. SweepsGirl(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. This game looks fun because it looks like it has a lot of action
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

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  37. It looks fun because it is so interactive.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

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  38. It has great graphics and I like that it can be played solo or multi-player.

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  39. Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

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  40. id it has dragons my son would love it

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  41. It looks fun because it connect real world toy with onscreen game.

    diane dot wortman at gmail dot com

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  42. Itlooks like an intriguing game with superior graphics

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

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  43. I think it looks fun because it's a spyro game. I love them!

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  44. I cant setup the game. It keeps on asking for the usb that is already plugged in. I also cant synchronize the portal of power

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