Parents across the world, and in particular here in Australia know the feeling of digging deep into the pockets for a new Skylanders figure for the kids. It’s a phenomenon – millions are spent each year on one of the most popular toy on the shelves and this Christmas you can expect the kids to have some pretty big demands for the latest instalment of Skylanders – Swap Force.
Given the market for this game, I figured who better to review the game here at EFTM than my 6 year old son Jackson.
Jackson was allowed Skylanders a little under a year ago on his 3DS, then we got it on Xbox also. And yep, we’ve spent a bit on new figures over that time. I can’t begin to tell you how much he has been waiting for this game – lets just say I know what he’s getting for Christmas.
I wrote down a couple of questions, here are his responses – as sent to me via iMessage (kids today, won’t even bother to email!)
Dad: What is Skylanders swap force?
Jackson: A kind of Skylanders that live in a volcano and can swap the top and bottom halves of their body to make new characters, but only the big ones that have badges on their stands, there are still some new little ones who can’t swap their bodies.
Dad: How is it different to previous Skylanders?
Jackson: The characters can swap to Anything you want – making more characters.
Dad: What changes are there other than the swappable charachters?
Jackson: The collector card you get with each character when you buy them has changed – the swap force characters names are in grey on the new cards…
You can do tests to see if you are strong enough to do your special ability well…and you can jump during the game at any time just by pressing a button on the controller
Dad: What is the best thing about swap force?
Jackson: You can swap them to make whatever you like… You can use all your other skylanders characters as well – even giants
Dad: Any other thoughts?
Jackson: There are caves to explore, you still get hats for the Skylanders to wear, you can run faster than before, stealth elf is the fastest runner in Skylands.
So there you have it, you still get Hats! These are the big issues.
I’m also glad he mentioned the Jumping – that’s a big deal, in Spyros and Giants you couldn’t jump around the maps, you had to look for jump portals – in Swap Force you can jump around as you like.
The Good news too is that all your existing characters can be used in the new game – so nothing goes to waste!
The graphics look great, and playing with two controllers as a Dad and Son was a great fun experience I recommend to all parents.
Swap Force is available today in all your major retaillers – this single game will account for the largest single part of the Christmas toy shopping pie this year – don’t even doubt it.
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Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.