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[amazon_link id=”B0088MVPRY” target=”_blank” ]Skylanders Giants [/amazon_link]was the #1 best selling console and hand held video game in the US and Europe and [amazon_link id=”B004VQENY8″ target=”_blank” ]Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure[/amazon_link] was the #1 best selling kids game of 2011. The latest in this series of hit video games is [amazon_link id=”B00D6NPFDK” target=”_blank” ]Skylanders Swap Force[/amazon_link]. I’m predicting that it will be THE HOTTEST video game this holiday season, hands down. The starter pack comes with a copy of the game on your choice of format (PS3, Wii, or XBox) and:
- Portal of Power
- 3 Skylanders Figures
- 1 Character Collector Poster
- 3 Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes
- 3 Trading Cards
You can collect and play with the Skylanders figures with your friends, then use the Portal of Power to teleport the characters and play with them within the video game. The characters are compatible with all three games. Each have their own personality, powers and ability and the kids can play the game time and time again with a different experience and outcome. Each figure remembers shared experiences and leveled-up abilities allowing players to customize their characters as well as take them along to a friend’s Portal of Power for co-op play or arena battles. Skylanders Giants are more than double the size of the original and light up when they are on or near the Portal of Power. Giants characters have special in-game benefits that the other characters don’t posses. Swap Force characters are even more unique. The tops and bottoms are interchangeable so you can swap them to create new characters. They’re magnetic so the pieces stay where you want them.
Just when we thought Skylanders games were at their best, Activision comes along and renews the game giving it even more life. Swap Force features new abilities such as flying, climbing, digging, bouncing and teleporting. My 6 year old never seems to tire of this game. He only gets more excited when each new game comes out. Watch this fun little video to find out more about Swap Force:
This game is perfect for around age 5+. Even if your child can’t yet read, a narrator reads the words on the screen. I can’t speak for every child, but my son and his cousins really enjoy this game. It’s not one you play and beat in one day. There are 17 levels, 20 bonus missions and lots of variations of game play so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth! The portal of power for Swap Force is different than the first two so you’ll only find this game as a “starter pack” which contains this new piece you need to play the game. The starter pack retails for around $75.
Whether your shopping for yourself or a friend/family member, you won’t be disappointed with Swap Force! Plus, you’ll have built in gift ideas for birthdays and more because the more Skylanders Characters you have, the more fun the game is! Collect them all!
FYI — if you plan on getting an Xbox 1 or a PS4 for Christmas, this is the ONLY childrens game available for the new consoles!
Want more? Check these out:
Follow Skylanders on Twitter @SkylandersGame and hashtag #Skylanders
“Like” Skylanders on Facebook
Check out their YouTube Channel!