'Skylanders: Swap Force' takes it to a new level - review
03 October 2013, 16:19
Cape Town - Skylanders is going to a whole new level with Swap Force.
The idea behind Swap Force is simple. The toys can split in two, letting you mix and match between characters. Using magnets, the two pieces break apart and come together, allowing for a wide variety of combination.
As a general rule, the bottom half controls how you move, while the top half controls how you fight. Combining them in different ways, you can use different elements and abilities.
The game and the thinking behind it is very impressive. The Vicarious Visions studio knows that the toys will help shape the creativity of a generation.
Skylanders: Swap Force controls are intuitive. The game is designed to cater for a variety of play styles. This means that kids who just want to mash X can still get through (and enjoy) the game. However, if you bother to press the rest of the buttons, you’ll find all kinds of fun combos.
While the gameplay can appeal to people of all ages, Skylanders: Swap Force is definitely still built with a child’s aesthetic in mind.
The characters are brightly coloured, as are the fantastical environments. It’s not to say that adults won’t enjoy the hilarious bonus mission where all the enemies are wearing chef hats, but it is certainly built with children in mind.
This iteration in the Skylanders franchise will also be ridiculously collectable - plenty of new toys and you’ll have to get them all. That said, all the old toys still work on the new game. In fact, they have all been remastered so that they look just as pretty in-game as the rest of the new characters.
There is no doubt that Skylanders: Swap Force will be a big hit. It’s new and innovative, and brings back all your favorite characters. It is truly an impressive jump for the Skylanders franchise.
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