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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is an entry in the Spyro the Dragon universe and a departure from the previous games as it is tied to a new peripheral and a line of action figure toys. It is part of a new subseries in the franchise called Skylanders. To play the game players must connect the Portal of Power peripheral included with the game to the device the game is played on. The Starter Pack, which is the default release, includes the game, three real-life action figures (Spyro, Trigger Happy, and Gill Grunt), a collector's poster, trading cards, a sticker sheets, and a number of web codes. There are over 35 characters in total, but these can only be unlocked by buying additional packs that include the action figure toys. This way, the game's DLC is only provided through the action figure and cannot be unlocked in-game without placing it physically on the Portal of Power and having its RFID chip scanned.

The game is set around Spyro and his Skylander friends who have to defeat Kaos, the evil Portal Master. The game is played as a third-person action game and each character has different abilities. The characters are divided into eight groups (classes) tied to the eight elements that are in the game: air, water, earth, tech, undead, magic, fire, and life, with four characters in each element. Each character has two primary attacks, both of which can be upgraded by using coins collected in the game. Experience also leads to new abilities, also unlocked by discovering certain hats, and eventually a tertiary attack. Among the line of toys there are randomly inserted Gold, Platinum and Pearl versions of certain characters.

Any upgrades, coins, or hats are not saved in the game, but directly to the toy via the Portal of Power. Furthermore, the toys are cross-platform; all of the information saved onto a toy can be played on any device that runs the game. The Portal of Power is not interchangeable between consoles and PC for all versions, but for some. When a character dies, the level needs to be restarted, a new character needs to be introduced, or the player has to wait about twenty minutes before it is revived. A second player can join the game to play cooperatively by placing an additional toy on the Portal of Power. The game features the main adventure, which can be played with a single player or co-op. In addition, Skylanders features a player-versus-player mode, where players can battle against each other in arenas filled with traps, weapons, and obstacles.

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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Xbox 360 Welcome to Skylands!
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Xbox 360 Ingame tutorial
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Xbox 360 Introduction
Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Xbox 360 Shark wave during the boss fight

Alternate Titles

  • "スカイランダーズ スパイロの大冒険" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Spyro's Kingdom" -- Working title
  • "Skylanders: Spyro no Daibōken" -- Japanese title

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Game Chronicles Wii Oct 19, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Canadian Online Gamers Network Xbox 360 Oct 13, 2011 87 out of 100 87
Gamer.nl Wii Oct 27, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Multiplayer.it Wii Nov 04, 2011 8.2 out of 10 82
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 09, 2011 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Tech-Gaming Xbox 360 Nov 21, 2011 B 75
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh Oct 14, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Tech-Gaming PlayStation 3 Nov 21, 2011 B 75
Official Nintendo Magazine Wii Oct 27, 2011 72 out of 100 72
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov 25, 2011 58 out of 100 58

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