October saw the release of a brand new game from Skylanders: Skylanders Imaginators. H was thrilled to be sent the Xbox One Starter Pack to review as he’s been looking forward to the new game release since we went to London earlier in the year for a Skylanders Imaginators sneek preview. H has been a Skylanders fan for some time and has all the games except the first plus a large collection of Skylanders. He has been much more excited about the Imaginators release than about the last two games: Trap Team and Superchargers.
H has obviously played Skylanders before, so whilst each game is different he knows roughly how they work. It was very simple to setup (H did it himself) and there are different levels to play at. H has been playing mostly using adventurer mode, but there are also lower and higher levels to play at, plus there’s lots to unlock and collect. For the first time, you can design your own Skylanders characters, you can change the size and type of the Skylanders head and can even choose an outfit to wear using the Imaginite Creation Crystals to store your character. There’s so much you can do in terms of customising appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases and musical themes. As you go through the game you can also earn extra variations. You get to choose your own battle class (basically how you fight e.g. knights fight with swords) and there are 10 in total.
- Video Game Disc
- Skylanders Portal Of Power
- 2 Sensei Figures – Master King Pen and Golden Queen
- 1 Imaginite Creation Crystal
- 1 Collection Poster
The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U. As usual Skylanders Imaginators is backwards compatible, with the exception of the traps, but you can use the vehicles from Superchargers.
In this Skylanders Imaginators game, Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands’ greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis, to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands. We love that you can play alone or in 2-player mode. This is perfect for H as an only child as he can either play alone, or he can play alongside his dad or a friend. You can also play against other people online if you like.
The launch of Skylanders Imaginators also ushers in the release of a fun, new mobile app for the game, Skylanders Creator, that lets fans take their creations on the go! Featuring similar creation tools available in the Skylanders Imaginators console game, players can create Imaginators from scratch or magically transfer their created characters from the console game to the app using special audio technology! The app helps fans to express their creativity and love for Skylanders. Players can simply download Skylanders Creator for free from select iOS and Android mobile devices’ app stores. H found it to be a lot of fun.
Overall Skylanders Imaginators has been a monster hit in this house. H loves it and he’s keener than ever on the Skylanders franchise. One for the Christmas list I think for any young gamers. H is keen to get some more Skylanders over the festive season.
To celebrate the much anticipated launch of Skylanders™ Imaginators, where Portal Masters can create their very own playable Skylanders characters, Activision has partnered with SuperAwesome’s leading kids’ safe social content platform PopJam, to launch the search for the UK’s most imaginative child. PopJam are hosting the exclusive competition offering one lucky winner and their family the trip of a lifetime to San Francisco, California, where they will visit the Toys For Bob studio, the developer of Skylanders™ Imaginators and the creator of the Toys-to-Life category.
Launching following the worldwide release of Skylanders™ Imaginators earlier this month, the competition will give thousands of kids the opportunity to unleash their imaginations and draw their very own Skylander. Fans will be encouraged to get inspired and create the most inventive and innovative Skylander they can imagine via PopJam’s creative tools.*
The most creative competition entries will be considered by Activision’s Imaginators Panel in its search for the UK’s Chief Imagination Officer, with one winning child set to claim the title and unbelievable prize. The panel of creatives, featuring Stampy Cat, Sara Cox, and Toys for Bob Co-Founder and Studio Head, Paul Reiche, will together choose the winning creation.
The winning child and their family will be whisked away to San Francisco, where they will spend a day at the Toys For Bob studio in Novato to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the latest Skylanders game and have the opportunity to gain insight into character design, level inspiration and gameplay mechanics with the creative team. This is a unique opportunity for the ultimate Skylanders fan to gain an understanding of how those much-loved characters are designed, imagined and created.
YouTube gaming star Stampy Cat added, “I am really looking forward to judging the entries for the UK’s Chief Imagination Officer competition and seeing what sorts of designs everyone comes up with. I will be looking for the most unique and creative Skylanders. The prize of visiting the studio in San Francisco will be such an incredible experience for whoever becomes the Imagination Officer.”