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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is Truly a Multi-Platform Game

Posted by Trevor Chan

See the toys come to life

One of Activision's key titles at E3 this year is Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure for it's a game that can be enjoyed across multiple formats, allowing gamers to carry on their progress no matter what system they are playing it on.

Available on all three major home consoles, the 3DS, PC and mobile devices, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is set in a mystical universe called Skylands where toys come to life. If you think that concept sounds familiar, you'll be interested to know that the game's narrative has been written by Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, writers of the original Toy Story animated film.

Toys For Bob will be handling the development for the Wii and 3DS versions with a release scheduled by the end of the year.

"Imagine a kid taking his Skylanders toy and bringing it to life on his X-Box 360 one day, then bringing it to life on his friend's PS3 the next day, then bringing it to life inside his 3DS and playing it in the back of his parents' car the next day, then bringing it to life on the web the day after that, all the while, building his character's strength and powers across all of those platforms," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "It brings the physical and virtual worlds of play together in a whole new way."

When Activision hit the drawing board for Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, the blockbuster publisher turned to top Hollywood creative talent to create an engaging story-driven narrative. The game, toys and technology were developed by Novato-based developer Toys for Bob and the adventure-filled story was penned by two of the Academy Award-nominated writers of the original Toy Story movie, Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen. The resulting franchise will offer families a line of highly collectible characters, an inviting story, and an immersive interactive entertainment experience when the game launches later this year.

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure lets kids take on the role of a powerful Portal Master who can control over 30 different characters, including the beloved purple dragon Spyro. Each of these heroes is a protector of Skylands, an amazing mysterious world which has been taken over by a sinister Portal Master known as Kaos; a powerful enemy that has frozen the Skylanders as toys and banished them to Earth. Only the players of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure can help return these heroes back to their world by embarking on an adventurous journey where they will explore mythical lands, battle menacing, outlandish creatures, collect treasures, and solve challenging puzzles as a part of a quest to save Skylands.

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FonistofCruxis said:

The old Spyro games were good but these days, his games are crap and the new Spyro looks ugly too.



HipsterDashie said:

Just so you know, somewhere between the last Spyro game and Skylanders, Spyro got hit by a lorry. He now looks like this:




NintyMan said:

This all sounds great except that they completely overhauled Spryo's design. I see no reason for that. Still, the concept itself is interesting.



k8sMum said: it's usual manner, it looks like DS games will not be included in anything new?? gotta love how nintendo keeps supporting their 'old' consoles.



RYBlast said:

Meh, it doesn't look like a Spyro game to me, but it looks good on its own.



Samholy said:

old spyro looked much better.
the new one looks great, but its not spyro ! its more... monster type.
spyro needs to keep that childish looking.

anyhow, the game looks quite inovative, too bad i just have the 3DS, so i wont get to try all of this feature. bleh
ill pass this title



Linkuini said:

Looks like they're gonna have Spyro swerve toward a completely different audience with this one. With that acknowledged, the multi-platform compatibility is an interesting concept. Even with that, though, it's not gonna take off unless these 30 figurines they're talking about are inexpensive, and obviously if the actual game is any good. Without both of those, even the kids won't touch it. The fact that they named their villain Kaos (which has already been used) isn't a good sign.



Kid_A said:

At first I was all like "meh," and then I read
...and the adventure-filled story was penned by two of the Academy Award-nominated writers of the original Toy Story movie, Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.
Now I'm all like



ToastyYogurt said:

Eh. The concept sounds awesome but not much of a reason to buy the game. If it's a crappy game, I wouldn't want to play it at all, let alone play it on multiple platforms.
Anyway, if this concept became the norm, I would totally love that, and it might actually make me buy 2 copies of a game (one for a home platform and another for a handheld platform). Then again, why buy 2 of the same game? If all the versions of the game are going to be the same, I'd rather buy it for a handheld and that'll be it. I'll bet anybody who isn't obsessed with the "home experience" would be the same.



Tasuki said:

They should just stop making these games. The only good ones were the first 3. Once they switched companies and rebooted the series they just ruined it. I dont like his new look he looks like hes up to no good like hes plotting something. I will be passing on this one.



komicturtle said:

Spyro lost his charm

I hope this is not an attempt to make him look edgy to fit in with this generation.



NESguy94 said:

This looks great and sounds great, but it isn't Spyro. Spyro looks like he got hit by a truck!



Gio32k said:

Just because it has a story written by two toy story writers from the orignal toy story movie, doesn't make it an automatic win. Just look at the Ghost Busters game for the 360 and PS3. That game had the original writers for it, yet it didn't preform well in sells or ratings.



bro2dragons said:

That really is an amazingly innovative idea. Aside from Spyro being a hideous, drunken mess, I just hope the game actually turns out decently somehow. If it does, I'll actually enjoy getting back to that dragon I used to love.



StarDust4Ever said:

So, is this going to be an epic adventure like the three original PS1 releases, or is it more of a Pokemon rip-off spanned across multiple platforms? Data communication between console/handhelds is something that has been done before, examples: GC <=> GBA, Wii <=> DS, PS3 <=> PSP, but I have never heard of it done across competing consoles! But if it turns out I have to buy separate "toys" to transfer games between competing consoles (instead of utilizing a memory card or something similar), then that would be a real buzz kill for me as an adult gamer. Not a fan of Pokemon at all, so if it is remotely similar, I will be giving it a pass.



Deviant_Mugen said:

I don't know anything about the developer, but I find it interesting that they're based in "Novato", which means "Novice" in Spanish...



OverlordMao said:

Hoping for the best since I like the Toys for Bob developers.

...Then again, they did develop the Disney Skateboarding game



dap594 said:

Why can't they just make a 3ds version of the orginal Spyro's? I loved the PS1 Spyro games, they were brilliant. It all went downhill when they put that stupid cheetah in the game. Go back to the originals!!!



GamerZack87 said:'s like this game was made just for me...
My perspective on this is that Skylands is a parallel universe with alternate versions of Spyro and Cynder. I shall therefore treat it as a completely separate game franchise to the Spyro series with some parallel Spyro or another as a guest star.

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