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The hidden cost of Skylanders

Chris disagrees with the game's extra costs

When I first started playing Skylanders for the review I was happy enough. It's a solid, well-made game with a funny script, interesting characters and a fun little gimmick. Before long, however, this gimmick would become the very thing that made me annoyed with Skylanders.

The gimmick in question - the Portal Of Power - is a little plastic platform that lights up and sits on your desk. When you place a Skylanders toy on the portal, that character appears in the game and lets you play as them. Want to swap characters? Simple! Just take the toy off the portal and put a different one on.

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For the first ten minutes this is great fun, especially since each character's stats, wearable hat and nickname are stored on the toy itself. I entertained myself for a while by simply swapping characters and chuckling when the rude names I gave them appeared on the screen. But that's by the by.

About half-an-hour into the game, this happened:

(I skipped the cutscene by the way - it goes on for quite a bit longer showing off his moves and everything).

Here's the thing. The game comes with three Skylander toys, each representing a different element. There's Spyro (magic), Gill Grunt (water) and Trigger Happy (tech). There are 32 toys in total, representing a total of eight elements. This is where the problem lies.

Much like the LEGO Star Wars games, each level has certain areas that can only be accessed by specific types of character. Some rooms in LEGO Star Wars could only be opened by droids, some parts in LEGO Harry Potter can only be accessed by small animals and so on.

The point in those games was that you would play through the levels the first time around and see areas you couldn't reach, then you would get the required characters later in the game and could go back, replaying the level to explore new parts.

Skylanders follows a similar route - there are some areas that can only be accessed if you're using a Skylander of a certain element. But if there are eight elements in total and my £49.99 game only comes with three figures, then I'm looking at buying another five figures at £7.99 RRP a pop before I can see every area on my disc. That's £89.94.

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Granted, there are some triple-packs you can buy for about £17.99, potentially knocking a few quid off that, but the point remains - you're paying a lot more than the standard £39.99 to see every part of this game.

Then, if you want to take it to the next level, each Skylander has their own special challenge and the game gives you achievements for collecting a certain number of them. This means if you're the sort who obsesses over completing games 100% then you will need to collect all 32 Skylanders.

Going by the £7.99 rule that means you could pay (at most) £281.70 to 100% the game. That's more than a Wii and a 3DS put together.

Sorry, but this is disgusting. It doesn't matter how good the game is or how well the portal works when this perfectly normal gameplay mechanic is no longer a free part of the game.

What would you do if you played a new LEGO Star Wars game and it said: "sorry, you need a Jedi to enter this area - head to your nearest LEGO retailer and buy LEGO Luke Skywalker for £7.99"? Many wouldn't put up with it.

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  1. mog96 Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:29

    Sadly, i wasnt going to get this game in the first place. Even if it was good. But i grew up with my nes, snes, n64 and ps1. And I had every single spyro game on it. But im sorry, this game looks like spyro has been pressing the square button to much. It feels that they have murdered spyros face and my childhood :( . Anyway dosent really matter, i gave up with sony a long time back and never bought the PS2, bought the gamecube instead and just enjoyed that better. Went a bit off topic, but hey!

  2. tohaker Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:30

    Im glad someone finally picked up on this!! The guys in GAME tried to sell it to me, but I told them I wasnt paying £200 ish to play a game! I said I'd rather spend it on Skyward Sword! Viva la revolution! :evil:

  3. TechnoWolf Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:43

    I knew this would happen when the game was first announced. It's Activision after all.

  4. Oocoo Jr. Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:49

    I totally agree with you Chris. What a cynical world we live in.

  5. DJEvan Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:50

    This isn't a rant. This is a scorching, well-founded attack on what Activision have done.
    And I hope this is heavily reflected upon in review scores and it fails big-style to show them how greedy they are.
    Even at the cost of completely blackening the Spyro brand, not that it was spotless before these games.

  6. bobbyy29 Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:53

    Agreed. I was told at GAMEfest that you could play every level with just the 2 included figures. Liars. I wouldn't pay £90 for even the best game. And DJEvan, are you going to go out and pay £90 for the game? No, I didn't think so. I expect it is a good game but Jesus... Almost 100 quid? Not happening. There is still a recession you know.

  7. Captain Kuchiki Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 16:54

    I agree, it is absolutely disgusting. The toy gimmick in itself sounded really fun, but the fact that you need to buy the toys to complete the game?! Considering that we're living in a horrific financial time, with warnings that the Eurozone will fall into a recession again, that should be enough to fail the game.

    This is my policy with paid downloadable content, and it applies here: When I buy a game, I buy the game. I do not want to have to pay more to complete it.

  8. L_A Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 17:01

    Well, we're talking about Activision here. Nothing surprising, and that simple fact may be even more unsettling than discovering their rather dirty and questionable plots to make you buy more toys. Good thing the only Spyro game I played frustrated me as hell, so there's no absolutely no chance I'm ever going to buy that game.

  9. Flag Captured Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 17:04

    RIP Spyro, you will be greatly missed.
    Murdered by Activision, the same fate that claimed Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk and Call of Duty.

    This is why I hate the gaming industry at the minute. Portal 2 was arguably one of the best games this year, and it's just got free DLC and was even reduced to dirt cheap (something like 15 quid) on Steam. Team Fortress 2 was made free to play and was relatively inexpensive anyway and then the Orange Box had 5 great games on for less than a full game's retail price. Why can't more developers/publishers be like Valve and stop ripping us off at every possible opportunity?

  10. Slinkington Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 17:12

    In the games defence... The areas you unlock are no different than the main levels themselves. They are just as generic, trust me you're missing out on nothing, if all you want to see if the extra areas. Also, you don't need EVERY character to see every extra areas in the main levels. However, I will admit that the figures are over-priced. I think a more reasonable price would be somewhere along the liens of £2.99 each, £3.99 maximum. (Considering they have technology inside of them)

  11. cazweigun Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 17:43

    The Portal of Power is a clever idea, but I agree with you. Having to spend at least £39.95 (£40) just to 100% a game is ludicrous. You could buy a new game for that money, or even 2 or 3 older games.

  12. mandlecreed Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 17:52

    Nowhere on any of the display boxes I had a look at twenty minutes ago did it say anything along the lines of "To get the most from this game, further purchases are neccessary."

    That is the most galling thing.

    Fair enough, we VG fans who read up on this stuff will be well clued in, but for those who aren't? It'll be like a kick in the teeth for them. "You've spent fifty quid on this game. Want to see it all, SPEND LOTS MORE."

    And yes Chris, your point is absolutely spot on. It's a great idea, but badly (and expensively) executed.

  13. bouncer0304 Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 17:53

    I liked the whole idea at first, including one figure will work on every console. Then when i heard you need 8 elements to access all the areas i thought 'hm, becoming expensive but if a kid really wants to play all the areas, then it means the price of one new game and a cheap game ontop. If they want them more than other games then okay.' Now to find that to 100% complete the game i'd need to buy ALL the figures is just plain wrong.In a time where money goes a little less further, it's important to get value for money, and this clearly isn't. Many parents though will be misinformed and will only realise when it's too late. If i see anyone in my local game even looking at it, i'll tell them what i know, and hopefully they'll see sense. If everyone did this, they'd have no choice but to release it at a much cheaper price, but this is activision we're talking about.....

  14. Dertdood Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 18:24

    Am I the only one who thought this idea was stupid from the initial announcements?
    Activision really like to make people pay stupid amounts of money.

    Map packs in Call Of Duty

    Plastic Guitars in guitar hero

    Plastic band sets in band hero that cost ridiculous amounts of money

    and now this

  15. Wiintendo Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 19:06

    It's ridiculous that each toy from Skylanders is priced at about £7.48 when I could just buy 'Jam With the Band' for the DS, new and sealed no less, for only £7.76 on Amazon and for only a couple of pence more -_-.

  16. imbusydoctorwho Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 21:15

    I had the game since last Tuesday,and I must admit it's one of the most surprising game of 2011.
    The game is incredibly fun and much better than what I thought it would be,the graphics are really bright and colourful,and it's nice to see the developers to put some time into the Wii version and not just sent out a half baked game,with half the features of other consoles,like most developers do.
    I do agree with you that it's going to get incredibly expensive,to view everything in the game,yeah fair enough sell a few figures and worlds,but wouldn't it be better to do this as a online expansion pack or a extra expansion pack disc for retail.
    Yeah the figures are pretty detailed and do look nice,but they don't do nothing apart from look pretty and to be honest,this is a kids game,so I would expect the figures to be articulate and move,so kids can make there own scenarios from the game with the various figures.
    I do hope there is a sequel for this game,as it's a pretty good game,but I just hope they redo something about these toys.It's going to get expensive for parents,and to be honest most parents haven't got the money to waste of figures that do nothing,but look pretty.
    Nevertheless the Portal itself is a very good idea,and it does offer quite a revolutionary way of playing game,but also a very expensive game.

  17. Hisoka Tuesday 25th Oct 2011 at 21:42

    People, you do realise you can do all of the main levels with the 3 characters you're provided with right?
    The little areas within the levels aren't that great anyway, and respond to which type of skylander you've got, not a specific skylander.
    If you buy all the characters, you get hats and a few achievements. Whoop dee doo.
    Now don't get me wrong, I love hats and achievements, but I don't feel compelled to buy the figures just for that. It's not like 100 percenting a game in the usual sense.

    Now, I'm not defending the game- I still think it's disgusting that you're paying £50 for a game and not getting all the content available at release (even if most of the extra content is just a bit of fluff). Just had to set a few things straight.

  18. Kirby8 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 00:19

    This is exactly what I thought would happen. It's shameful. I understand that you can get through the whole of the main game with the standard 3 characters, but the fact you can't access chunks of the game because of the lack of characters is annoying. Plus, the game with 3 characters is over the price of a standard game anyway...which is really irritating.

  19. RaidingRaichu Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 06:21

    In my imagination a sad, frustrated child is sitting in front of his TV on Christmas Day, and the poor adult that has to tell him 'Sorry! You can only play half of the game at the moment, you'll have to wait until your birthday if you want the rest!'

  20. emperor ing Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 06:25

    To be honest, I wouldn't call this a game, it's more of a kid's toy. Like a lot of people my grandparents used to buy me figures and toys and things when I was a kid, and this strikes me as that very same kind of money making mechanic - and a hugely successful one. Yes I agree with Chris that as a game it's horrendous. However, it's aimed at kids as a toy. Even the advert goes to back up this. Seeing the ad I thought it was a toy at first and not a game, as it was: "oh look collect all these figures!" done by those annoying toy advert voice overs on a cartoon channel.

  21. xevilpunkx Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 07:42

    I don't think I would have bought this game because we saw it at Gamescom, though it looked fun, it was a bit childish (it's a kids game after all). However my boyfriend received a reviewcopy of this game, and the game is so addictive, and the figurines look better than most action figures they sell in toy stores that it's hard to walk by without buying one... or two every time you visit a store.
    It's a bit of a shame you cannot complete the game with the 3 toys included, but we're buying action figures on a regular base anyway and they cost double the price of the Skylander figurines, so for a collector I don't see a problem, for a kid and parent it's indeed pretty painful.

  22. Mello Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 09:08

    My initial reaction when I first read a quick hands-on was that as a kid I'd probably have been into the idea, but when I saw the Giant Bomb Quick Look video of the game where they discussed the game in depth while playing it, it made me think of the Lego Star Wars thing.

    Also, the figures aren't like actual toys, which surprised me, as they look more like the sort of "figures" that really hardcore fans of anime/gaming would collect as ornaments for their shelf, rather than toys that kids could play with.

  23. zapper01 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 09:17

    Oh stop whining, it's entirely optional. They're a company, it's their job to make money, not to make sure everyone can get 100% on every single game. If you want to access those extras, you pay more. If you don't want to pay more, you don't get the. But you can still play the damn game. If a game makes money, it's successful, after that the developers have nothing to do with it. They're not a charity, it's not "dirty" or "disgusting". It's a kids game, and kids will want those things.

  24. CyberGW Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 09:42

    The main idea is to trade with your friends but if nobody else you know has Skylanders, then you're sort of stuck.
    And if they get bored of it then you'll have to buy the rest all by yourself!

  25. Amerterasu16 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 10:06

    I think that the cost of the toys is a complete rip off, but I'm not a completionist. I'm not going to buy every toy, I'll just buy my favourites. I have the 3ds version and I also think it's rather short, but it does come with the exclusive Dark Spyro.

  26. xevilpunkx Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 10:10

    The main idea is to trade with your friends but if nobody else you know has Skylanders, then you're sort of stuck.
    And if they get bored of it then you'll have to buy the rest all by yourself!

    Kids influence each other, show the game to your friends and they will ask it for christmas or their birthday is they really like it. Point out the importance of choosing other figurines than the ones you and other friends already have... a pity though that the starterpacks all have the same figurines apart from the 3DS version.

  27. FireHawk Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 10:37

    It's a bit of a shame you cannot complete the game with the 3 toys included, but we're buying action figures on a regular base anyway and they cost double the price of the Skylander figurines, so for a collector I don't see a problem, for a kid and parent it's indeed pretty painful.


    I'm pretty much of this opinion. If the figures were priced a lot lower, the 'hidden costs' of this game wouldn't be as bad.

    There are people out there who won't want to get every toy just to find everything. I'd suspect most people would just get one of each element, complete it that far and leave it at that. Even in normal games, 100% can be an exhausting goal to reach (I wonder how many people here haven't 100%-ed other games because they thought certain sidequests/challenges were way too long/difficult/not worth it?).

  28. abovethewell Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 14:07

    Where is the 3DS version actually sold? I can't find it anywhere!

  29. Darkxaur Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 14:17

    Sadly, this may become more common what with the stuff being done with GOW3 and COD at the moment. How much cost in total in downloads? Why not just give software devs our bank account details, it'll save the time involved.

  30. K2000 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 14:26

    My opinion on this is simple, if you want to pay £90 for game then do so (like I am for Assassin's Creed Revelations), how ever it should be on the front of the box, in nice big clear letters, But it is way to much, I see the game on Xbox though I'll get since these figures sound nice if they actually like kid toys and not collector models.

  31. samon53 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 15:09

    This is the kind of thing that would be just acceptable in a free online game, but for a retail game its just not on.

  32. offensive diary Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 17:31

    It's a good idea for Activision to make money and the figures are pretty cute although it may seem a little pricey but seeing as I'm not actually going to be buying this game I probably shouldn't be commenting on that. Isn't the main idea to trade with your friends though?

  33. PokeMarti Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 18:38

    Hey Chris, Marti here, I guess you have been waiting for my response seeing as you know how much I love this game.

    When I heard of your post whilst at the Zelda gig last night I was hoping you wouldnt be too harsh on the game because, gimmick aside, it really is a great game. But I do agree with you.

    The way I see it, it depends how you want to play the game. Using pokemon as an example, some people just play to defeat the elite 4 (and abit after maybe) and thats 'job done' without collecting the 600+ Pokemon (as much as legitimately possible I guess) and you could also use that attitude for skylanders, its just pokemon has no '%' on the save file.

    Personally I'm only getting the Skylanders that I want to buy. I would advise people at best though to probably get one of each element to get the most out of the game. Also having friends with this game and different figures really helps, as you can just reset ownership and swap, then level up again (doesnt take long). If buying on a rival console all achievements/trophies (lets face it they are more sort after then the in game 'achievements') can ALL be achieved through the 3 you get at the start.

    Being 21 I completely understand the alternate motive of this game and thats why I have chosen not to get them all. I'm not bothered about the 100% on my game file. I've completed the story mode and now going back through to get what I can. I know so many people that have bought this on console/3DS and they are loving it for the game itself. Shop around for the best prices, I'm happy with the figures I have now and maybe the figures will get cheaper as time goes on I may pick up some more.

    The figures themselves are in my opinion well made and painted. They dont look/feel cheap and nasty. From vids I have seen online 'Toys for Bob' went to alot of effot to get them just right.

    But yeah it is pretty shameful gimmick, but the game itself is really good and despite the gimmick I would still recommend it. It just depends what you want to get out of it.

  34. Icytroid1993 Wednesday 26th Oct 2011 at 19:36

    What a horrible money making scam! The more i hear of this game the more i don't like it. I don't think this game will do well at all, not at those prices! Whats the point of having toys to switch characters? Its a pointless gimmick, why didn't Activision just put a menu in the game to switch characters?!? Instead they've just included a system that costs people a lot of money, on just ONE GAME! It angers me when developers try to make a quick buck :x

  35. zapper01 Thursday 27th Oct 2011 at 12:10

    What a horrible money making scam! The more i hear of this game the more i don't like it. I don't think this game will do well at all, not at those prices! Whats the point of having toys to switch characters? Its a pointless gimmick, why didn't Activision just put a menu in the game to switch characters?!? Instead they've just included a system that costs people a lot of money, on just ONE GAME! It angers me when developers try to make a quick buck :x


    Why? That's their job. That's what every video game ever is for. To make money. Nintendo made all those games just because it makes them a lot of money, not because they love their fans. It's no more of a scam than any other game, they're not tricking you. It's would be a scam if you could play as all the characters without paying, but it's not. There's no scam. You buy them if you want to get 100%, if not, don't buy them.

  36. Icytroid1993 Thursday 27th Oct 2011 at 21:01

    What a horrible money making scam! The more i hear of this game the more i don't like it. I don't think this game will do well at all, not at those prices! Whats the point of having toys to switch characters? Its a pointless gimmick, why didn't Activision just put a menu in the game to switch characters?!? Instead they've just included a system that costs people a lot of money, on just ONE GAME! It angers me when developers try to make a quick buck :x


    Why? That's their job. That's what every video game ever is for. To make money. Nintendo made all those games just because it makes them a lot of money, not because they love their fans. It's no more of a scam than any other game, they're not tricking you. It's would be a scam if you could play as all the characters without paying, but it's not. There's no scam. You buy them if you want to get 100%, if not, don't buy them.

    You've missed the point of what i've said. Yes it's their job, but for Activision to expect people to buy toys that all together come to more money than a Wii and 3DS combined, then there's a problem. Why didn't they do what other developers would have done, by including a simple menu in the game to switch characters and unlock characters in the game as you progress? :? The toys are just a waste of time.

  37. zapper01 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 08:31


    You've missed the point of what i've said. Yes it's their job, but for Activision to expect people to buy toys that all together come to more money than a Wii and 3DS combined, then there's a problem. Why didn't they do what other developers would have done, by including a simple menu in the game to switch characters and unlock characters in the game as you progress? :? The toys are just a waste of time.


    Because kids enjoy that sort of thing. That's why they released the game with toys. And they're not expecting you to buy anything, it's optional. I don't see the difference between this and countless online games that ask you to pay for extra clothing and that sort of stuff.

  38. kiba-fang-over Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 11:02

    I agree with you 100% Chris. My friend has this game and I couldn't believe how much the figures cost, with the amount of money he spent on new figures he could have brought a brand new game! The game itself is great but the cons (spending £7.99 on plastic figures) far outweigh the pros, such a shame really.

  39. GeneralKellie Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 11:50

    My mum has bought this game for my little brothers costing her £50 per starter pack which she bought two of then she spent £164 on the figures alltogether costing her £264 and she still has 15 more figures to buy :(
    I like the idea of this game and i know younger kids love being able to buy figure of there favourite characters but i think all the figures should be sold in triple packs for the price of £10 this would be better.

  40. Icytroid1993 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 16:31


    You've missed the point of what i've said. Yes it's their job, but for Activision to expect people to buy toys that all together come to more money than a Wii and 3DS combined, then there's a problem. Why didn't they do what other developers would have done, by including a simple menu in the game to switch characters and unlock characters in the game as you progress? :? The toys are just a waste of time.


    Because kids enjoy that sort of thing. That's why they released the game with toys. And they're not expecting you to buy anything, it's optional. I don't see the difference between this and countless online games that ask you to pay for extra clothing and that sort of stuff.

    There is no difference between those games. I feel the same way about those online games that expect you to pay for extra stuff. I just don't agree with those type of games in general, its not fair really because games cost enough on there own. Skylanders isn't a bad game, but the toys are a bad move from Activision :(

  41. zapper01 Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 22:30


    There is no difference between those games. I feel the same way about those online games that expect you to pay for extra stuff. I just don't agree with those type of games in general, its not fair really because games cost enough on there own. Skylanders isn't a bad game, but the toys are a bad move from Activision :(


    How is it unfair? You don't have to buy them.

  42. imbusydoctorwho Friday 28th Oct 2011 at 22:38

    Where is the 3DS version actually sold? I can't find it anywhere!

    Game and Gamestation have it instore for a price of £49.99.

  43. Icytroid1993 Saturday 29th Oct 2011 at 16:01


    There is no difference between those games. I feel the same way about those online games that expect you to pay for extra stuff. I just don't agree with those type of games in general, its not fair really because games cost enough on there own. Skylanders isn't a bad game, but the toys are a bad move from Activision :(


    How is it unfair? You don't have to buy them.

    Well actually it is kinda unfair when you consider that you don't get the full experience of the game without the toys. So you have to buy the toys to get the full game in a sense, unfair. I'm really looking forward to Skyward Sword, its a new game where i get a massive amount of content and entertainment for no extra money :) The bottom line is that i'm not gonna argue with you, if you disagree with how i view the subject then great, but personally i don't think this kind of game is fair because you don't get the full game without more toys, which results in an expensive experience :(

  44. Luigimon Saturday 29th Oct 2011 at 20:02

    AGREE. AGREE. AGREE.

  45. Cyberguy Sunday 30th Oct 2011 at 19:37

    Me and my brother will be playing this game at Christmas. Hopefully the figures will get cheaper. Maybe they should just cost 2 or 3 pounds, or even better, £1.

    I doubt we'll be able to collect every figure, but we've chosen some of the ones we want, and that'll do us for now. I like the idea of toys coming to life but it is overpriced. Still looking forward to playing the game.

  46. Samster296 Sunday 30th Oct 2011 at 20:47

    I have never seen the figures being sold in GAME. They probably sell the figures in Toys R us or some place like that. It's going to be about £300 if you collect all the figures.

  47. zapper01 Sunday 30th Oct 2011 at 21:02

    I have never seen the figures being sold in GAME. They probably sell the figures in Toys R us or some place like that. It's going to be about £300 if you collect all the figures.


    They are sold in game, I've seen them.
    One problem with the game is that in a few years it's going to be very difficult to collect the figures.

  48. Quantum Raven Monday 31st Oct 2011 at 09:00

    I don't have this game but I agree with Chris Scullion in that having to fork out nearly £90 just to see every area and fork out nearly £282 just to 100% the game is a bit of a rip-off.

    However I've seen comments that fans have made about this game and they have made me very angry! Saying things like "the series restyle in 2006 has ruined it", "my childhood and Spyro's face have been murdered", "The Spyro series is dead" and "RIP Spyro" because of the graphical restyle when The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning was released in 2006 and SSA being released this year is immature and untrue and people who say things like that over something as trivial as a character redesign are insufferable pureists! :x There has only been one really bad Spyro game and that is The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon which was awful in every way because of releastic visuals which is not very Spyro-ish, psychotic and murderous controls and unnessary features. TLOS: DOTD was ruined on purpose by an obscure development company who clearly didn't know how a Spyro game is supposed to be made and look. I admit that Spyro's new design is a bit iffy but I'm coping with it because I've owned all the Spyro games from the original right up to The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night. Nobody moaned about the graphical restyling and character redesign of the Crash Bandicoot series so for god's sake STOP MOANING ABOUT A CHARACTER REDESIGN!!!

  49. Komodo_Wolfgang Friday 4th Nov 2011 at 17:18

    there are some triple-packs you can buy for about £17.99

    LOL where? Just wandering around I see it at hmv for like £30.

    So..the games good but the whole portal idea lets it down? Hmm... Imma keep my eyes on this. At some point, its going to become out of fashion, and your gonna see the characters in the "cheapo" bin or something for about £1.50. and the game and stuff for like £30.

    The thing that bothers me most is how they hit Spyro with the ugly Mallet...

  50. pokemanD Saturday 5th Nov 2011 at 00:53

    About how much are you missing out on without paying extra?

  51. Xord Saturday 5th Nov 2011 at 14:03

    I think I'll print this article out then show it to a boy called Ahmed in my class who's getting the game. He's a right arsehole, but I can't bear seeing people being scammed.

  52. Samster296 Saturday 5th Nov 2011 at 17:39

    I think I'll print this article out then show it to a boy called Ahmed in my class who's getting the game. He's a right arsehole, but I can't bear seeing people being scammed.

    Same.
    Somebody at my school just buys any game willy nilly. He is Getting Skylanders for Christmas (£54.99), a 3DS with two games (£150- £180.00 About) and four Xbox games games new! (£160.00 if all at £40.00).
    All together thats about £370 just for Christmas.
    I am only Getting a 3DS with Mario Kart 7 and thats probably about £145.00

  53. Spyro Cool Wednesday 7th Dec 2011 at 19:59

    I'm annoyed at how much this will cost, and how different Spyro is from the "Insomniac" trilogy (I think Spyro 2 was my first video game I played!). But, I'm starting to think about getting this!

  54. dmiuliucci Saturday 17th Mar 2012 at 17:39

    As much as I agree with the cost of all the extra skylanders, I also agree that you do not have to access all those other areas as someone has previously stated it is just hats, treasures, etc. However, you do need different elements to fight better in the normal areas. As I hate to spend the extra money, I do have 30 characters. As much as it has cost, the family time I spend with my children playing is priceless. I am currently trying to locate more characters as we have reached a battle at the end of a world that we just can't get thru without killing all 30 characters. Then you have to play the whole area again. We are only 24% into it. I do love this game and hate the investment but obviously people are still buying the characters because I can not get my hands on anymore. Also I just heard they are coming out with 20 new characters. They must be selling...

  55. lunakitty Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 14:02

    I tried this game on the 3DS in HMV just after it came out, and I fell in love, was definitely going to buy!
    But then I found out you NEED to use the platformy thing, it isn't optional, and now I'm not buying it at all.

    I wouldn't have minded playing the whole game as Spyro, without the platform, even if I miss all the secrets and finish the game with only 60% complete. I'm not someone who needs to 100% a game, and in fact, I never have before.
    But I don't want to have to play with this thing which I assume you need attached or near to your 3DS when you play. I'd much rather just be able to carry the game around in my 3DS and just pull it out and play, without a platformy ring thing.

    I'm hoping there IS a Skylanders 2, and I'm hoping they cut out the figures, or at least make it optional.

  56. shedevil1980 Monday 14th May 2012 at 18:13

    Hidden cost???????? im discusted my 7 year old son bugged me so much 4 this game i got him it for xmas he now has 17 figures and a healing potion thing. He has just defeted kaos at the price that i have paid for this game i would haved thought u could update it or there were more to do after killing kaos and sending him to earth. when iu went to buy a new figure air element at game last week the assistant told me they have brought out new figures. How can they add figures but not add to the game i think its is stupid. how many people have like me have got these and added to them because its all their kids have talked about and dont want to see them upset like my son is when i say no to having another figure. Whats it gonna cost when they bring a second one out. this is a lets get mugs to buy this and keep making new figures its a dam rip off and they targeted kids to do it. sorry buy they are as bad a the people who phone and say they are from microsoft and problems with computers put a so called virus on comp then charge u and steal from ur bank account. The only difference is this has been done publicly and in a way that all kids want it. Thanks for ripping me and a lot of other parents off. I am not impressed at all

  57. shedevil1980 Monday 14th May 2012 at 18:27

    People, you do realise you can do all of the main levels with the 3 characters you're provided with right?
    The little areas within the levels aren't that great anyway, and respond to which type of skylander you've got, not a specific skylander.
    If you buy all the characters, you get hats and a few achievements. Whoop dee doo.
    Now don't get me wrong, I love hats and achievements, but I don't feel compelled to buy the figures just for that. It's not like 100 percenting a game in the usual sense.

    Now, I'm not defending the game- I still think it's disgusting that you're paying £50 for a game and not getting all the content available at release (even if most of the extra content is just a bit of fluff). Just had to set a few things straight.

    Yeah i agree with u but when its all ur kid talks about and wants what choice do u really have but to keep adding to it my son is 7 and he even saves his pocket money 4 a figure. thats why they have done it like this because they know kids will want all figures im discusted big time

  58. shedevil1980 Monday 14th May 2012 at 18:31

    It's a bit of a shame you cannot complete the game with the 3 toys included, but we're buying action figures on a regular base anyway and they cost double the price of the Skylander figurines, so for a collector I don't see a problem, for a kid and parent it's indeed pretty painful.


    I'm pretty much of this opinion. If the figures were priced a lot lower, the 'hidden costs' of this game wouldn't be as bad.

    There are people out there who won't want to get every toy just to find everything. I'd suspect most people would just get one of each element, complete it that far and leave it at that. Even in normal games, 100% can be an exhausting goal to reach (I wonder how many people here haven't 100%-ed other games because they thought certain sidequests/challenges were way too long/difficult/not worth it?).


    Yeah but when ur kid is bugging u for a new skylander even though he has one of each element thats y its been done like this its such a big craze it is hard to get hold of them just by going into a shop. the kids want all of them not just 8 thats y its been done like this to rip people off

  59. Diddy ZX Monday 14th May 2012 at 19:47

    I tried this game on the 3DS in HMV just after it came out, and I fell in love, was definitely going to buy!
    But then I found out you NEED to use the platformy thing, it isn't optional, and now I'm not buying it at all.

    I wouldn't have minded playing the whole game as Spyro, without the platform, even if I miss all the secrets and finish the game with only 60% complete. I'm not someone who needs to 100% a game, and in fact, I never have before.
    But I don't want to have to play with this thing which I assume you need attached or near to your 3DS when you play. I'd much rather just be able to carry the game around in my 3DS and just pull it out and play, without a platformy ring thing.

    I'm hoping there IS a Skylanders 2, and I'm hoping they cut out the figures, or at least make it optional.


    You don't need the Portal attached to or near your 3DS while playing. In fact, only the home-console versions require the portal and figures to be present at all times - quite sensibly, the developers of the 3DS version knew that the home-console approach isn't practical for a portable release, and designed it accordingly. ;)

    When you start, you scan in one Skylander, and when you finish the first level you can scan in a second one, and then switch between them at will by tapping the touch-screen. If you have a power-up item, you can add that too, and it will remain in place also. The Portal is interfaced with via Infra Red, so once this is done you can just walk away from it, and that's that.

    After that, you don't ever have to touch it again if you don't want to (and don't care about writing the stats and items earned back to the figures so that they can be used with another version of the game).

  60. ConTheJedi Friday 30th Nov 2012 at 15:39

    Just stumbled across this article, and a full year after it was posted I still felt the urge to jump in and add fuel to the fire! I completly disagree with the article for a number of reasons - the first being simply that Skylanders is being advertised and sold as a toy, not a game. Toys are investments, they are collectables and you pretty much expect that you will need to purchase acessories and add-ons at some point down the line; just look at Pokemon cards/figures, Lego, Kung Zhu hamsters, etc.

    Secondly, the majority of people who are complaining about not being able to get 100% completion without buying every single figure and expansion pack sound like they might just be a bit old for this game. Don't get me wrong, I class myself as a pretty serious gamer, and I suffer serious OCD over hidden achievements and 100% completion ratings on games like Halo and GTA. I also really enjoy playing Skylanders, but Skylanders wasn't designed for me, it was designed for my 8 year old brother, who wants to complete the game as fast as possible, build as big a Skylander army as possible and battle his friends and their figures. He couldn't care less about 100% completion. You technically only need another 5 figures alongside the starter pack in order to access every possible area of the level, anything else is just an extra and I'm pretty sure thats where family members and friends can help ("What can we get him for his birthday?" "Oh just another Skylander will do"). £7.99 for your nephews present is a bargain, and he gets closer to assembling a full blown army.

    Whats more, he actually plays with figures on their own! They are well-made, well-designed and likeable figurines that can be collected, displayed and enjoyed with or without the game. And I think that's why they are so popular. Seeing as Skylanders Giants is just around the cornor now, I guess I'm not the only one who thinks that though!

  61. Midnight doom Wednesday 27th Mar 2013 at 19:50

    I own both games but its worth it i mean fun unusual characters I mean true there pricey but I've seen worse games come out and trust me I own some of them and I have about 47 in the online game so 45 in real life and I say money well spent and it only cost me £35 for the second game so I say your just a hater cos I don't care about the new Disney one skylanders is the only game for me

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