A few weeks after Disney Infinity was announced, Activision have responded with Skylanders: Swap Force, the third game in the Skylanders series. With a release date set for the autumn, Skylanders: Swap Force won't be going head to head with Disney's game but fans are being asked to collect more than 50 figures in a new Wii U and 3DS game that encourages you to swap parts of the figures.
However, you can do a lot with these new figures. Swap Force refers to the ability to swap different parts of figures to create all-new Swap Force characters. There are just 16 Swap Force figures but each one can be split at the waist meaning you can swap body parts with other figures.
The parts are connected by a magnet but the important thing is that if you buy all 16 figures, you can create 256 Swap Force characters by swapping parts.
For example, you can take Magna Charge, a tech Skylander with a magnetic head and an energy blaster, and combine his base with Wash Buckler's upper body. Wash Buckler is a pirate with squid tentacles who can fire a pistol, squirt squid ink and swing a cutlass. Wash Buckler is stronger but slower than Magna Charge and by combining the two parts, the new character can use strong attacks as well as Magna Charge's unicycle to take out a harder enemy. According to Vicarious Visions, this will add a new tactical element to the game.
There are Swap Zones which can only be reached by using a certain type of Swap Force character.
As for the story, a volcanic eruption caused these Swap Force characters to be torn apart but, aside from that, we know very little about the adventure which has been developed by Vicarious Visions who made Skylanders for 3DS and ported Skylanders Giants to Wii U. N-Space are developing the 3DS version.
In addition to the new Swap Force characters, there are 16 new Skylanders, including Countdown and Roller Ball. Countdown can can fire rockets from his arms while Roller Brawl is an undead rollerblader who can perform a rolling headbutt.
As for the new versions of old Skylanders, they each have a new pose and boast a new Wow Pow upgrade power.
You can also use your old Skylanders with the game, each of which now have the ability to jump skyward.
As with Disney Infinity, Skylanders: Swap Force comes with a Starter Pack which, in addition to the game, includes two Swap Force figures, one regular Skylander, the all-new Portal Of Power plus stickers and a poster.
You do need this new Portal Of Power - which lights up - to play Skylanders: Swap Force.
Check out the new screenshots and let us know if you are excited by Skylanders?