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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Game ... BUT ..., January 10, 2012
This review is from: Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack - Nintendo Wii (Video Game)
Clearly, this game is the Dungeons & Dragons of this generation, with game play centering on buying little figurines, just like D&D and also buying upgrade missions (obviously many more to come in the months ahead), just like D&D. A lot of people reading this may not understand this point, but those old enough that played Dungeons & Dragons know full well the truth of it. This was a brilliant and long-awaited brain storm by Activision.

First, this is a game for kids to play as young as 4 and as old as 80. Yet another strong marketing move by Activision to create such an incredibly imaginative game for the 4-15 age range. Also this game isn't ridiculously hard at any time and it never gets violent or bloody.


Part of the fun, and downfall, is collecting the little characters which there are currently 32 of. Lots of retailers, including Amazon sell them, but as of right now -- everyone is sold out - everywhere.

Everyone is clamoring for these things and people are sadly taking advantage of that and reselling them for almost a hundred bucks on Ebay. It makes no sense that they have lots of the same characters that are available in the combination packages, which are the only ones left. I think you can still buy Trigger Happy and Boomer just about everywhere.

Finding Air Characters - as well as the Legendary Versions? Good luck, we've searched all over Southern California and have come up empty. Activision should've really bulked up before the season. Perhaps they were wondering if this game was going to be a success or fall flat. I think they have an answer.

Glitches & Bugs:

The biggest problem with the game itself, and the reason why I only give the game three stars, is primarily for the reason that there are LOTS and LOTS of glitches and bugs in this game. It's almost as if someone at Activision said:

"Hey, Christmas is coming quick and the testing isn't quite finished and all the bugs aren't worked out yet, but let's go ahead and go to market with it so we don't miss the big retail season."

That scenario seems completely plausible after you play this game for only a few levels. The biggest glitch is the problem that occurs at Level 20, where the 'Weapons Master' is asleep, and shouldn't be and cannot be re-awoken to complete the final stage of the game and beat Kaos.

Just a quick Google of the term 'Weapons Master Asleep' brings up everything and no fixes. Sadly, there is no fix. You can play this game for days only to get to the end and not be able to finish it, which is a big stickler for serious gamers. Nothing like dangling a carrot.

I emailed Activision and they gave their canned response that they've given everyone and the suggestions just don't work at all and you're forced to restart a new game on 'File 2' and start all over. Sad but true.

I've also encountered a lot of bugs and areas where you just can't get out of in the Dark Light Crypt Mission.

Positive thoughts:

I honestly love this game and I play this with my four year old son every weekend and it's all he talks about. You build up each character, making them stronger and collecting stuff which you can then take to a friends house and play and they have the same strengths, which are completely portable.

None of the figures are really scary, none are sexualized and all of them say silly little things that makes kids laugh.

Extras & Missions:

There are currently two upgrade mission packs for sale, each one comes with a character and a magical item or two. We *always* play with the Hidden Treasure item on the platform in order to find the hidden chest on every level.

A healing Vase comes with the other upgrade pack which is also good for restoring your character during battles.

The hourglass slows down enemies so you can wipe them out if you're outnumbered.
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Initial post: Jan 11, 2012 6:09:25 PM PST
The game can't be completed? Or under certain circumstances? We haven't hit this bug yet and I'd like to be prepared.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 9:18:25 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 11, 2012 9:18:59 PM PST
If you get to level 20, The Quicksilver Vault, complete it and then DO NOT continue and say yes to the Weapons Master to begin level 21 immediately, the game will glitch out and the Weapons Master will remain asleep permanently as previously described.

Most people, after each level either visit the Fairy, take a break, turn off the machine after playing for awhile, etc., doing so kills the game.

It's a known fact, just Google it and you'll see that lots of people have gotten stuck because of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 8:50:07 PM PST
Thanks for the heads up

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2012 9:28:04 PM PST
No problem.

I've been trying to iron out the bugs and find workarounds today for the snags in Darklight Crypt which is yet another area that needs looking at.
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