Among the many new exciting games and oddities at the 2011 Toy Fair, Activision's latest gaming experience for the Nintendo Wii stood out for its fresh take on role-playing games. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure is action-packed entertainment that lets player interaction cross between the game and real worlds.
The game includes over 30 characters, each with distinct personalities and skill sets that offer unique advantages for many of the challenges and puzzles. Beyond their in-game form, the characters have a physical representation as an "interaction figure." Essentially a toy with a brain, the figure is capable of remembering specific player information so you can take your character on the road.
The game will incorporate a physical gateway, "The Portal of Power," which is a dock allowing players to transition their character from the real world to the game world. Using the portal, players can easily tap into the game at a friend's house and never have to worry about losing earned skills, letting them bring their custom characters anywhere for co-op or player versus player battles.
Written by Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow of Toy Story fame, the game's narrative combined with its unique interactive nature makes it a very promising new approach to continuous role playing games. Skylanders Spyro's Adventure will be available Fall 2011.