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Skylanders Spyro's Adventure

New Wii role-playing figures transport your character anywhere

by Greg Stefano in Tech on 17 February 2011

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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