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Skylanders (2016) uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.

The novelty is that the toy figure not only looks great and unlocks content in the game, but it also remembers the player's progress. While playing you place the figure on a round plinth that plugs into the console and automatically brings it into the game.

There are a series of Skylanders games that added a novelty each year. The newer games can use the older figures:
  • Skylanders Spyro's Adventure
  • Skylanders Giants introduced large Giant toys and game characters in 2012.
  • Skylanders Swap Force introduced mix-and-match character torsos and legs in 2013.
  • Skylanders Trap Team introduced collectable crystals that let players capture and play as enemy characters in 2014. Its portal had a speaker that created a great trapping audio effect.
  • Skylanders SuperChargers added toy racing vehicles and kart-racing modes in 2015. Only Skylanders with Online Multiplayer (Xbox One, Wii U and PlayStation 4).
  • Skylanders Imaginators added characters you could create yourself from parts you won in the game in 2016.

The Starter Packs for each game provided everything you needed to complete the game, but additional areas and characters are only available by purchasing the additional toys. There were around 30 of these each year. Now the game is not being updated you can find the Skylanders toys very cheaply second-hand.

The game is available on different systems. The Skylanders toy figures work on all the systems interchangeably. Console and PC are the main versions, but there was a full version on iOS for Trap Team that comes with its own Bluetooth portal peripheral. Similarly, there are 3DS versions that come with a portable version of the portal peripheral.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Skylanders 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 5 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Fighting game with Action, Race, Shooting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. You could play with up to two players who shared the screen on one console. Only Skylanders SuperChargers on PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One offers online multiplayer.

You can play this game in the following styles:

This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 20 hours to complete. You could get through the game in around 8 hours, but with the extra characters and areas unlocked this will take much longer.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Skill as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:
Invented Skylanders Chess

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated General (G) for General.

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. One family told us, "We loved playing Skylanders as a family, solving the puzzles and evolving the toy characters. My son played from age 4 and still plays now he's 14. The physical toys that you swap to see them change on-screen was really attention-grabbing. I was always called in for speed bits other than that was mainly watching my wife and son play together like an interactive cartoon series."

Our Game Pathways reveal how 9-year-olds play this game:


Skylanders usually costs £39.99 to £59.99. 

Skylanders Giants - Starter Pack

Amazon StoreSALE Wii U £49.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Amazon Store Xbox 360 £49.99
Amazon StoreSALE Wii £39.99 £18.99 at the moment

Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Switch

Amazon Store Xbox One £59.99
Amazon Store PS4 £59.99
Amazon Store Switch £59.99
Amazon StoreSALE Wii U £59.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Amazon Store Xbox 360 £49.99

Skylanders Swap Force - Starter Pack

Amazon Store PS4 £59.99
Amazon Store Xbox One £59.99
Amazon Store Xbox 360 £49.99
Amazon Store Wii £39.99

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure Starter Pack

Amazon Store Xbox 360 £49.99
Amazon Store Wii £39.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can unlock characters, levels and vehicles in the game by purchasing physical smart toys and using them on the "Portal". 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Price: 52% off

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Adventure, Fighting (Action, Race, Shooting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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