With Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure now available in Australia and available in the UK tomorrow, Activison have launched Skylanders: Spyro’s Universe; the online version of the game. How it works is, you register an account as a ‘Portal Master’ online and after which you are given your own lair in Skylands where by you can add characters to your collection of Skylanders.
So, the online world starts with an introduction from the floating, disembodied head of Eon. He acts as your guide in the online world, along with the actual game. So, your asked to place a magic type Skylander onto your portal; presumably Spyro. However if you don’t have a portal, toy or code Eon, being the kind chap that he is, will give you a free Skylander so anyone can play online without having the game yet; this Skylander being Spyro. So once you’ve got Spyro grinning menacingly at you, you can finally get into the online world.
It’s what you’d expect, just a small online game where you play as your Skylanders that you’ve collected. You can unlock medals by completing tasks, elemental power by eating elemental plants and collect treasure that can be spent ‘renting’ Skylanders that you don’t yet own. Every so often, Pirates will try to raid your Skyland and if such an evenet occurs you must protect your Skyland by shooting down the flying pirate ships in a ‘Sky Defence’ mini game; it basically just involves moving targets that you shoot and gain points for each one you shoot down.
If you still don’t have any Skylanders, the game will give you a few more when you return to your lair. For example, I started with Spyro and when it asked me if I had any other Skylanders, and after responding with no, Eon gave me Zap. I have no idea how long these Skylanders will last but it will probably let you keep one of them at least so you can keep playing online.
So, after playing it for a few minutes, it’s not a terrible little game but it’s nothing special either. It may be fun to play online with some friends, especially if you don’t require the game to play it, however I haven’t actually had that opportunity yet so I’ll just have to wait. Personally however, I’d just wait for the game. Considering that it’s just a BETA at the moment, there may be some bugs in the game. All information in the article above can be seen in more detail in this video;
However, if you are interested in having a go playing the game then you can sign up here; Skylanders: Spyro’s Universe. The main website, which can be accessed via the Skylanders: Spyro’s Universe section has also been updated adding bios and information on all the characters available upon the games release.
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is out on the 14th of October in Europe, and the 16th in North America