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Skylanders Giants - Big fun

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Skylanders Giants is another clever fusion of toys and videogames.

Skylanders Giants is another clever fusion of toys and videogames.

A clever fusion of toys and video games, Skylanders has been an enormous success for publisher Activision. Last Christmas it also proved to be a nightmare for parents trying to track down scarce figurines for desperate children, with prices for rare toys selling on eBay for hundreds of dollars each.

In Australia, Activision sold over 110,000 Skylanders starter packs in less than six months, along with over 300,000 toys. Worldwide an astonishing 30 million figures have been snapped up.

The game lets kids "bring their toys to life" by collecting the action figures and then instantly teleporting them into the game by placing them on the "Portal of Power". The game remembers the character's statistics as they become more powerful with in-game experience.

Players can enjoy the game with just the starter characters, but there's a strong incentive to collect more toys as they each have unique abilities and personalities.  Some areas can also only be accessed by specific characters. 

It's easy to be cynical about such a cunning strategy to separate kids from their pocket money, especially when the game is constantly teasing players by showing them characters they probably don't own yet. But both the original Skylanders and this new sequel are cleverly designed, well-written and very engaging games for youngsters. 

Giants offers a new and more entertaining adventure along with 40-plus new figures, including the super-sized gia 500

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