One of the things that has sta r Ted popping up in the past few years is figure accessories for use with videogames. Activision and Toys For Bob started this trend with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, but now, more companies are jumping on the bandwagon, but do they all deliver? Here’s my take on each of the major players……
Activision, Toys For Bob, and Vicarious Visions have been doing this series since 2011, and we’re really the innovator of this new trend. You play an adventure game where Spyro and the Skylanders take on Kaos and his evil minions and his allies, using various characters of varying elements and abilities by way of collecting figures.
The characters have the ability to store all of your character stats, upgrades, and powers – so you can take your figure to your friend’s house and play with them. The strong point is that the story appeals to a wide range of players. Also, the characters are forwards-compatable, meaning you can take your character from a previous game and still use it in later games.
Disney brought a new mechanic to the figure game – world building! You can use your characters to unlock new features and set pieces when building your worlds. This is the main strength of this game – the innovation of making a home for your cgaracters.
The figures don’t really do much more than unlock features, but like Skylanders, the figures are sturdy and made well, plus you have a pretty substantial array of figures from Disney and Marvel universes so far. Also, the characters are forwards-compatable with the version 2.0, which is good.
The story isn’t as concrete as Skylanders, but if you like a variety of worlds to play in, as well as creating your own places, then you should get this.
Nintendo is the new kid on the block, coming out with Amiibos. These figures are used in different games, each game offering something different – from stages in Mario Party 10, to outfits in Mario Kart 8, and more. These only work on Nintendo, so they are not multiplatform, unlike Skylanders and Infinity, which may limit their appeal. It looks like Nintendo is instead focusing on using their Amiibos in multiple Nintendo franchise games.
I know……why a writer review rather than a video? Well, Nintendo has this nasty habit these days of glomping onto YouTube videos. Even though I am not monetizing my videos, I just don’t want that headache.
I’m sure there will be more figures interacting with games. In fact, Lego is jumping on the same bandwagon with Lego Dimensions, due to come out soon. How will that stack up? How will Skylanders, Infinity, and the Amiibos hold up in the future? Only time will tell.