Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
is not shaping up to be a conventional game. When making your initial purchase, you will get a copy of the game, a 'Portal' mat, three toy figurines, and a few trading cards. Each toy contains a microchip; when the toy is placed on the portal, the portal reads the chip and the character is rendered into the game. There will be 32 characters in total for gamers to collect; each character comes from a different home world, but Kaos, an evil Portal Master, has removed them and forced them to exist in our world as toys. Players have to return the characters back to their own world.
Activision has released gameplay footage of 15 of those characters. Unfortunately, this footage does not take the form of just one trailer - each character gets their own video, so that makes 15 trailers for your viewing pleasure. I guess that we'd better get cracking then.Flameslinger
Flameslinger is an elf archer with incredible aim. In fact, he is so good that he wears a blindfold just to prove it. When he was young, he rescued a fire spirit from a watery doom and was gifted an enchanted bow and magical fire boots that he now masterfully uses to defeat evil throughout Skylands. With the scorched earth he leaves behind, you can always tell where he has been.
Eruptor is a force of nature, hailing from a species that lived deep in the underground until a volcano launched their entire civilization onto the crust. He's a hot head with a strong dislike for anything evil, so whenever something bad threatens his world, he quickly erupts… quite literally. To help control his temper, he likes to relax in lava pools, particularly because there are no crowds.
Chop Chop was once an Elite Guard belonging to the ancient Arkeyan beings. Like many of the Arkeyans, he was created from a hybrid of elements - in his case, undead magic and technology. The Arkeyans had created massive armies of synthetic soldiers, and the Elites were the most powerful of these. Chop Chop is a relentless, highly-skilled warrior who wields a sword and shield made of an indestructible metal. Refusing to believe that his people had disappeared, Chop Chop was scouring the kingdom looking for an Arkeyan leader to give him his next set of orders when he was found by Eon and recruited as a Skylander.
Prism Break was once a fearsome rock golem who didn't like to be disturbed. Then, an accidental cave-in left him buried underground. One hundred years later, a Mabu mining expedition digging for valuable jewels discovered him by chance...with a well-placed blow from a pick axe that Prism Break would rather not mention. After 100 years of solitude, he found that the pressure of the earth had transformed him, turning his crude rocky arms into incredible gems with powerful energy. From that day forward, he dedicated himself to protecting the Mabu and Skylands alongside the other Skylanders.
Stump Smash was once a magical tree creature that spent most of his time sleeping peacefully in the forests of Skylands. Then one day he awoke to discover that his entire forest had been chopped down and logged by the Trolls... himself included! His long branches were gone, leaving him only with powerful mallets for hands, which he used to smash the Trolls' tree-cutting machines. Although still grumpy about what happened to him, Stump Smash has vowed to protect Skylands against those who would do it harm... especially Trolls.
For many years, Gill Grunt peacefully lived deep in the oceans until a nasty band of pirates kidnapped his Mermaid girlfriend. He then took to land and sea to search for her, eventually joining the Skylanders to help defend the world from every kind of foe…but especially pirates. Gill Grunt is one fish that never lets evil off the hook.
Zap is a water dragon who was raised in the seas of Skylands by a family of electric eels. Although he is friendly and well-liked by most sea creatures, he has a long standing feud with the dolphins. They don't like that he regularly shocks them by accident when they ride the ocean waves together, and he usually takes offense at the dolphins saying the shocks are no accident... and sometimes they're right. But despite these minor differences of opinion, Zap has proven to be a true protector of the seas and of Skylands.
On his first quest as a knight, Ignitor was tricked by a cunning witch into wearing a magical suit of armor that he was told would resist fire from a dragon. As it turned out, it was made of cursed steel. He journeyed to a dragon's lair where a single blast of fire transformed him into a blazing spirit, binding him to the suit of armor for eternity. Despite this setback, Ignitor remains a spirited knight who is always fired up to protect the lands from evil and find the witch that tricked him.
Trigger Happy is more than his name, it's his solution to every problem. Nobody knows where he came from. He just showed up one day blasting gold coins everywhere with his custom-crafted shooters. Now everyone throughout the lands knows of this crazy goldslinger that will take down any bad guy… usually without bothering to aim.
Spyro hails from a rare line of magical purple dragons that come from a faraway land few have ever traveled. He has been on many exciting adventures, and has a remarkable knowledge of the different lands he protects, more so than any other Skylander. A strong-willed dragon who is young at heart, Spyro is fearless and brave. A true hero dedicated to defending his world from all things evil.
Bash spent most of his early dragonhood gazing into the sky, watching the flying creatures of Skylands soar amongst the clouds. Determined to join them, he learned how to curl himself into a ball and roll with incredible momentum in a vain attempt to take flight. Over the years, his skin hardened, forming a natural protective armor unlike any other creature. He now thunders through Skylands, leaving a wake of destruction against any who threaten it. Despite his thick skin, he still gets a bit touchy about his inability to fly.
A highly decorated soldier of his people, Voodood once commanded a well-known team of dangerous warriors. After becoming its last living member, he joined the Skylanders. Ever since he was a young orc, Voodood has collected rare and interesting bones that he uses to create weapons and devices - his favorite being the grappling hook, which grants him tremendous agility in combat. When not fighting evil, he is constantly searching for new and exotic bones to expand his collection.
Stealth Elf was separated from her parents when she was very young, and was taken-in by an unusually stealthy, ninja-like tree creature in the deep forest. Under his tutelage, she has spent the majority of her life training in the art of stealth fighting. After completing her training, she became a Skylander and set out into the world to uncover the mystery behind her origins.
Long ago, Sonic Boom took refuge high atop a mountain peak in the far reaches of Skylands. Away from the mystical dangers of the outside world, she had hoped to keep her griffin hatchlings safe. But despite her precautions, a devious wizard tracked her down and placed a wicked curse on the griffin eggs. Once hatched, the young griffins can live for only mere moments before they magically return to their shells... only to be hatched again in an endless cycle. Wanting to prevent such evil from happening to others, Sonic Boom joined the Skylanders and has trained her young to defend Skylands each time they are hatched.
Spyro is a rare magical dragon with the ability to harness the power of the other elements, though he prefers to master fire. However, this innate power also leaves him vulnerable to the influence of dark magic. When the Darkness is nearby, Spyro can channel its energy and combine its power with his own, becoming Dark Spyro. Over the years, he has learned to focus and control his power, using this dark magic to fight the forces of evil.
There are seven other characters confirmed for this game - Terrafin, Ghost Roaster, Drobot, Boomer, Stormee, Dino-rang and Zook - but details on these characters are yet to be revealed.Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
is due to be released in Autumn / Fall 2011.