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Skylanders Giants (Game Only)

Skylanders Giants (Game Only) / Wii U
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user score 6.5
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Release Date

10/21/2012

Genre

Action-Adventure

Platformer

Fantasy

Themes

Fantasy

Steampunk

Medieval

Action & Adventure

Developer

n-Space, Inc.

Publisher

Activision

Overview

Stealth Elf & Tree Rex
Stealth Elf & Tree Rex

Skylanders Giants continues the adventures of the previous game in the series, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. The game introduces 16 new characters, 8 of which are "Giants." All the previous figurines will be compatible with the new game, and even the 4 original Adventure Pack level expansions will unlock new additional levels in the sequel. Any stats earned and saved on the original figurines from the first game will be recognized by the sequel and carried over, and the level cap is raised to 15 (up from 10).

Provided one has the figurines, there will be 48 different playable characters in the game (not counting variants).

Story

Thousands of years ago, the Giant Skylanders were helping fight battles in the Skylands, but were later banished to Earth. With a new threat looming, they join forces with the new Skylanders to battle evil once again. Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow have returned to help write the story. Much like with the first game, the 3DS version will have a different story and gameplay.

Characters

Original Characters (Series 1 & 2)

All 32 of the original (a.k.a. Series 1) Skylander figures will work in the new game. But there are also 24 new "Series 2" versions released of these characters. These re-released characters have additional in-game abilities, and the figures are distinguishable from "Series 1" by having a new stance & an orange baseplate (original Series 1 figures have a green base). They are also backwards compatible with first game.

New Characters

All the new figures
All the new figures

There are 16 new Skylander characters introduced for this game. Eight of them are "Giant" Skylanders, and eight are "normal" sized characters. These Giants are able to perform tasks & access areas that normal Skylanders cannot. Each one belongs to one of the 8 elements. These new characters will only work in Skylanders Giants, they will not work in the original game.

There is also a subset of figures called LightCore Skylanders, which are character variations that light-up when placed on the portal. (They induce power wirelessly from the Portal, so they require no batteries.) They have extra in-game abilities compared to their non-light-up counterparts, although these LightCore figures are not compatible with the first game. There are 8 LightCore Skylander variants, one from each element.

ElementGiant SkylanderNormal SkylanderLightCore Skylander
Air Swarm Jet-Vac Jet-Vac
Earth Crusher Flashwing Prism Break
Fire Hot Head Hot Dog Eruptor
Life Tree Rex Shroomboom Shroomboom
Magic Ninjini Pop Fizz Pop Fizz
Tech Bouncer Sprocket Drobot
Undead Eye Brawl Fright Rider Hex
Water Thumpback Chill Chill

Retailer Exclusives

Toys R Us

Toys R Us has teamed up with the publisher again to exclusively carry "Legendary" versions of some characters, which are essentially blue/gold palette swaps, but they also have slightly different stats:

  • Legendary Bouncer
  • Legendary Chill
  • Legendary Ignitor
  • Legendary Jet-Vac
  • Legendary Slam Bam
  • Legendary Stealth Elf

Game Stop

 

Game Stop will carry an exclusive Golden Dragonfire Cannon Battle Pack, which is a 3-pack set of figures that contains:

  • Chop Chop (Series 2)
  • Shroomboom
  • Golden Dragonfire Cannon - Unlocks a special in-game battle arena

Pack-Ins

There are two different pack-ins with the game; one for those who already have a Portal of Power (Portal Owner Pack), and one for those who don't (Starter Pack). And just like with the first game, there will be a slightly different set of figures packed into the 3DS version of the game:

Starter Pack

Starter Pack box
Starter Pack box
  • Skylanders Giants Game
  • Portal of Power
  • Tree Rex
  • Cynder (Series 2)
  • Jet-Vac (PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, WiiU)
  • Punch Pop Fizz [Pop Fizz variant] (Nintendo 3DS)

Portal Owner Pack

  • Skylanders Giants Game
  • Tree Rex