Time to tackle the evil trolls

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

IF THE name Sky­lan­ders rings a bell, that’s be­cause the se­ries sur­faced last year as an in­no­va­tive con­sole game, blend­ing col­lectable toy fig­urines with an ac­tion role- play­ing video game. It was quite a hit. This lat­est out­ing ar­rives for Ap­ple’s touch de­vices and is not the same game fans of the se­ries have come to know. In­stead, it’s an on- rails shooter that merely in­cor­po­rates char­ac­ters and el­e­ments from the orig­i­nal game.

In fact, the only phys­i­cal tie- in with the orig­i­nal video game is that you can in­stantly un­lock in- game char­ac­ters of any of the toy fig­urines you own by us­ing a unique code that came in the box. Al­ter­na­tively, new char­ac­ters can only be ac­cessed by spend­ing pre­cious gems you earn while play­ing.

While the en­tire Sky­lan­ders cast can be un­locked, un­for­tu­nately none of their unique abil­i­ties from the con­sole game are present. This makes it pretty point­less to buy new char­ac­ters.

Un­like the free- roam­ing en­vi­ron­ment of last year’s con­sole game, Sky­lan­ders Cloud Pa­trol has more in com­mon with the slic­ing- and­dic­ing ac­tion of the pop­u­lar Fruit Ninja games.

The main game­play in­volves fir­ing at en­emy trolls scat­tered around the screen by tap­ping on them. When you slide a fin­ger across ev­ery en­emy with­out com­ing into con­tact with a deadly bomb, this mul­ti­ples your score. As you com­plete each short level, the in­ten­sity steadily in­creases.

The aim is to keep go­ing for as long as you can be­fore touch­ing a bomb or be­ing hit by re­turn fire, thus end­ing the game.

For an ex­tra chal­lenge and bonus score, you’re pre­sented with sev­eral goals to com­plete dur­ing each round.

Suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing these goals adds a bonus to your over­all score as well as lev­el­ling up your char­ac­ter.

This fresh spin on the se­ries may leave fans wish­ing for more in­ter­ac­tion with their cher­ished toy fig­urines, though it’s more than worth the small ask­ing price.

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