Last year I mentioned that Princess Nagger and I got hooked on a new game, Skylanders: Spyro Adventures.  Well this year, just in time for the holidays, they’ve come out with a sequel, Skylanders: Giants The new figures are huge comparatively speaking, and bring a whole new level to the game. 

Princess Nagger was concerned that they’d take up the whole space on top of the portal and not leave room for a second player – but surprisingly enough, they fit.  Skylanders Giants are available now, just in time for the Holiday rush – what’s cool is you can check them out first-hand at a local Best Buy where they have a demo section set up for you to try them out and see what all the hype is about.

We were already hooked before we went and tried out this new version, and unbeknownst to Princess Nagger I even pre-ordered the new game:

I opted to get the starter pack instead of the one that just comes with the game and one giant – because it only comes with just the game and one giant, whereas the starter pack comes with two additional figures and a portal.  Sure, we already have a portal, but it was worth the extra $15 to have a back-up portal plus two additional figures.  It’s all in the math.

Checking out this new version, you can tell that Activision took a lot of care to create another entertaining Skylanders game.  They’ve enhanced the features and created enough additions to the Skylanders Giants to definitely make it worth its while.  Those that are already Skylanders fans like us will be happy with the additions, too – it’s not just a rehash of the original, there are new figures with different abilities, and the original figures are able to increase their stats, too.

If you’re still on the fence (or never got into the Skylanders craze to begin with) you can check them out at Best Buy to see what the hype is all about first-hand.  The thing I love about this game (besides the obvious Cool Factor) is that it’s a team-player game – sure, you can play solo, but it’s so much more fun when you play as a team getting through each level. 

Skylanders: Giants will have plenty of new characters to collect – there will be eight Giant figurines (which are bigger than normal characters and can use in-game objects that are too large for smaller characters), eight Light Core characters (whose figurines contain glowing parts), and 24 Series 2 figures (which feature new poses and upgrades). Additionally, there will be eight brand new characters, so you better start saving up your money.

Last year the figures were hard to find closer to the holidays – so if you’re psycho obsessed like Princess Nagger and I are, you might want to shop early.  Or do what I did last year and wait until the hubbub dies down and then get them.  Either way, they’re definitely worth it. 

Which brings me to this week’s question(s):

Do you play video games with or without your kids? What is your favorite game to play – video or not?

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  1. I like to play the Wii with my brothers, but my girls are still too young for screen time. In a year or two, we’ll get them involved with some of the games that are also activities.
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  2. My kids and husband love this game. We haven’t played the giants yet. We are waiting for x-mas. I don’t play as many video games with my kids as my husband does.
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  3. I don’t really play video games. We do have Wii Jeopardy that we like to play as a family. My youngest son is crazy about Skylanders. We actually had the chance to visit Activision Headquarters earlier this fall to check out the new Giants before it was released. I went as a rep from 5 Minutes for Mom to do a review. My son was thrilled! We got to meet the team behind the creation of the game and play Giants on all the different platforms. I think it’s gonna be a very hot toy for Christmas this year.
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    1. Oooh! Wii Jeopardy would be fun – I’ll have to get that one. How exciting you got to visit Activision Headquarters to check them out before the release – bet your son thought you were the best mom in the world! 🙂 I think it’s going to be a very hot toy for Christmas this year, too – I had a hard time finding the figures last year so I’m being pro-active this year and buying early for Christmas. 😉

    1. The dance parties are fun, aren’t they? I feel like such a dork, but it’s fun (and the kids laugh at me). 😉 If you have plans to get this game (or specific figures) for your son as a gift this year, I’d definitely get it sooner rather than later – last year’s version and figures were really hard to find (unless you wanted to pay 300% increase by sellers on Amazon or eBay). 😉

  4. I miss my video game nut (who has since grown up and moved away), and my little one is too little still…but this would be a good gift idea for the holidays!

  5. The Wii, the DS, our iPod touches – all we do is game EVERY DAY. Rock Band, Mario Kart, the Wii Fit (my baby) we are absolutely a gaming family and are TOTALLY devoted to Best Buy for all our electronic needs so I’ll be sure to see that there, thanks! I’VE MISSED YOU!
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    1. I love having an excuse to play video games as ‘bonding moments’ with my daughter. And when Little Dude gets old enough to play, with him too. 🙂 We love board and card games too – if you do morph into video games, this one is an excellent one for kids and adults. 😉

    1. LOL! I was very tempted to buy lots of extra figures to sell them when they become scarce again… 😉 It was definitely a major quest last year, wasn’t it? I’m hedging my bets by getting some early for Christmas so I won’t have the frustration of last year. 😉

  6. I liked playing Wii bowling with my hubby.
    Back in the day (Sheesh, I am dating myself), I like playing Donkey Kong and Mario. 🙂
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  7. just spoke to my sister this weekend, and both my nephews have them on their christmas list

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