Skylanders Superchargers: PS4 Review
Released by Activision
As Christmas approaches the hunt for your dollar and your child's heart is ramping up a pace.
What with LEGO Dimensions, Disney Infinity, Guitar Hero et al bombarding the market at the moment, it's clear the fight is intensifying.
So, add to that list, Skylanders Superchargers, another set of toys that spring to life on your gaming console and bring you hours of fun in the small person in your life or even yourself.
With a nice starter set that uses a new portal of power, the pieces themselves are a chunky bunch that can endure anything you throw at them. Simply put the game is about defending Skylands as Kaos has unleashed a new weapon aimed at bringing the world down. Pulling together a special team known as the Skychargers, it's up to you to save the day.
There are over 40 Skylanders and vehicles to collect so there's no chance that once you're in you'll get bored. And you shouldn't because the game itself is fun and furious, thanks to the various powers the vehicles themselves possess.
Sadly though, unless you own all of the vehicles, you will find yourself locked out of challenges, something which is a pain but seems to be a commercial reality these days. Taking in the elements the game throws you into a fight on the ground, in the air or in the water and gives you a Mario Kart-esque vibe to what's going on as you race around.
Equally, the supercharging element which sees the right vehicle paired with the right character adds to the fun, and is like a power boost, giving you the ability to race around the levels. The game's broken down into various vehicle missions and the ability to mash buttons for kid-friendly effect. Online maps and co-op play also figure if you want to take on friends and these work smoothly - the whole thing skews younger which is perfectly fine, but means that the seasoned gamer may find some of the levels easy to complete and the whole piece is set to sweetly charming rather than terrifying and frightening, ensuring replayability and pester power for kids to ensure all the other vehicles and toys are bought.
Simple yet creative, charming and fun, Skylanders Superchargers is a game that deserves to hold its own in a currently crowded market of toys to console. It's likely to keep little minds engaged - and even adults amused as this family friendly title sets its supercharged sights on fun - and that's no bad thing.