Skylanders Swap Force is showing a huge upgrade in graphics and gameplay mechanics from the previous titles, and with developer Vicarious Visions in the saddle, I can’t wait to hear more about their influence on the Skylanders series. I’ve put together a great deal on current gameplay and story information, so buckle up!
Skylanders Swap Force takes place in an all new location within Skylands known as The Cloudbreak Islands, where Kaos is working on his next plot to take over the Skylands. In order to defeat Kaos (and his mother) this time around, a new line of toys, Skylanders Swap Force is introduced! Swap Force Skylanders are Skylanders that were blasted to earth and split in two by a magical volcanic eruption. These Swap Force Skylanders are very happy and eager to be put back together, and sent back to The Cloudbreak Islands by you, the Portal Masters! I’m very interested to see how they will use this Swap Force element as part of the story, and how well it will work in the cutscene videos. The cutscene videos look amazing and crisp under the development of Vicarious Visions, and that was an upgrade I was very much looking forward too. There will be some returning faces as well, including the fan-favorite Captain Flynn, and yes, Patrick Waburton has returned to voice this loud and opinionated character.
Before anything else is said about the gameplay changes and improvements, I see it as pure justification to start off by telling you that finally, you can jump with your Skylanders. This is a long aniticipated mechanic that I’ve been seeing as a necessity since Spyro’s Adventure. Not only will this directly affect mobility and maneuverability, but levels and puzzles will also see a great robust change, in order to implement jumping. Skylanders Swap Force characters are really offering a new experience of gameplay in The CloudBreak Islands, and in many different ways. Each Skylanders Swap Force Character has two parts, the top half is focused on character and attack, while the bottom half is focused on mobility. Each Swap Force character can mix and match their parts with ANY of the 16 Swap Force Skylanders, creating 256 unique “Swapabilities”! It’s very exciting to see Vicarious implement this type of creativity, because it creates more customization with less Skylanders, and that is a financial sigh of relief.
Each Swap Force character has a hexagonal shape at the base of their element piece, and this depicts a specific mobility, which will open up new zones in the levels. There are eight unique abilities, such as climbing (depicted above), speed, flying, teleporting, climbing, digging, etc. This not only creates more unlockable zones within a level, but it also creates more robust play styles through those areas. Along with the traditional Elemental Areas there are new Elemental Areas that depict two elements, and again your Swap Force Skylanders come into play. You need to create a mix and match Swap Force Skylander that contains both elements shown in order to get maximum benefit from that area. The swapping of Skylanders and and mixing of characters should not halter the gameplay, because the top and bottom pieces are held together by a magnet, creating simple and quick character swapping. Check out this Gameplay Video to see for yourself!
That wraps up the story and gameplay of Skylanders Swap Force, if you are more interested in each of the Characters, then check them out right here. Stay tuned for more exciting Skylanders Swap Force news, and look out for a chance to win a free Skylander, coming soon, from right here at Toy Chaser! Leave a comment with your thoughts, and please subscribe!
– Caleb Stiles