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Review: Skylanders Swap Force Xbox 360



Disclaimer:  I was given the products in this post for the purpose of a review. 
I was not paid in any way to write this review.
All opinions are my own.


When mommy and I recently contacted Activision we had no idea what we would get in the mail when they responded by asking us for our address. After all Activision is known for their more popular games such as the Call of Duty franchise which mommy and daddy and my big sister loves to play. They're also known for their kid friendly games too like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Angry Birds and Star Wars. Were we surprised when the UPS delivery guy dropped off our package and inside was one of the most wanted games for the Holiday season. You guessed it! Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack for the Xbox 360. Skylanders Swap Force is also available for the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and is available for pre-order for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.


Now Skylanders Swap Force is the third installment in a very popular franchise and fortunately for us we already had the first two. Mikael is a major fan of the game and just has to have them all. The game can be very addicting and even mommy has played. After all the game is rated E for everyone. Now if you haven't played the very first two there is no need to fear. Skylanders Swap Force is an entirely new game and is one of those games you can just pick up and play. 



Embark on an exciting new adventure with the Skylanders and the SWAP Force. For generations, the SWAP Force protected the volcano that replenishes Skylands' magic. That is until an epic battle caught them in an eruption that blasted them apart, sent them to Earth and gave them the ability to swap powers. Only you can mix and match their tops and bottoms, put them on the new Portal of Power and help save Skylands.

Starter Pack includes: 1-Video Game, 1 Portal of Power, 3-Skylanders Figures, 1-Character Collector Poster, 3 Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes and 3-Trading Cards.
$74.99 - Rated E for Everyone  

Now onto the actual review of the game! The gameplay as we mentioned before is very similar to the other games but the graphics seems a little bit more updated. They look a lot more crisp which is all for the better in my book. The levels are also a little longer compared to Spryo's Adventures and definitely longer than Giants. A level can actually run you about an hour long so this gives us a lot more time to interact with the game. One thing we noticed about the new Skylanders Swap Force is that the fact that the characters can now jump. It might not be a big thing but having never been able to jump before it makes the game a bit more interesting. 


The new characters are fun but the great thing about Skylanders is that if you already have characters from your old game they also work. That's an added bonus for us since we already had quite a few of them. It is fun collecting them though and the included poster tells you about all the others that you can collect. It is fun swapping the characters as well giving them extra powers that they won't usually have. They're connected magnetically so it's very simple to do. For example the two characters that comes with the Skylanders Swap Force are named Blast Zone and Wash Buckler. Once you combine them they now become Blast Buckler and Wash Zone and now have their own unique moves that wouldn't otherwise be possible. 


There however is no more heroic challenge as there was in Giants. Mikael enjoyed playing the heroic challenges in Giants so was a little disappointed. There however are mini games that he can play that have been introduced in this new version so that makes up for it. There is also no mid-game saves which is something we were hoping to see. We're hoping Activision brings this to their new Skylanders game next year. 

Game is very addicting. You can be playing for hours
Mommy did a video of Mikael playing Skylanders Swap Force showing you how fun and easy it is to play.  


This would surely be great for the little gamers in your life and even the big ones too. Skylanders Swap Force certainly gets everyone in our household Thumbs Up! You can buy your own Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack wherever video games are sold worldwide. You can learn more about the Skylanders through their website and also connect with them via their social pages:



Disclosure: Growing Up Madison receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission for payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."




Annmarie John
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  1. I will have to show this post to my Daughter and see if it is something she would like me to get the kids for Christmas. I am not much into gaming on the computer so good to have someone like you do a review.

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  2. My boy would love these. I'm going to have to show him. I think the gaming combined with the figures would make a good Christmas gift.

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  3. Wow, that looks like a lot of fun! I might look into this for my nephew because I know he LOVES Skylanders! Would make a great Christmas gift for him!

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  4. This is such a cute blog!!!! Go mama!!! I don't play video games, but this was awesome!

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  5. My boys are Skylander OBSESSED!! WE have Skylanders, Skylander Giants and we hope that SANTA brings Swap Force for Christmas! Its a very addictive game!

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  6. My boys have the first set of Skylanders (for the Wii) and they were fun at first -until I had to buy all the guys separately. This is a really expensive venture and if you start, you really need all the guys.

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  7. Now that game looks super fun! I have some children in my life who would love to have those. I have never played it but it sure looks like a good time.

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  8. My son loves his skylanders!! I'd love to see new games come out soon.

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  9. wow those look really nice. i hadn't seen them before and i think my 3.5 year old would be into somethign like these soon!

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  10. I know my friends kids love this game, however I think my kids are too young right now but in a couple of years would love it

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  11. I am not a gamer and all the kids I know who were-no longer are. This does seem, by the looks of your son, to be one that gamers would REALLY enjoy!

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  12. Those look like a lot of fun. You son sure looked to be "in the zone" having 3 boys I know that look.

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  13. This was a neat post. I remember playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Nintendo way back. This game looks fun and I love that put a video in of the game in action. You are right the graphics do look very crisp. Gaming has come a long way. Great post and thank you for sharing.

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  14. I have to admit - I quite fancy giving Skylanders a try it sounds like something I could do without really thinking too much x

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  15. My son is a big fan of the Skylanders video games. I plan to get him at least one for Christmas. I know for sure he does not have this addition so I bet he would like to add it to his collection.

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  16. Great review and very lucky you was sent this i think i would love to play it let alone the kids lol.

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  17. This sounds like such a fun game! I'm sure my girls would love to play, heck I may even join the kids! Thanks!

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  18. My son is a big skylanders fan and he is asking for anything skylanders for the holidays.

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  19. I'm not familiar with this game, but it looks like fun. I'm glad Mikael finally got somethingthat was more for him.

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  20. My kids enjoy playing Skylanders. These games are a lot of fun even though my teenager really, really wants to play Call of Duty.

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  21. Cool! I like that they come with action figures! Then not so much time in front of the TV - they can use both their virtual and actual imaginations!

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  22. My sons love Skylanders. Their action figures are so much fun to play with and the video games are even more awesome. They could spend hours playing with both.

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  23. Sounds like a great game for kids! Really fun to do!

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  24. I remember when those launched a couple years ago and they've only become more popular, haven't they? They sure have kids figured out with this series of games/toys!

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  25. Wow, this is something new to me. I need to check this game!


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  26. My son is completely obsessed with this game. He loves it.

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  27. Thanks for the great review. I don't do video games so this helps when searching around for computer game ideas for family members. Sounds like something that is easy to play and fun.

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  28. I've heard a lot of things about these Skylanders. Plus I see them all the time when we go to Walmart. Looks like a pretty interesting game!

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  29. My younger son loves Skylanders. This looks like such a fun game. I love how you can change the bottoms too.

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  30. Now I found something for my son...thanks for sharing; I know he will LOVE it.... What a great review...

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  31. My lil brother loves Skylanders. He has the other two as well and have been asking for this for Christmas. Love the review. Will have to surprise him. Looks like your son is really into it too.

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