Critics: Swap Force is the best Skylanders yet

A Skylanders-SWAP-Forcesimple twist is having a big impact on Skylanders.

Swap Force, the latest installment in Activision’s enormously successful toy/game hybrid, is the franchise’s highest-rated game to date, charming even critics who normally scoff at family-friendly titles.

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Skylanders: Swap Force kicks off video game toy war

Even Skylanders-SWAP-Forcebefore the first Skylanders game hit shelves in 2011, the team at Activision was bracing for competition.

The concept — marry action figures with video games — was largely untested, and while the company bean counters were cautiously optimistic about the prospects for such a hybrid, there were no guarantees. But the developers had already started a countdown.

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Activision expands the Skylanders with ‘Swap Force’

Given skylanders-swap-force-top630how phenomenally successful the Skylanders franchise has been for Activision, it was just a matter of time before the company accelerated its expansion.

Last year’s Skylanders Giants supersized the “toys meet video games” figurines. This year, you’ll be able to mix and match their components.

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