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Activision will introduce and all-new game genre which can take real-life toys and teleport them inside a video game.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is an action/adventure/puzzle game which transports players to an imaginative new world.

Players can collect the character toys and immediately place them inside the game via a “Portal of Power” which serves as the gateway between the real world and the virtual world.


Tech Guide got a sneak preview of the game which will appeal to eager young computer gamers.

There will be more than 30 characters to collect and each has its own distinct look, abilities and strengths.

A scene from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure with character Trigger Happy

Each figure has a built-in memory which can remember the customisable and upgradeable skills the players has built up during the game.

Players can even take their toy to a friend’s house, place the figure on their Portal of Power and play the game with their favourite character which still retains all of its abilities for co-op play or head to head arena battles.

Skylanders is a child-friendly adventure which will not only appeal to their love of computer games but also to their love of toys and collecting.

The collectible range of toys can all be used in the game with each offering an entirely new experience so no two games will play out the same.

Even when players have the same character there can still be quite a difference as each may have chosen to upgrade and customise their character in different ways.

Skylander character Ignitor on the Portal of PowerEach figure is classified by element types – earth, air, water, fire, life, magic, undead and tech – and can unlock their own heroic challenges and access parts of the maps designed for that particular character’s type.

The story of Skylanders was written by Academy Award-nominated Toy Story writers Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow so players can look forward to an exciting adventure which will see them battle mystical creatures and collect treasures.

The game will be available on Wii and other consoles. It is believed players will be able to use their character to play the game on any platform thanks to its built-in memory chip.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure will be released in the second half of 2011.