Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
The plot of the game is to take down the evil Portal Master Kaos. Kaos has returned to Skylands, hoping to take it over and destroy all the Skylanders. His first appearance in the game is as a giant floating head, which is a hologram portrayed by his floating fortress. Glumshanks, his assistant, is also shown during this time.
He attacks Eon, Spyro, Trigger Happy, Gill Grunt, Terrafin, and many other Skylanders, although only those four are shown. Eon is defeated and killed, but returns in a spirit form (more specifically as a floating head, albeit not a giant one). Kaos has his Hydra destroy the Core of Light, the only thing keeping The Darkness at bay. After it is destroyed, Eon’s Citadel becomes known as the Ruins, and is the central hub for the Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure game.
Eon explains that he knew he was growing old and becoming too weak to keep Kaos at bay, and gives the player the status of Portal Master, telling he/she that they must send Skylanders back to Skylands by putting them on the Portal of Power. He says that he can offer advice, but that’s all. But he also tells the player that he/she is not alone, and Flynn and Hugo are introduced.
Flynn is a pilot that takes the Skylander to the first few levels. Other non-playable characters send the Skylander to other levels. In the third chapter, Cali is rescued. She offers the Skylander Heroic Challenges back at the Ruins.
The story is all about finding each of the Elemental Sources to fix the Core of Light, these sources being the Eternal Air Source, Eternal Earth Source, Eternal Life Source, Eternal Undead Source, Eternal Fire Source, Eternal Water Source, Eternal Magic Source, and the Eternal Tech Source.
There is usually a character to represent each of the Sources. Arbo represents the Eternal Life Source, General Robot represents the Eternal Tech Source, etcetera, etcetera. When the player finds all of the Sources, they have one last Boss Battle with Kaos and his Hydra, a creature with four heads.
Each Skylander, when put on the Portal of Power, will either say a catchphrase of theirs, or make a noise. Half of the characters have a gibberish language, while the other half has a catchphrase (such as Spyro’s, which is ‘All Fired Up’).
The Skylanders are usually very well detailed, and each has a different personality and backstory, as well as their own Element, and attacks.
There are 32 different Skylanders in Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, four in every Element. As well, there are several Chase Figures, or special characters that either have different stats, different in-game/figure coloring, or both, or are a mistake.
Mistakes in Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure were only packaging defects, such as a character being packaged in a box that depicts a different Skylander (say, you have a box that has a Cynder figurine inside, but the box has a Drobot graphic on it).
Most of the characters only appeared different on their figurine, but in-game, wording above the character’s name when placed on the Portal of Power will usually say ‘Special.’
Levels in the Story Mode are usually about 5-20 minutes long, and the game will not completely save your progress until the level is completed. There are a total of 24 levels the game comes with, along with 4 more levels that can be bought. These are known as ‘Adventure Packs’, and they consist of Dragon’s Peak, Pirate Seas, Darklight Crypt, and Empire of Ice. Each comes with two or three Magic Items, a specific Skylander, and a figurine which holds the information for the level.
The game itself is a platformer/dungeon crawler, meaning the characters do not have the ability to jump, and the levels are completely navigable, only rocks, trees, and other miscellaneous items blocking the character from getting to background areas.
In each level, there is one Soul Gem, three Treasure Chests, a Winged Sapphire, and other collectibles. Anytime during the game, the player can press the start button on their device and check their collections. The items are usually well hidden.
A Skylander can usually be switched at any time, the only exceptions being during enter/exit of a room, the middle of certain cutscenes, and when the game says the Skylander cannot be changed (such as in Heroic Challenges).
To sum everything up, levels are usually very obvious and not very tricky, but can take time to beat.
 Heroic Challenges
Heroic Challenges are challenges that are unlocked as the player gathers more Skylanders. Every Skylander has their heroic challenge, but any Skylander can try to beat it. Heroic Challenges are the only way to raise statistics of a Skylander, but cannot raise Hit Point value (only leveling can do that, and that is done by gathering experience from defeating enemies).
This means there is a total of 32 Heroic Challenges, and in order to max out a Skylanders statistics, they must beat every one of the challenges and be leveled up to Level 10, a Skylander’s max level.
 Regular Figures
Figures were sold at all stores that have an Electronics section, and were sold at prices equivalent to ten or nine American dollars.
Spyro, Trigger Happy, and Gill Grunt were only available in the Starter Pack, while others were given out in Three Packs, Single Packs, or Adventure Packs.
Below is a complete list of all Skylanders given a regular figure:
- Spyro (Starter Pack only)
- Wrecking Ball
- Double Trouble
- Trigger Happy (Starter Pack only)
- Drill Sergeant
- Sonic Boom
- Lightning Rod
- Prism Break
- Terrafin (Adventure Pack exclusive—Pirate Seas)
- Sunburn (Adventure Pack exclusive—Dragon’s Peak)
- Gill Grunt (Starter Pack only)
- Slam-Bam (Adventure Pack exclusive—Empire of Ice)
- Stealth Elf
- Stump Smash
- Ghost Roaster (Adventure Pack exclusive—Darklight Crypt)
- Chop Chop
 Chase Figures
Several Skylanders, to promote them, were given special chase figures. These figures were different from their average counterpart, either having different statistics in game, a different appearance, or were a Toy Fair exclusive.
Below is a list of all chase figures:
- Blue Bash (Toys R Us exclusive)
- Clear Cynder (Gamestop Bundle exclusive)
- Clear Stealth Elf (Gamestop Bundle exclusive)
- Clear Wham-Shell (Gamestop Bundle exclusive)
- Chrome Silver Spyro (Toy Fair exclusive)
- Dark Spyro (3DS Starter Pack exclusive)
- Flocked Stump Smash (Frito Lay promotional figure—only 7,334 made)
- Glow In The Dark Wrecking Ball (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Glow In The Dark Zap (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Glow In The Dark Warnado (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Golden Chop Chop (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Golden Drill Sergeant (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Golden Flameslinger (S1) (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Green Gill Grunt (Only available in the Xbox 360 Glossy White bundle with Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure)
- Legendary Bash (Toys R Us exclusive)
- Legendary Spyro (Toys R Us exclusive)
- Legendary Trigger Happy (Toys R Us exclusive)
- Legendary Slam-Bam (Toys R Us exclusive)
- Metallic Purple Cynder (Toy Fair exclusive)
- Pearl Hex (Nuremburg 2012 Toy Fair exclusive)
- Red Armoured Drill Sergeant (Wal-Mart exclusive)
- Sidekick Gill Runt (Toy Fair exclusive)
- Sidekick Terra Bite (Toy Fair exclusive)
- Sidekick Whisper Elf (Toy Fair exclusive)
- Sidekick Trigger Snappy (Toy Fair exclusive)
- Silver Boomer (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Silver Dino-Rang (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
- Silver Eruptor (Randomly inserted into the regular characters’ boxes)
As you can see, there are many of these figures, but none are easy to come by.
 In-Game Differences
In Spyro’s Adventure, only Legendary Skylander figures appeared different in-game. The rest appeared the same as their average figure in game.
 Co-Operative Level Play
Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure has two modes of multiplayer, a competitive mode for battling Skylanders against each other and cooperative multiplayer, such as completing chapters together.
The 3DS version of the game is different than the consoles’ version.
 Xbox 360
The most commonly bought pack is the Xbox 360 Starter Pack, and all are sold out as of now. On Ebay and Amazon, it is the most expensive. Its storyline is different from the 3DS version, but is the same as the Wii’s, PlayStation 3’s, and PC’s.
It has the same storyline as all the others except the 3DS. It is controlled by physically moving around the Wii remote, and is considered often uncomfortable due to this.
 PlayStation 3
The PlayStation 3 version is the same as the rest except the 3DS. Its similarity to the Xbox console made it the second best-selling Starter Pack.
The PC version is actually not the actual game itself, but is a spin-off cooperative play known as ‘’Spyro’s Universe’’.