|ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.|
|PAUSE: Know your child; some content|
may not be right for some kids.
|OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.|
|NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids any age.|
Parents need to know Skylanders: Swap Force is an action/adventure game for kids but one that could prove quite costly. Play involves a lot of cartoonish battles involving magic, brawling, and lots of weird-looking non-human creatures. The fighting is nearly constant but mild enough for the game's target demographic. More concerning is the amount of money kids and parents may spend as they collect associated toys that can be transported into the game via an included "portal" platform. Returning Skylanders fans can use all their existing figures, but they'll be encouraged to purchase the new, cleverly designed Swap Force figures, whose tops and bottoms can be separated and swapped with one another. At least eight of these $15 figures are required to open all the locked areas players encounter in the game.
Kids can learn about strategic reasoning, puzzle solving, and the hobby of collecting in this hand-held action/adventure game. Players can devise and revise tactics as they go up against different kinds of enemies, and they'll occasionally encounter very simple puzzles, such as tilting gravity-based mazes, that will force them to use logic. They'll also find themselves building a collection of toys, learning to prioritize purchases in the process. Skylanders: Swap Force for 3DS doesn't have as much learning potential as the version for consoles, but it will keep kids' minds active.
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