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ok has any kind person got 10 mins to tell me on here ( or I am even prepared to call them if preferred) to explain the skylanders thing to me - my son wants this and something to play minecraft on fo… Read More
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
ok has any kind person got 10 mins to tell me on here ( or I am even prepared to call them if preferred) to explain the skylanders thing to me - my son wants this and something to play minecraft on for xmas (as apparently this will enable him to do different things in minecraft to playing it on the ipad?) and i am totally confused as there seem to be different skylanders games (all independent?) and platforms to play it on and I have no idea about the difference between the games and the platforms - I have looked on line but found no understandable answer to this.

What are the differences between the 3 Skylanders games?
do the same characters work on each?
does it make a difference what platform they are played on and is one better than the others?
Is there really a difference between the minecraft he can okay on ipad and hat he can play on another platform and if so what is it please?

Thanks very much. Happy to call if reply takes too long to write - getting desperate as to what to buy!
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2y, 6m agoPosted 2 years, 6 months ago
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My knowledge of these things stopped about here...

http://www.fraserking.co.uk/spectrum/screenshots/Chuckie_Egg.png

Sorry!
#2
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)
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Skylanders... Theres now 4 versions:

Spyros Adventure
Giants
Swap Force
Trap Team

The older characters work on the newer games, but the new characters from the new games dont work on older versions. The list above is the order the games were released, so the figures from spyros adventure work on all the ones below it in the list, but it doesnt work the other way. I would recommend trap team as the characters are easier to come by, though the older versions and characters are cheaper.

Minecraft - your game will be platform specific, ie, play on tablet and you wont then be able to pick up where you left on the xbox etc. I would recommend either console / pc edition over tablet, though both are fairly cheap now. Tablet edition is a fiver i believe, console version can be picked up from £10-£15. I find the console easier to navigate than the tablet edition, as do my kids.

Hope that helps, if you need any more just ask.
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MandieC
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)

Does anyone else know if Minecraft is better on the PC? And why? We have one of those (not laptop) so if I don't have to buy an xbox or whatever else Minecraft is better on then I won't get one.
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fairy
MandieC
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)

Does anyone else know if Minecraft is better on the PC? And why? We have one of those (not laptop) so if I don't have to buy an xbox or whatever else Minecraft is better on then I won't get one.

It is apparently. There are less limitations, not that there are many on the console, and its far more customisable, appearance, game settings etc. If hes comfortable playing games on the pc/laptop then go for it.
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I don't know why someone would comment just to say they don't know. Beyond me.

Does your son have a console already? If so, which one? Skylanders and Minecraft can be played on most platforms.

So, there are 4 different Skylanders games. If you have the latest game, all previous characters are compatible with the new game, but the new characters are not compatible with the old game. The latest game is Trap Team which can be bought from Amazon for almost any platform you can think of - Amazon Link for Trap Team. If he has a Wii U, buy the Wii U version. If he has an Xbox 360, buy the Xbox 360 version. It doesn't really matter which version as long as it will work with his console. So, to clarify, if you buy the Skylanders Trap Team game, all previous characters should be compatible. For help on this, try here: Skylanders Parents section.

With regards to minecraft, this can be bought for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4. Again, I would recommend buying it for the console he has. If he has a Nintendo console, he won't be able to play it on there. Check the Amazon Minecraft Listing for buying options. There won't be too much difference between the tablet and console version but it will be easier to play as he can use a controller for it.

Hope this helps!
#7
If you have a ipad you can play the latest skylander game on there, trap team. The tablet edition comes with a controller so you don't have to use the touch screen. All the toys from the previous games work on it too. The graphics are about the same as a ps3/360
#8
Oh... To answer a couple of other skylanders questions...

All characters are compatible with all consoles, on the right version of the games (as per my response above).

No console is really better than the other, each have their advantages but for a game like skylanders they are pretty much on a par.
#9
fairy
MandieC
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)

Does anyone else know if Minecraft is better on the PC? And why? We have one of those (not laptop) so if I don't have to buy an xbox or whatever else Minecraft is better on then I won't get one.

Unless your son is a bit older and knows what he's doing with a PC, he won't reap any of the benefits from playing Minecraft on a PC.
#10
smizzlopi
fairy
MandieC
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)

Does anyone else know if Minecraft is better on the PC? And why? We have one of those (not laptop) so if I don't have to buy an xbox or whatever else Minecraft is better on then I won't get one.

Unless your son is a bit older and knows what he's doing with a PC, he won't reap any of the benefits from playing Minecraft on a PC.

Agreed. More customisable on PC, but its a bit of a learning curve.
banned#11
Get him Minecraft on pc, He will benefit more from that.
banned#12
smizzlopi
fairy
MandieC
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)

Does anyone else know if Minecraft is better on the PC? And why? We have one of those (not laptop) so if I don't have to buy an xbox or whatever else Minecraft is better on then I won't get one.

Unless your son is a bit older and knows what he's doing with a PC, he won't reap any of the benefits from playing Minecraft on a PC.

I think it's a good way for kids to learn on pc, Especially adding mods to the game. Excellent learning for kids
#13
Mickey blue that is great - thanks.Apologies if this thread moves on while I am forming mu questions but I am finding this mind blowing! Should say we only have a wii here so no other platforms so I am trying to work out if need one and if so which one.

Do Skylander games work on all different consoles? ie can buy the game for xbox , ps4 etc and if so what is the better platform. Again like minecraft is it platform specific so you need to stick with the one platform you play it on?

Is trap team a better or just different game to the earlier ones? If so would it be best to buy this one and just hunt for cheaper older characters as I don't want this to turn into a £600+ gift or just start off with the older games.
If there anywhere to look to work out which characters work with which game?
Does anyone here have a favourite skylanders game out of the 4?

Ok - really thick here but if minecraft is just one game why is it better on some things rather than others? My son watches a lot of minecraft games being played on you tube and he said they play different things he has not got access to on ipad - can anyone please explain what he thinks he s missing out on (apart from the swearing on those videos!!!)?

Is the pc edition better than the console?

Thanks so much everyone.
#14
miikeyblue
fairy
MandieC
OK Skylanders I pass on as my son past that stage a few years ago...

My 14 year old son says exactly the same about MInecraft. He actually wants a laptop this year as Minecraft is 'better' on pc. He already has it on ps3 and Xbox but says the PC version is no comparison...Sorry I cannot be of more help but at least you know you are not on your own ;-)

Does anyone else know if Minecraft is better on the PC? And why? We have one of those (not laptop) so if I don't have to buy an xbox or whatever else Minecraft is better on then I won't get one.

It is apparently. There are less limitations, not that there are many on the console, and its far more customisable, appearance, game settings etc. If hes comfortable playing games on the pc/laptop then go for it.

Don't know as he has not done so - he is only 7 so thinking console easier ( though have nothing to base that on) but don't want to buy one if he does not need it - suspect it will depend on where we come out on skylanders.
#15
fairy
Mickey blue that is great - thanks.Apologies if this thread moves on while I am forming mu questions but I am finding this mind blowing! Should say we only have a wii here so no other platforms so I am trying to work out if need one and if so which one.

Do Skylander games work on all different consoles? ie can buy the game for xbox , ps4 etc and if so what is the better platform. Again like minecraft is it platform specific so you need to stick with the one platform you play it on?

Is trap team a better or just different game to the earlier ones? If so would it be best to buy this one and just hunt for cheaper older characters as I don't want this to turn into a £600+ gift or just start off with the older games.
If there anywhere to look to work out which characters work with which game?
Does anyone here have a favourite skylanders game out of the 4?

Ok - really thick here but if minecraft is just one game why is it better on some things rather than others? My son watches a lot of minecraft games being played on you tube and he said they play different things he has not got access to on ipad - can anyone please explain what he thinks he s missing out on (apart from the swearing on those videos!!!)?

Is the pc edition better than the console?

Thanks so much everyone.

You would need the specific version for the console you have. The boxes make it pretty obvious though. You cant buy one copy and use it on all platforms.

Trap Team is probably a little more expensive in the long run. With the others, you simply need characters, with trap team you need the traps too.

Each character has an element assigned to it (i think there are 8 - fire, water, air, tech, earth, undead are the ones i can remember). You will need at least one character of each element to really unlock all areas of the game, and the same with the traps in trap team.

Giants also needs giant figures... I never really got into swap force so not entirely sure of the requirements on that one.

When ours were really into it, we used to buy them figures as rewards for good behaviour, good school reports, helping around the house etc. You can buy the figures and traps as you go along, you dont need them all from the start.

For a 7yr old, i would recommend a console personally, though as sean says above, the pc is a great learning opportunity, though it would need a fair bit of supervision and research on your part.
#16
You can pick up preowned figures for all versions fairly cheaply from ebay, cex, game and even the for sale section on this site.

Edited By: miikeyblue on Dec 03, 2014 10:25
#17
RiTSo
My knowledge of these things stopped about here...

http://www.fraserking.co.uk/spectrum/screenshots/Chuckie_Egg.png

Sorry!


I loved Manic Miner ;)

Edited By: dontasciime on Dec 03, 2014 10:28
#18
fairy
Mickey blue that is great - thanks.Apologies if this thread moves on while I am forming mu questions but I am finding this mind blowing! Should say we only have a wii here so no other platforms so I am trying to work out if need one and if so which one.

Do Skylander games work on all different consoles? ie can buy the game for xbox , ps4 etc and if so what is the better platform. Again like minecraft is it platform specific so you need to stick with the one platform you play it on?

Is trap team a better or just different game to the earlier ones? If so would it be best to buy this one and just hunt for cheaper older characters as I don't want this to turn into a £600+ gift or just start off with the older games.
If there anywhere to look to work out which characters work with which game?
Does anyone here have a favourite skylanders game out of the 4?

Ok - really thick here but if minecraft is just one game why is it better on some things rather than others? My son watches a lot of minecraft games being played on you tube and he said they play different things he has not got access to on ipad - can anyone please explain what he thinks he s missing out on (apart from the swearing on those videos!!!)?

Is the pc edition better than the console?

Thanks so much everyone.

The iPad version is limited and you can't do no where near as much stuff on it as what you can do on a PC ps or xbox. I think there aren't as many blocks on iPad , I'm not certain on specifics, but I know my younger brother says how rubbish the iPad version is to the PC cuz you can't do this and it doesn't have that ( I can't remember what exactly ) X)
My brother says it is best on PC than the consoles but I have no idea why, I just no the iPad version is very limited ( I have it on my iPad ) X)
I personally would get him the console that his friends have , if you can find out what they have.
#19
ok if I go for skylander and minecraft which of these should I get? Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 - think the ps3 is blu ray? Does it matter on memory size for the purposes I want this for? Thanks.
#20
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/roll-your-own-skylanders-giants-bundle-ps3-including-game-20-figures-3-giant-figures-2070845


Awesome deal here for Giants and like mention these figures will work on newer versions too. if your son has a PS3 or XBOX 360.

alos as for minecraft..

the PC version was by far the best, But the next console update will bring it on par with PC so the console versions will be just as good.


Your choice is PS3 or XBOX 360, my choice for a child would be XBOX as i bet most of his mates will have one too, and if he wants to play online with them then get what his friends have, and minecraft is 50% about online.

aldo online is about £30.00 a year for xbox live gold, its free on PS3.


Edited By: haritori on Dec 03, 2014 12:40
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fairy
ok if I go for skylander and minecraft which of these should I get? Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 - think the ps3 is blu ray? Does it matter on memory size for the purposes I want this for? Thanks.

Buy it on xbox 360 / ps3 and the shelf life of the console will probably be a bit limited, it will be a while yet but eventually the decent games will stop being released and you will need to upgrade to the xbox one / ps4. At the end of the day, you don't buy a console for just the one or two games you like at the time, there will be future releases of skylanders he may want too, and loads of other games too.

My advice would be that if you can stretch to buying one of the new consoles, it wouldn't be a bad idea.

Edited By: miikeyblue on Dec 03, 2014 16:08: .

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