The Skylanders series features a unique take on ‘DLC.’ Rather than simply downloading new characters and levels, gamers can purchase them in toy form and utilize them through the use of a battery-operated or USB-powered Portal accessory. You can pick up a Skylander for between $8-$10 and the starter packs are bundled with three already. The Adventure Packs will cost you about $20 and contain an exclusive Skylander, additional level, and a couple of item figures. If you’re trying to make some decisions on who to invest in for Skylanders: Swap Force, you need look no further.
Skylanders is a massively popular series that is determined to sit alongside Pokemon and… Well, to be realistic, Pokemon is pretty much the lone ruler of its ‘Gotta Catch’em All’ kingdom. Digimon, Monster Rancher, and numerous other pretenders have all fallen by the wayside, but Skylanders is an excellent alternative.
If you find yourself unsure of who to invest in, look no further. This time we’ll be taking a look at a Tech Skylander. Is Sprocket a top of the line or outdated?
If there’s one new Skylander that seems to constantly warm shelves, its Sprocket. Unfortunately, brainy women simply don’t get much respect or interest from gamers. If a female character isn’t unapologetically hot, silly, or cute- she usually struggles to find an audience. Just what, besides being a mechanical genius, turns people off of Sprocket?
The Sprocket figure itself could have used a little polish. She has a somewhat dull look to her and the way she holds her giant wrench over her head looks more than a little silly. It might have helped her figure’s appeal if Activision let gamers see her admittedly striking glowing gaze under the stuffy goggles. Getting past the aesthetic issues, Sprocket is an excellent champion with a very unique fighting style.
Besides wielding her giant wrench as a melee weapon, she can also build turrets, tanks, and toss out landmines. She’s a very technical character and proves invaluable during endurance runs. Most gamers will never learn this for superficial reasons. Many male gamers pass on her for being a girl, while just as many female gamers pass on her for being an unattractive girl. If you’re also interested in Sonic Boom and Stump Smash, snatch up all three in their triple pack.
While excellent on home consoles, Sprocket doesn’t perform particularly well on the portable side of things- especially struggling at platforming sections. Her arsenal of gadgets simply doesn’t impress on the 3DS, but you could do much worse if you’re in need of a Tech Skylander in the portable games. Feel free to ignore Boomer and Bouncer entirely if Sprocket happens to be an option for you. This mechanical genius is even more deadly if you make sure to send her down the Gear-head upgrade path.
It is unfortunate many gamers took one look at Sprocket’s geeky image and immediately reached for Cynder or Crusher- refusing to give her a chance. She’s a great asset as long as you’re not playing a portable title and she brings some intriguing new abilities to the Skylanders table. On a final note, if you’re willing to give her a chance, throw any of the Pirate themed hats on her and team her up with Countdown or Tree Rex.