Skylanders Imaginators

Skylanders Imaginators is the sixth game in the Skylanders series. This game is created by Toys For Bob who also created the other versions as well.

This installment of the series has been released on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the first game that hasn’t been released on the Wii.

Story
The game itself is pretty straight forward, instead of Flynn being the lead role in this game, you now have to do it with the Skylanders itself. The Skylanders you will help you through this story are the main Skylanders from the Netflix’s Skylanders Academy series.

It’s something to get used to, because seeing Spyro helping you out, while playing as Spyro can be a little confusing.

That being said, the story itself is actually pretty short and not so surprising. You have to stop Kaos and his imaginators while visiting multiple locations. There are some funny jokes in the game, but don’t expect to be blown away by the awesomeness of this story.

New, but old Skylanders
The game itself introduces the Sensai Skylanders. There are the Skylanders figures with the pretty large base. These are completely new figures but also include some of the bad guys from Skylanders Trap Team (See wolfgang in the picture below).

The normal starter pack includes 2 sensai Skylanders and 1 creation crystal. There are some other starter packs as well that can include more or special figures. So does the Crash Bandicoot starter pack include the Crash Bandicoot and Neo Cortex Skylander figures. There were only for PS4 at laucnh, but now can be bought seperate and I think you can play them on all consoles now, not 100% sure about that though.

Creation Crystal
With the creation crystal you are able to create your own Skylander. Parts to create your Skylander can be received by opening chests and playing the story mode. At the end of every level you are granted some items.

One crystal can create a Skylander of the following battle classes. Be careful, because you can’t change the battle class after picking one.

Some say that the options are limited, but I think Toys For Bob did a really good job with this “create your own Skylander” function. There is enough to choose at and the combinations of the catchphrase can be very funny. Mine was “Be afraid of the bananas”.

Is it worth the money?
This is always a hard question. Skylanders Imaginators can be very expensive. If you want every battle class you need to buy a few creation crystals which have the price of 10€ per piece here.

The starter pack is enough to complete the game and if you’re not new to the series you probably have some Skylanders left from the older installments which you can use in this game as well. So it’s not needed to spend all your money on new toys, unless you want to complete the game 100% and get all the achievements. Yes you need to buy 3 more sensai Skylanders to complete the achievement to level a sensai Skylander to level 20.

JosWeb Score (0/100):
80/100
Eventhough the story wasn’t the best I had a amazing time playing the Skylanders Imaginators game. The jokes were fun, they added some cool new Skylanders to the game and not playing aside Flynn, but other Skylanders was surprising as well.

I didn’t buy any other Imaginators Skylanders, and completed the game only with the Crash Bandicoot starter pack for the PS4. I completed the story, but still have stuff to do in the game.

Comparing this with the older versions, this could be my favorite installment so far. Way better than the Superchargers one.

I would recommend picking this up, if you want to play it and you like collecting toys and putting them on a base everytime you want to play as one. If you want to pick it up, but the price is too much, just wait for next year. Skylanders games go down in price alot if you wait a year.
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The Shallows

This is my first movie review, so I can maybe a little bit rusty about not knowing if it’s ok to spoil some things or not, but let give The Shallows a go.

The kid
The movies starts with a shot of a helmet with a Go Pro camera attached to it wash ashore and a kid finding the helmet. You would think that this is a very important part of the movie, or atleast it has something to do with the story. Sadly this wasn’t the case. More on that later.

Slow start
The movie starts of slow. Well atleast it does for people who are expectation a thriller. In the first part of the movie we learn a little bit about Nancy (played by Blake Lively, known from movies like The Town). She has lost her mom to cancer. Leaving her, with her father and sister. She dropped out of medical school, because she lost faith in it after losing her mother. She clearly states that not everyone can be saved.

Beach we still don’t have a name…
She decides to find the beach her mother came when she was pregnant to surf. Her little sister is also a surfer, but she decided to go with a friend instead. The friend sadly didn’t make it, so she went to surf all by herself. This is where she met 2 other surfers and after a day of surfing this kind of goes wrong.

After finding a dead whale she encounters a shark. The shark bites her leaving a big wound in the girls left leg. She luckily has a medical background so she can go full MacGyver and stitch herself with only using her jewelry. The didn’t back out on showing this stuff on the big screen and the only thing that was more terrifying than the image of blood and a girl screaming of pain on the big screen was the face of the person sitting next to me when the movies showed this scene.

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Jaws
After regaining some strength on a little rock in the middle of the ocean she sees a man lying face down on the beach. She tries to get his attention which she eventually gets. Sadly for the man he tries to steal her stuff and gets killed by the shark when he tried to steal her surfboard.

The next day the two other surfers went back to the beach and find the girl on the rock. Sadly before getting there they both get killed by the shark. Nancy uses the Go Pro camera of the just killed surfer to ask for help, or alteast make a good bye video for her family.

The end
After making the video Nancy tries to make it to the water buoy after figuring out the sharks routine. There she has a big battle against the shark which gave the shark a very weird death.

She tries to make it back to the beach, but sadly doesn’t have the energy anymore. The little boy who found the camera (see begin of the review) got some help who only takes her from the ocean back on the beach where Nancy herself wakes up.

Redict
The movie had a very interesting idea, but sadly didn’t deliver. The movie was long with some unneeded moments. Don’t get me started of her relationship with a seagull.

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The acting was very good. I would love to see Blake Lively in future movies. Sadly if the story and the rest of the movie don’t appeal a good actor can’t make the movie awesome.

I give this movie a 2 star out of 5 rating. It was enjoyable, but it didn’t deliver for me. The deaths were not really needed, but I had the feeling that the creators wanted to show that the shark was a killer. The entire Go Pro camera idea could have been better which took like 5-10 minutes of the movie.

2 star

Auralux

Auralux: Constellations is a game inspired by the populair Planet Wars game. The game is developed and published by War Drum Studios. The player has a planet that generates fleets to conquer or defend other planets.

Controller support
The thing that War Drum Studios has done right is to make use of the Steam SDK and it’s features. Many other planet wars inspired games on Steam don’t have these functions. This way Auralux: Constellations makes a better impression to Steam users than those other games.

The game supports even controller support and ever testing it with a Xbox One controller I have to say that the controls work really good in this game.

To infinity and beyond…
The game has alot of levels to play. The levels go from easy to hard and can be very difficult at some time. I had to redo a couple of levels because I picked the wrong strategy. Sometimes it’s better to conquer a few small planets instead of 1 big one.

The levels really look good and are really fun.

Another Planet Wars game?
Like I already written above, the game does a very good job in integrating all the Steam SDK features, but there is one more other feature in the game that does make this planet wars better in my opinion. I never have seen the option to upgrade the planets during a match in any Planet Wars game. This brings an entire new strategy to the game. So it’s better to take out an upgraded planet and use it to create more fleets for yourself.

The game also features a few new mechanics like worm holes to transfer your fleet to other planets quickly. Also it can be possible that planets move. All these mechanics add another difficulty. But these mechanics make this Planet Wars inspired game so special.

JosWeb Score (0/100):
70/100
Auralux: Constellations is another Planet Wars inspired game, but this time the developers really made the best Planet Wars inspired game I have seen in a very long time. Making use of the Steam SDK and it’s features always gets a plus in my book. But the visuals and the strategies needed to complete a level make this game challenging and pretty to look at.

I would recommend buying this game if you like strategy games and want to play a Planet Wars inspired game.

Links:
Auralux: Constellations on Steam
Auralux: Constellations official website
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Plantera

Plantera is a click and relax kind of game. The player plants trees, bushes, garden to grow fruit or vegetables. You can “sell” these fruit and vegatables by clicking on it or wait till a collector picks it up. With that money you can buy more stuff.

The relaxing part
The collectors continue when you close the game if you bought the time upgrade. They will keep collecting till the time is over. The time resets every time you close the game. This feature is the same as the “manager” feature in Adventure Capitalist, but limited.

Nature
The game looks ok and the music is quite relaxing as well. The game has very playfull graphics and the animals look adorable.

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Loot Hero
Sometimes the Loot Hero appears. The special thing about this hero is that when you click him you make money. The amount of this will increase over time. I have no idea how to make him spawn, but I do know you need to be active. You can’t let the game run on the background.

Worth the money?
There isn’t much more to say about this game. The game is just a clicker game and I don’t know if it’s worth the full recommend price. I had fun playing the game, but for 3€ you can grab some other cool games when on sale and play Adventure Capitalist as a relaxing clicker game.

My thoughts
Plantera is a fun and relaxing game. You can have some fun with this game and it’s not a difficult game to complete 100%. The game is only 3€, but I wouldn’t buy the game myself for this price. The game is worth checking out and when it’s on sale I kinda recommend getting the game if you like clicker and relax kind of games.

Links
Plantera on Steam
Plantera Official Website