What is this game?

Embark on an exciting new adventure with the Skylanders and the SWAP Force. For generations, the SWAP Force protected the volcano that replenishes Skylands’ magic. That is until an epic battle caught them in an eruption that blasted them apart, sent them to Earth and gave them the ability to swap powers. Only you can mix and match their tops and bottoms, put them on the new Portal of Power™ and save Skylands.

What did I contribute?

As part of a collaboration between the two studios developing Skylanders I helped out the studio I was not currently working at as they were shorthanded.  I worked on the Final Boss Battle and the short level preceding it.  This level was a series of arenas, contained the final fight with the mother of Kaos, and featured the mightiest and scariest Greeble “Bubba Greebs”.

One of the more novel designs I created featured a 4th wall breaking mechanic where the characters in-game required a real world action on the part of the player in order to beat the final boss.  At no other time in the history of the franchise has a mechanic been used that required users to take action outside the context of the screen.

Other Info

Publisher:   Activision
Vicarious Visions
PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360/Switch/Wii U
Genre:   Toys-to-life action 3D platformer
Model:   Traditional purchase, Toy DLC
Modes:   Campaign, Co-op Campaign
Team Size:   ~ 120
Dev Cycle:   ~ 2 years

Released:   2013