While many gamers would have you believe that originality is dead- Activision would like to disagree. Skylander’s Giants represents a brand new take on how gamers play RPGs and purchase additional content. Rather than tying the hands of gamers to intangible data in the form of DLC, the Skylanders franchise entices gamers with physical, in-game purchases in the form of figures and accessories. The series launched on multiple platforms (Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, PS3) to massive success.
You can pick up a Skylander for between $8-$10 and the starter packs are bundled with three already. The only question now for happy buyers is… who should you buy next? Look no further if you’re trying to decide what Skylanders warrant an investment! If you find yourself unsure of who to invest in, look no further. This time we’ll be taking a look at an Undead Skylander. Does Cynder impress the way she did in Spyro’s previous trilogy?
Not many familiar faces from the previous Spyro canon were allowed to carry over to Skylanders. The list of revived characters totals three- Spyro the dragon, Sparx the dragonfly, and Cynder the dragoness. While Sparx is relegated to being a support item, Cynder and Spyro are fully playable in Skylanders Giants. Did Activision and Toys For Bob make the right decision carrying over Spyro’s lover?
During the previous trilogy, Cynder saw a great deal of character development that cemented her as a fan-favorite. In the span of three games Cynder went from being an antagonist, to an anti-hero, before finally shining as a full-fledged protagonist alongside her mate, Spyro. Many gamers were equally surprised and excited to see her as a playable Skylander.
Cynder doesn’t look like much beyond being a mischievous dragoness with a bewitching indigo color scheme. It’s shocking to discover that she vies for the top Undead spot with Fright Rider- followed by Hex at a distant third. If you don’t mind a more pricey investment, you can purchase the Skylanders Starter Pack to attain Cynder, Tree Rex, and Jet-Vac.
In the Nintendo 3DS version Cynder’s battle skills are a little less apparent, but her platforming abilities are top notch. She can float and dash expertly while fairly easily dispatching enemies, but only deals moderate damage. The figure itself is very nicely made with beautiful purple scales and a menacing presence that offers great contrast to friendly Skylanders like Wrecking Ball or Hot Dog.
Both of Cynder’s final upgrade paths offer excellent options. If you adore her Shadow Dash, you’ll get great results from the added ghostly effects of Shadow-dancer. If you’re more a fan of her Black Lightning, Nether Welder will certainly impress. Cynder is a versatile champion that performs great with Dark Spyro, Chill, or Ignitor. If you’re having trouble deciding on a hat for Cynder, I’d recommend the Eye Hat for its matching purple motif.