In an industry where avoiding risks at all costs has become the norm, it’s refreshing to see Activision offering gamers something other than Call of Duty. Not only did they give Spyro another chance, but they took a shot at something radically different and hit a grand slam. Skylander’s Giants is the latest in this amazing franchise improves on the original in virtually every facet. If you’re trying to make some decisions on who to invest in for Skylanders: Swap Force, you need look no further.
If you are one of the millions of gamers that have fallen in love with the Skylanders, you’re probably trying to decide who is worth buying and who should be skipped. If you’re interested in a Water Skylander, give some consideration to Wham-Shell. Are the tides in favor of Wham-Shell or is he going to be dragged out to sea?
Wham-Shell is, in many ways, similar to Ignitor. He looks like a tough customer, but most of his attacks look more impressive than their damage output would have you believe. Like Ignitor, Wham-Shell has a mediocre projectile in the form of his Starfish Bullets. Figure-wise both are excellently designed and highly detailed. While the two couldn’t be more different in terms of elementals, the parallels don’t end there.
Wham-Shell doesn’t really come into his own until you unlock his tertiary attack, Poseidon strike. This electric shockwave serves the dual purpose of raising Wham-Shell’s damage output and diversifying his otherwise bland moveset. He might not be the most exciting Skylander to play as, but Toys For Bob made his figure very pleasing to the eye with vibrant colors and a charm in his grin that Boomer lacks.
The Starfish Bullets, while nice to have, are practically useless. If you for some reason like his projectiles, the Commander Crab upgrade path makes them more than respectable. For everyone else- stick to Captain Crustacean. Wham-Shell can be a very fun character to play as, but many will bemoan his lack of practicality.
Wham-Shell isn’t really the best choice for tackling bosses on the portable side of things, but this isn’t a deal breaking flaw. If you’re interested in a multi-purpose Skylander that can quickly deal damage and easily escape predators- look no further! Wham-Shell might not be the powerhouse his appearance would have you believe, but he’s excellent back-up to a more acrobatic champion. On the plus side, Wham-Shell’s Starfish Bullets are far more effective on the Nintendo 3DS thanks to some added advantages.
Playing as Wham-Shell, you can tell Activision envisioned him as a ‘jack of all trades’ Water Skylander useful at any range. Unfortunately, they stumbled in this endeavor. Wham-Shell is eclipsed by Zap in long distance, Chill and Slam-Bam in close range, and Gill Grunt in mid-range. If you can overlook his shortcomings, throw him the Crown as a nod to his royal ancestry. If you need a good ally for Wham-Shell you’ll find he works well with Flashwing and Tree Rex.