The toys-to-life genre has really taken off over the past year. 2015 is looking like the best year yet in terms of new videogames that take advantage of real-life figures. Below, you can find our list of the best toys-to-life games to buy on Black Friday or anytime during this holiday season.
The toys-to-life craze began with the Skylanders franchise. For this year’s installment, vehicles have been inserted into the mix, adding more variety to the already solid gameplay. Of course, all of your old figures will work in the new game as well. If you are interested, you can check out the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3 starter packs with this link on Amazon.
Furthermore, Activision teamed up with Nintendo to create hybrid Amiibo/Skylanders figures for Bowser (via Skylanders SuperChargers Racing on the 3DS and Wii) and Donkey Kong (for the main game on the Wii U). You can check out the exclusive starter packs with the following pages: Skylanders SuperChargers for Wii U and Skylanders SuperChargers Racing for Wii/3DS. Of course, you can also check out the new figures here.
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition
The long-time rival of the Skylanders franchise is Disney Infinity. For the third installment of the series, the user creation Toy Box aspects and combat elements have been improved upon. With this year’s focus being Star Wars to boot, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is easily the best toys-to-life game to be released in 2015.
You can purchase the starter pack for the Wii U, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3 with this link. You can also check out the PlayStation-exclusive Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars Saga Bundle, which comes bundled with the Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set, here. Last but not least, you can find the new 3.0 expansions, figures, play sets and power discs with this page.
A new entry into the toys-to-life arms race is Lego Dimensions. The new intellectual property separates itself from the competition in that you have to physically build the Lego figures. Not to mentions that it also uses a diverse array of source materials, including Batman, Dr. Who, Jurassic Park, Simpsons and The Lego Movie. So, if you are looking for an unique twist to the formula, make sure to give Lego Dimensions a try.
You can purchase the Lego Dimensions starter pack for the Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with this link. You can also take a look at the fun, level and team packs here.
Nintendo also released several Amiibo-compatible games in 2015. The best of the bunch are Splatoon (as compatible figures will unlock new challenges), Super Mario Maker (unlock new costumes) and Yoshi’s Woolly World (unlocking new costumes and power ups).
The other 2015 games that take advantage of Amiibos are Ace Combat Assault Horizon +, Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Chibi-Robo Zip Lash, Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, Mario Party 10, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash as well as Xenoblade Chronicles 3D.
You can purchase each of the Amiibo titles with the links above. You can also check out the available figures with this page.
As you can see above, you have plenty of options this year if you are planning on shopping for a toys-to-life game on Black Friday or anytime during the holiday season.