Skylanders Spyro Worlds Makes Using Math and Statistics Just Part of the Game
Video game figures can often just be about jumping, whamming and collecting, but kids who play skylanders spyros adventure learn math and statistics almost like magic with their adventurous games. To be sure, they’re not thinking school and studies. So it’s like an amazing osmosis because tossing around and keeping track of numbers, numbered lists, measuring, adding up, subtracting, it’s all part of the fun of the skylanders game.
Spyro Worlds Can Travel with Stats
In fact the whole Spyro world raises that magical feeling from seeing a character or game figure come to life, to the special abilities of these spyro figures that even remember from game to game what they’ve done. As 10-year old Ethan pointed out, “they can remember just whatever you’ve done with them like when I take my Spyros adventure Ignitor Figure over to use at Larry’s house.” Larry just got an adventure pack and I’m getting one next week so I have to see which ones have the best stats and what they can and can’t do.”
Stats, as Ethan mentioned, stands for statistics which are all those great numbers the kids all are tossing around. They have to know and compare the numbers that measure the attack force or the strength of the characters weapons, the agility they have like how high they jump and how fast they move, their defense which is how much damage they can take from attacks, how fast they can recover and get healthy from attacks. What makes these stats such a mind working exercise is that they are always adding on or subtracting off of their Spyro figures stats as they play the adventure.
Legend of the Spyro Makes Kids Like Matt Math Wise
Here’s what Len says about why he adds on to certain spyro new choices. “I started off with the Legendary adventure Pack with Legendary Bash, chop chop and spyro, that’s one Earth, one Undead, and one Magic in case you didn’t know the worlds, but then I wanted to get all the magic characters because it makes my stats stronger. So now I’m collecting Spyro, Dark spyro legendary Spyro voodood, double trouble and wrecking ball.”
Now Matthew’s smart mom checked in to see if Matthew aged 10 really was math wise about these spyro figures to make sure he was getting their value! And, she found, like the other kids, he was right on, whiz bang, with the stats. He spouts out a list that mom just has to believe must be true. He says he thinks the best stats are with the Skylander adventure packs because these are some exclusive figures and also have the best new adventures to go on.
But mom also has a daughter, Claudia, and does Claudia like the legend of the Spyro as much as she likes the legend of Bloody Mary she heard at camp because certainly spyro adventure and worlds sounds like boys kinds of things. Absolutely, Claudia is in, “there is no gender special treatment here”, praises Claudia, and likewise mom. Both boys and girls rave about the female characters in the Skyland adventure just like they are all in it together.
Getting into the Air and Being a Master with Spyro figures
Claudia has saved all her chore allowance and has all the Air figures. She says they are really strong as a group. Claudia explains I didn’t like whirlwind so much at first, but then I realized she can shoot up and over gates and my Sonic has saved me with her sonic cream, and guess what, her eggs are great spider bait! I know some people say Stealth Elf in the Life element is the best, and you can get through a level with no damage, with quick blades. I heard she can do 6 knives at a time, each one doing 9 damage, and she can use all six knives in an attack even every second.” Whew! That’s a lot of numbers to know right there!
The thing that’s really cool is that for kids it’s easy for them to take the time and trouble to compare, rate, and understand the numbers because they’re proud of these values. As Peter explains, “I am the Portal Master and this week I got great experience points, and got increased in my Lord of Lightning abilities and upgraded to a Level7. But his defense clouds make him pretty powerful too.” Peter’s mom of course is all for encouraging Peter to recognize his own strengths and to build on them just like his game figures!
Besides for the particular figures, Skylander Spyros is a fabulous adventure story itself since it was written by 2 great writers–Sokolove and Cohen–who worked on Pixar’s Toy Story film. What could be more winning in quality kids entertainment that that!