Skylanders and the Birth of the Toys to Life Market
"Toys for Bob deserves a lot of credit for taking a brand that no one wanted anymore and turned it into one of the best selling series and marketing strategies seen in the Game Industry yet."
When it comes to successes, Blizzard easily has one of the best track records for their games; with each series becoming a brand unto itself. This kind of notoriety and brand recognition is something that most companies dream about for their products and Blizzard has been taking things further. With five different brands being supported, Blizzard has been using a very smart strategy to grow their fan base from just “Diablo fans” or “Starcraft fans” to being “Blizzard fans.”
In this spotlight, I played the rogue-like Crowntakers. While I enjoyed the game for its streamlined play, I found some of the mechanics got in the way of keeping each play varied.
Gryphon Knight Epic is a shoot-em-up that was kickstarted back in 2014; combining the genre with metroidvania like design. With the game out now, the merging of the two genres worked pretty well, but there were a few conflicts here and there.
With so many people starting up the Darkest Dungeon for the first time and feeling frustrated, I decided to put together a starter guide to help them out. This part talks about the beginning, group composition, meta game and some early tactics. Part 2 will be out soon and will take a look at the trinket system and further improving the hamlet.