***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PORTAL AND CHARACTERS ARE NOT INCLUDED***
As a golden statue of the Skylander’s pilot friend Flynn is being unveiled in Boom Town (Flynn’s Hometown), a new villain called Moneybone launches an attack on them and snatches the statue as well as Cali, Flynn’s partner. Flynn and the Skylanders set to get Cali and the statue back from Moneybone’s hands.
The 3DS version of Skylanders: Swap Force has a gameplay similar to its console counterpart: the chosen Skylander character goes through levels with different branching paths and gathers gold and experience along the way. However, the levels and setting are completely different, and the Skylanders have slightly different sets of abilities, and can double jump. Each level has three stars to be earned: one from completing the level, one for completing the level within a set amount of time, and one for completing all the level challenges, including gold and treasure chest collecting, and Element and Swap Zone challenges. The Swap Zone challenges are completely different from the console game’s challenges, and consist of a part of the level in which special abilities tied to each Swap Force member’s Swap Zone Power can be used to complete puzzles and defeat enemies.
The wireless Portal of Power is used only to import Skylanders in the game from the portal in the game’s hub, Boom Town, and to sync the figures to their 3DS counterpart, transferring the experience gained from one version to the other. The gold gained in the levels is automatically transferred into experience points once the level is finished, and characters abilities are unlocked as the characters progress rather than through upgrades. Like in the previous 3DS Skylanders games, the gold earned is converted into experience points once the level is cleared.