Skylanders: Cloud Patrol has landed on the App Store and is the third video game to make use of the collectible Skylanders figures.
The incentive to build up a collection of Skylanders toys is as integral as ever -- players plop in a figure's code to see it unlock as an additional character within the iPhone or iPad game.
Touch and swipe gestures help clear Skylands of trolls, and using multiple Skylanders means bonus points, with daily challenges and leaderboards that keep players motivated.
October 2011's series re-boot, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, ran the risk of scandalizing gamers that had fond memories of previous Spyro games.
It was a gamble that paid off for publisher Activision, helping propel the company to record per-share profits, victorious where Tony Hawk: Ride and its single expensive board-shaped peripheral had floundered.
Activision will be mindful not to repeat the mistakes of Guitar Hero, another series with a multitude of add-ons, and one whose frequent updates were blamed for its own demise.
Previews for late-2012's Skylanders: Giants indicate that the second console game and its toy range may require a little more of players in terms of skill and spending power -- and if a slightly older audience has more pocket money to spend, then perhaps there's no harm done -- but until then, Cloud Patrol is here to keep interest levels bouyant.