Tuesday, 18 November 2014

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Skylanders Trap Team - Activision

Release Date: 10/10/14
Publisher:  Activision


Toys to life, life to toys

Players will experience an exciting new level of Skylanders innovation through the Traptanium Portal, a new ring of magical energy which reverses the magic of toys to life by letting players bring digital characters into the physical world. A built-in audio speaker allows players to magically hear the unique voices of the villains travel from the game into the real world and into the Trap, and vice versa. The Trap also lights up in sync with the villain speaking, adding even more magic to the experience. If you look closely, you can almost see the villain trying to escape from inside the Trap.
Two ways to play

In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or capture Skylands' most wanted foes and unleash them for good. It's up to Portal Masters to find these villains, capture them inside the new Traps, and then transport the villains into the real world via the Traptanium Portal. Once trapped, players can return the villain to Skylands as a playable character. This exciting new play pattern gives fans the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero and a villain at any time, creating fun and unique 'tag team' gameplay.
Elementally designed traps

Themed Trap designs add variety to the collectible Skylanders Trap Team experience. Each Trap is elementally aligned, letting players capture villains who fall under that element. For instance, when Portal Masters explore the world of Skylands and encounter a water villain, they can insert a water Trap into the Traptanium Portal to capture that villain, as well as bring that villain back into Skylands as a playable character who helps in the fight for good. With each new trap added to their collection, Portal Masters unlock an exciting world of possibilities!

New cast of characters

A brand new group of Skylanders, known as Trap Masters, lead the charge armed with their oversized crystal weapons in the fight against the most wanted villains and returning nemesis Kaos. The game introduces more than 50 new playable Skylanders heroes, including:

New Trap Master Skylanders
New Core Skylanders
Reposed fan-favourite Skylanders

Exciting new adventure

Skylanders Trap Team features an all new adventure-filled story with fun and interesting new characters as well as returning franchise favourites. The game delivers a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience, filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities, platforming, and drop-in/drop-out co-op play, all set within a variety of new compelling environments. With each new addition to their Trap Team collection, Portal Masters unlock exciting new gameplay possibilities within each level. Seasoned fans can play Skylanders Trap Team with their entire collection of 175 forward-compatible characters from Skylanders SWAP Force, Skylanders Giants, and Skylanders Spyro's Adventure.
Box Contains

1 x Video Game
1 x Traptanium Portal
2 x Skylanders Figures
2 x Traps
1 x Character Collector Poster
2 x Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes
2 x Trading Cards


OK, I was originally introduced to Skylanders by two of my nephews, who have been playing it for quite some time. I was fascinated by the way that you could get extra characters and put them on the “portal” and voila, there’s your new guy on screen. Wow. Multiple characters for masses of playthrough and whilst I’ve been the sort of gamer that tends to wait for prices to go down on a few things, this was something I got into very quickly. So when my nephew (way back in March) started telling me about Skylanders Trap Team I became very excited as I loved the idea of being able to capture the villains and then play through with them.

Its definitely something quirky, something that has a lot of playtime behind it but my one major gripe is that with each new set you have to buy a new portal (which whilst back compatible seems unfair when you’ve had to buy them for each release.) All round I had a lot of fun with this game and to be honest when my nephews saw that I had it, Uncle Gareth was the best thing since sliced bread.

Nephew (7) review:
I really, really, really like this game. It’s the best present I’ve had for ages. Daddy and Uncle Gareth showed me how to play it and they wanted to play it but I beat them and play it all the time. I love the bad guys even though I shouldn’t but the good guys are better Daddy says. The bad guys go into the trap key and I caught both of them. I love this game and there is no way my Daddy and Uncle Gareth will be able to play. Me and Benni with play!!!!!! Hope Santa brings me more keys and good guys to play with.

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