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Skylanders Trap Team

 

 

SCORE: 85

Skylanders Trap Team 

 

Most people obsess over the home console versions of Skylanders. While I find the home console versions fun, the hand held version on the Nintendo 3DS is where I prefer to spend my time. Why? The storyline is different, and the included Skylanders are different.

Yes the Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders Trap Team is shorter. But it allows families the ability to bring in all kinds of different Skylanders. In fact you can scan in four Skylanders per type into the Nintendo 3DS version. Then swap them on the fly.

A major improvement and upgrade has been implemented in Skylanders Trap Team on the 3DS. The game keeps track of the levels of the Skylanders. Which is awesome as long as you keep that Skylander with the 3DS version. Once you want to bring them over to another version of the game, you will need to scan then back into the toy. At least we no longer have to scan at the end of each level, or at the end of each game play session.

The evil dream sheep invades Skylands and puts quite a few characters to sleep. It is up to us to wake up the characters and to stop the evil sheep. Capturing villains in the 3DS version is done via the bottom screen (swirling in a circle). Traps from the home console version do not work with the 3DS version.

There are two kinds of levels in Skylanders Trap Team. There are normal and regular Skylander levels where we solve puzzles, play Skystones (the 3DS version is better than the home console version), fight monsters, find scrolls, and treasure chests.

The second kind of a level in the 3DS version of Skylanders Trap Team is the Villains levels. These are a few screens where you take a villain through doing things like shooting certain objects, hiding from other enemies, and more. They are just above a mini game in my opinion.

Speaking of mini games, there are a few cool ones in Skylanders Trap Team on the 3DS. I love drawing the lines from red to red, blue to blue, and green to green. Once I got into that mini game it was completed. I also noticed that the puzzles repeated in levels. Which was a bit on the lame side since I liked that mini game - a lot.

One of the coolest advantages to the Nintendo 3DS version of Skylanders Trap Team is the elemental type areas. You do not need a Trapmaster to access them. Any Skylander scanned in with that type unlocks that area. Which is a huge bonus to families that own previous Skylander characters.

All in all I am very impressed with Skylanders Trap Team on the Nintendo 3DS. Calling in villains to help, and using powered up attacks (with Trapmasters only) make the fighting go faster. I will admit the fighting rooms can get boring near the end of the game. Skylanders Trap Team contains Internet versus play for two people, and Streetpass.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 79%
Sound: 87%
Replay/Extras: 92%
Gameplay: 92%
Family Friendly Factor: 76%

System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Beenox
Rating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY
{Cartoon Violence}
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