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Skylanders Trap Team

 

 

SCORE: 84

Skylanders Trap Team 

 

Skylanders has become huge. I mean there are toys (on top of the figures that go on the portals), clothing, backpacks and more. Skylanders has become a huge cash cow. Someone out there is making all kinds of money thanks to this franchise. Skylanders Trap Team is the fourth game in the series.

This year we trap the enemies in these traps that plug into the front of the new portals. Yes you have to purchase a new portal to play Skylanders Trap Team on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, and/or Xbox One. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a copy of the Xbox One version of Skylanders Trap Team.

The starter pack for Skylanders Trap Team comes with a portal, two characters, and two traps. The two traps are for water and life. The two characters are Food Fight, and Snap Shot. Snap Shot is a Traptanium character. Which means he can unlock certain areas. Please note there are regular Skylanders for Skylanders Trap Team, and Traptanium characters. Traptanium characters of certain types are needed to access certain areas of levels in the game.

Skylanders Trap Team is sort of like the Lego video games. You will need to play levels multiple times to complete all aspects of them. The difference between the Lego games, and Skylander games is you need to purchase additional traps and types to do so. The more you invest financially in Skylanders Trap Team the more you can complete.

There is a new unknown element in Skylanders Trap Team. The traps will make noises, and the characters will talk to you in the levels. When you use an enemy they can only be away from their trap for so long. So you can not complete entire levels with them. There are also new smaller Skylanders called Minis for sale.

The Traptanium Skylanders are between the size of a normal Skylander and a Skylander Giant character. Which reminds me - older characters are playable in Skylanders Trap Team. In fact you get a bonus for playing with a Series One Skylander. Like my favorite Trigger Happy.

The humor and deep storyline continues in Skylanders Trap Team. I love the humor in Skylanders Trap Team. It fits the previous games perfectly. It took me around eight hours to beat Skylanders Trap Team. I had help in the form of a second character. I also had numerous Skylanders from previous games that were very high levels. The level cap was not increased in Skylanders Trap Team.

There are numerous mini games in Skylanders Trap Team at the Skylanders Academy that can help the replay value. In fact the Colosseum will probably be the favorite of most kids. The music mini game may come in second. Upgrading and improving characters is one of the favorite things to do in Skylanders Trap Team.

There is action adventure violence in Skylanders Trap Team. We pummel a variety of characters in all of the chapters. I also noticed plenty of puzzles in Skylanders Trap Team. I love the puzzles and the various mini quests. The downside is constantly swapping Skylanders on the wired portal. The undead are still in Skylanders Trap Team, however they are not used as often.

I enjoyed playing Skylanders Trap Team on the Xbox One. I am planning on purchasing traps of different types to be able to play the different villains. I did not like the idea of playing bad guys at first. I realized we are turning them good - even if it is for a little while.
- Kid Gamer

 

Graphics: 76%
Sound: 93%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 90%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%

System: Xbox 360/PS3/PS4/Wii/Wii U/Xbox One(tested)
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Rating: ‘E10+’ - Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY
{Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief}
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