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Skylanders Trap Team: Nightmare Express & Mirror of Mystery Adventure Packs Review

By : Amanda Dyar on Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 7:10 PM

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team was easily among the best games we've played this year, and fans can read our Skylanders Trap Team review for Xbox One and for iOS to learn more about the game. One of the best games of the year continues to expand with the new releases of the Nightmare Express and Mirror of Mystery Adventure Packs. Each release comes packed with a new core toy, new location, two magic items, trading cards, QR codes and stickers. Each adventure pack also comes available with Legendary editions of each adventure pack with gold plated versions of figures for collectors that want the rarest items the franchise has to offer. Both adventures offer expansions for the game with new missions and unlockable items that can be traded or borrowed, and at least one of the new locations is truly memorable for fans of the series.

Nightmare Express sends players to a new area of the Skylands while Flynn recounts the mission for his upcoming autobiography. Players are told to keep the story from going too over the top due to Flynn's tendency to exaggerate the truth. Flynn helps keep the storyline for the new adventure funny with constant narration based on the story he is currently writing, but the actual gameplay isn't the most compelling the series has offered and the location is forgettable despite having a very interesting premise.



The Nightmare Express Adventure Pack also comes with a new Core character named Blades. The dragon is an Air elemental with sharp swords and edges all around his body allowing the character to land bladed melee attacks with his tails, wings and so on. The character is really interesting and looks awesome in combat. Additionally, players will get two new magic items with the Piggy Bank, which can be used to gain more gold, and the Hand of Fate, which can be summoned to take out a enemy at any time during the game. The new items and character for the Nightmare Express Adventure Pack are interesting to be sure, and fans of the series will still want to pick up the pack to experience the additional content for themselves.

The Mirror of Mystery warps players to an even more interesting new location. The mirrored version of Skylands has good guys being bad and vice-versa. Players will interact with friendly trolls and accept missions for the bad guys turned good, while many enemy mobs consist of the once friendly Mabu Warriors. The Mirror of Mystery storyline is easily among the best ever seen in the Skylanders series, and meeting up with the dark versions of longtime good guys for the series offer some of the most memorable experiences for the franchise to date.

The Mirror of Mystery Adventure Pack also comes with a Core character named Déjà Vu. Déjà Vu is a Magic character capable of manipulating time and space to outsmart enemies and deal damage unlike any other Skylanders warrior. The two magic items, Rocket Ram and Tiki Speaky, add additional value to the pack that is already one of the best ever released for the Skylanders series.



Skylanders Trap Team is already a fantastic game, and Nightmare Express and Mirror of Mystery Adventure Packs adds even more fun content to the title. Nightmare Express is worth the asking price for fans of the series, but Mirror of Mystery is easily the best of the two releases and is almost an essential addition for Skylanders Trap Team. Both Adventure Packs come packed with a core character, location, and magic items to make them nice additions to go along with the starter pack for Skylanders Trap Team and make great gifts for fans of the series. We had a blast with the new Adventure Packs and the game was even more immersive with additional characters like Tread Head, Hog Wild Fryno, Full Blast Jet-Vac, Fizzy Frenzy Pop Fizz, Bushwhack, Fist Bump, Head Rush, Lob-Star and Tread Head. The new Adventure Packs for Skylanders Trap Team are now in stores and just keep making the game that much better.

Skylanders Trap Team is now available from all major retailers and can be purchased for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, iOS and Nintendo 3DS. Skylanders Trap Team is rated E by the ESRB for Cartoon Violence & Comic Mischief. For more information on the game, check out the official Skylanders Trap Team website.

Game Features:
  • Local Multiplayer 1-2
  • Trap and Play as Villains
  • Explore the Skylanders Academy
  • Over 50 New Figures
  • Trophy/Achievement Support

Game Information:
Developer: Toys For Bob
Publisher: Activision
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One (reviewed), iOS (reviewed), Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii & Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: October 5, 2014

Score: 10 out of 10
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RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile Now Available

Atari has announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is now available on Amazon, Google Play and the App Store fore free. Players will be able to jump into a brand new adventure where they can build their very own rides for incredible amusement park fun. Read on to learn more.

From the Press Release
Atari, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced that RollerCoaster Tycoon® 4 Mobile™ is now available on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play as a free-to-play download for Android devices. As the latest installment of the popular RollerCoaster Tycoon franchise, Android gamers worldwide can now build their own electrifying rides and create the ultimate amusement park.


As one of Atari’s most recognizable and globally-renowned titles, Atari first launched RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Since its debut in April 2014, the popular theme park simulation game has become a mobile gaming phenomenon, achieving the No. 1 ranking in the App Store in numerous countries including the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, and Switzerland. In celebration of this explosive success, Atari recently made the iOS version free-to-play, which landed as the No. 1 games app in the App Store and No. 2 overall free app in the U.S.. To date, mobile gamers worldwide have launched more than 10 million sessions, built hundreds of thousands of roller coasters, spent over 10 combined years of in-game time playing, and created over a million paths.

The free-to-play Android edition includes all gameplay experiences offered for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including the latest park attractions, social features and recent updates. With numerous ways to share and customize coasters and rides, players can grow their parks and connect with friends online to exchange blueprints, send a flyover plane with customized messages, and compare parks.

With this latest version of RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile, Atari has incorporated classic gameplay features from the original games including Queue Lines. Entirely new gameplay, including a RollerCoaster Tycoon-themed slots mini-game and billboards that showcase real-world advertisements adding to the realism of the parks has also been introduced! Additional highly popular and nostalgic RollerCoaster Tycoon features including transport rides, janitors, and even the ability to make theme park visitors visibly sick after enjoying too many coaster rides will be available soon.

"RollerCoaster Tycoon is one of the most successful franchises in Atari history. Bringing the classic title to mobile platforms, such as Android, allows fans to enjoy the timeless classic anytime from anywhere,” said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari, Inc. “RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile has proven to be wildly popular amongst the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch community. Cultivating this success and extending the game to Android devices is the next step for continuing the RollerCoaster Tycoon legacy.”

Developed by On5, the RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile app is free-to-download on the Amazon Appstore  and Google Play. RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile is also available for free in the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

To learn more, visit the official RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile website.


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Zombie Squash 2.0 Releases For Android and iOS Devices

Zombie Squash has received free full version releases and is the perfect title to check out this Halloween. Zombie Squash 2.0 with great voice talents from George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) is now available for free on iPad and Android. Players looking to pick up Zombie Squash on iPhone can do so very soon. Read on to check out a fun new trailer if you dare!

To learn more, visit the official Zombie Squash website.


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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Shows Off Cinematic Opening With New Trailer

CD PROJEKT RED will release The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on February 24, 2014 on Xbox One, PC, and PS4. Gamers can now check out the cinematic opening for the RPG adventure before the game's official release. Are you ready to start your adventure and learn more? Read on.

From the Press Release
CD PROJEKT RED, the developer behind the critically acclaimed Witcher franchise of games, is gearing up to unveil the opening cinematic from the studio’s flagship open world RPG fantasy adventure--The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. On the 24th of October, 15:45 BST, tune in to the Golden Joystick Awards Ceremony and be among the first people on the planet to watch Geralt of Rivia following The Trail, in an epic intro foreshadowing the main storyline of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. After the world premiere at Golden Joystick Awards, The Trail Opening Cinematic will also be made available on thewitcher.com/thetrail for everyone to enjoy.


Additionally, the studio is proud to inform that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been nominated in the “Most Wanted” category. Gamers eager to help the game win can cast their vote here. Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a graphically stunning fantasy universe, full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.

The game is scheduled to launch February 24th, 2015, on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation®4. Visit www.thewitcher.com and buy.thewitcher.com for more information about the game and pre-order availability worldwide.

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Tiny Troopers Joint Ops Releasing For PS3 and PS Vita On October 28

Wired Productions has announced that Tiny Troopers Joint Ops will be available on October 28th for PS3 and PlayStation Vita for $7.99. The game will feature over 50 mini-maps with leaderboards, a twin-stick arcade control system and much more. Read on.


From the Press Release
Wired Productions, a leading independent video games publisher, announced today that Tiny Troopers Joint Ops, the epic bite-sized arcade shooter for the PlayStation® Vita, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 will be available to download for PS3 & Vita users from October 28th. The PlayStation 4 version will launch at a later date.


Costing $7.99, Tiny Troopers Joint Ops brings together all the favourite features of the hit titles Tiny Troopers 1 and Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops developed by Kukouri Mobile Entertainment, which together have more than 11M downloads worldwide.

The game also incorporates numerous additional features, such as the value-enhancing Cross Buy and Cross Save functionality that is enabled on all three versions. This means that anyone purchasing one format will be able to download the others for no extra charge and progress saved on one format can be carried over to the next to allow play on the go. The game also includes a newly designed control scheme exclusive to PlayStation formats and over seven hours of gun toting gameplay.

Tiny Troopers Key Features:

  • Over 50 action-packed mini-maps including Zombie Survival Mode with online leaderboards!
  • Recruit specialist mercenaries such as Medics, Machine Gunners and the Elite Delta Force to subdue enemy insurgents!
  • Twin-stick arcade control system to blast your way through waves of enemy rebels.
  • Maximum warfare value on the go with Cross-Save & Cross-Buy functionality!

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Free Fenix Rage Demo Now Available On Steam Alongside Ability to Purchase Soundtrack

Gamers who have been aching to play Fenix Rage on Steam can now play the free demo. If you decide you like it then you can purchase the soundtrack for $1.99 and the game for $14.99. Read on.

With a 100% positive customer rating on Steam, gamers around the globe have been raging on Fenix Rage, the devilishly delightful 2D hardcore platformer with infinite jumping, dashing, and tough frustrating love. There’s a lot to like about this charming game and rabid fans all agree that the soundtrack rocks!


But wait, there’s more with the FREE DEMO! For those gamers a little intimidated by Fenix Rage (e.g. wimps), a free demo of Fenix Rage is now available on Steam. With simple jump ‘n dash mechanics to learn, the free demo serves up a small taste of the wickedly addicting gameplay that’s packed into the full version of Fenix Rage.

The Official Fenix Rage Game Soundtrack is now available on Steam for $1.99. Download Fenix Rage today for PC via Steam for $14.99. For the latest buzz follow Fenix Rage on Twitter, “Like” the game on Facebook, check it out on Steam, and visit the official website at www.FenixRage.com.

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SEGA Announces New Pre-order Incentive For Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault

SEGA will release Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault on November 18th for PC. Now players can jump in on a brand-new pre-order incentive that consists of a new company called the Fox Company. Read on to learn more and pre-order your copy today!


From the Press Release
SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced a pre-order incentive for Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault consisting of an all-new Company known as “Fox” Company. This band of Rangers is led by Captain Monte Durante and sits alongside the three Companies already included in the game; Airborne, Support and Mechanized. Players can choose up to three Companies on a campaign play-through; each with its own unique play style, specializations, abilities and Officer.


Captain Durante will have his own backstory for players to discover throughout the campaign, which will allow players to experience Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault from a whole new perspective. The “Fox” Company DLC will feature unique mission and company reports, thus representing a significant amount of additional gameplay options and outcomes, all free for those who pre-order.

“We are really excited to offer such a substantial piece of content to those who pre-order!” said Alex Price, Brand Director at Relic Entertainment. “There are a huge amount of playthrough options for Ardennes Assault already, but the inclusion of Fox Company adds even more variety to the game.”

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is developed by Relic Entertainment and will be launching on November 18, 2014 for Windows PC digital download platforms. For more information log on to www.companyofheroes.com
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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Gets New Trailer Showing Off Photo Mode

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed a new feature for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with the Photo Mode. The new mode will allow players to capture their favorite moments within the game and show off some of their epic encounters throughout the game world. Read on.

From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) announces Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s newest feature, Photo Mode, where players can capture their favorite in-game moments and showcase their encounters throughout the land of Shadow. The free Photo Mode is available now through the latest online update for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The update for PC will be available very soon. For more details on this new mode, the Shadow of Mordor – Photo Mode Tutorial Video walks players through how to access and use Photo Mode to capture Talion’s experience in Mordor.


Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. Based on the player’s actions with the in-game Nemesis System, every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is available for PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, PC and Steam; November 18th on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Bundle Stars Reveals The Evolution Bundle

Bundle Stars has announced a new bundle that takes advantage of Early Access with the launch of The Evolution Bundle. The collection will give gamers over six Steam titles for PC. For the low price of $3.49 players can get such titles as Freaking Meatbags, Fancy Skulls and more. Read on.

From the Press Release
  • Fancy Skulls is a challenging first person shooter with procedural generation and bags of distinct art style, set in a crazy world of intense and tactical combat.
  • Freaking Meatbags is a tower defense/real-time strategy game about creating alien hybrids with superhuman powers, and destroying hordes of deadly robots!
  • Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars is a galaxy-spanning starship adventure with randomly generated worlds to keep you coming back for more, from the maker of Weird Worlds.
  • Dreaming Sarah is a surreal adventure platformer game with puzzle elements and a diverse cast of characters. It’s inspired by the Japanese horror game Yume Nikki.
  • Steam Bandits: Outpost is an RPG inspired by games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger. The bundle includes the Explorer’s Equipment Pack, worth $15.
  • Colossal Kaiju Combat: Kaijuland Battles, the next generation of monster-on-monster fighting action, is from the team who brought you Godzilla: Save the Earth.

After redeeming your bundle keys on Steam (a free user account is required), you can download your 6 games and start playing instantly. All the games in this bundle run on a Windows PC. Fancy Skulls and Steam Bandits: Outpost also work on Mac and Linux. Steam Early Access lets you discover, play and get involved with exciting games as they evolve. Early Access games are developing while you play, as you give feedback, and as the developers update and add shiny new content. Gain immediate access to download and play each Early Access game, and keep playing even if it moves from Early Access to a full release. The Evolution Bundle is available for a limited time only, exclusively from www.bundlestars.com as part of its Early Access Week. The Breakthrough Bundle containing 6 more awesome Early Access games, is also available this week only!
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Musterbrand Reveals Their New Portal Jacket Collection

Musterbrand has announced their new Portal Jacket Collection that features an entire outerwear line inspired by Valve’s Portal. Gamers looking for the perfect collection to wear this winter can look no further with Musterbrand's stylish and sleek collections. Read on to learn more.

From the Press Release

Hamburg, October 9, 2014 musterbrand, the designer label for global gaming culture, has been deep inside the secret Aperture Science Laboratories to design authentic street wear based on one of the most innovative games ever created: Portal by Valve. musterbrand is proud to announce the introduction of three high-end quilted jackets made of a white translucent, water resistant shell fabric. These jackets all have a unique technical look created by the use of a fine mesh layer sandwiched between the translucent outer shell and opaque inside lining. The Engineer is a quilted outdoor jacket for use by the male species in urban environments. The Scientist is a hooded quilted jacket built to enhance and protect the female species in similar environments. Both jackets feature expertly crafted game-related details like Aperture-themed prints as well as storm cuffs with portal-shaped thumbholes in orange and blue.
 The Programmer is a lightweight running jacket with an Aperture logo artwork printed on the inside mesh layer to create a very unique look.

"We want to give fans a way to transport their favorite games into the real world by means of fashion. The Portal collection is sleek and stylish, with a lot of exciting details and, of course, Aperture Science in it. The styling is subtle enough so that the clothes are wearable at work, school or out clubbing but are also instantly recognizable by all gamers in the world", explains Knut Jochen Bergel, Founder and CEO of musterbrand.


To learn more, visit the official Musterbrand website.
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