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Skylanders Trap Team (Tablet Review)

Skylanders Trap Team is the fourth major release for the Skylanders series created by developer Toys for Bob and publisher Activision, but the new release also marks a monumental occasion for the franchise. Skylanders Trap Team will be the first game in the series to make an appearance on tablet devices. The game will come with an all new portal, characters and new ways to play the game, and developer Vicarious Visions has managed to cram a full-fledged game into the tablet version. Skylanders Trap Team is the first game of its type to make its way to tablet devices, and the team behind the game were able to knock it out of the park on their first attempt with the series on a new platform.

In Skylanders Trap Team, players head back to the world of the Skylanders to battle against the forces of Kaos once again. Tons of villains have escaped their imprisonment at the Cloudcracker Prison, thanks to Kaos, and it will be up to players to team up with the Skylanders and use the power of an element known as Traptanium in order to find, defeat and capture the escaped baddies and return them to the prison. The game's storyline is full of good humor that the series is known for, and the new narrative sees the return of series favorite characters including the hilarious Captain Flynn. Skylanders Trap Team features another fun storyline for fans of the series, and the tale is just as entertaining on the go with tablet devices as it is on home consoles.

Skylanders Trap Team
gives fans all new ways to enjoy their favorite video game franchise. Skylanders Trap Team introduces new Trap Master characters that battle with massive weapons perfect for taming and capturing bad guys. Players can capture defeated enemies inside of the all new Trap figures available in the game's starter pack and sold separately. Once a villain has been captured, players can use the baddies to play the game, access new areas and unlock some powerful new abilities. Villains don't play like a typical Skylanders character. Some of the villains are actually more powerful than Skylanders, and some also have special abilities that offer active boosts to characters even after the villain has been switched out in favor of a different character. Villains do operate on a timer, so players need to only bring the bad guys out when they are needed. Some other cool features exist for the villains including villain exclusive missions and an ability for the characters to yell back at players through the speaker on the game's new portal.

Skylanders Trap Team
on tablets comes with much of the same content seen in the console version of the game. The title is compatible with all previously released figures and also works with the 50+ figures that have been added to the new release. The new title not only includes a new storyline for the Skylanders universe, but players will now be able to head to the Skylanders Academy to find all sorts of missions and new ways to play including the dangerous Battle Arena missions, a fun card game variant known as Skylanders Skystones Smash, horde like missions known as the Kaos Doom Challenge and more. Players will also find new ways to customize their characters with new hats and the introduction of trinkets for more customization options. The new items can even be equipped to villains for some pretty funny results.

The tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team offers some new features not available in any other version of the game. The all new wireless Traptanium Portal of Power allows players to bring figures to life in the game, but the tablet version of the game has the only portal that connects via Bluetooth. This allows the portal to be completely portable and easy to take on trips to a friend's house or on vacations to enjoy the game away from home. The tablet version also includes a special docking station that allows players to easily place their tablet standing up and play with the Bluetooth wireless controller that is also included in the tablet version's starter pack.

Skylanders Trap Team
on tablets can be played with on-screen touch controls or with the wireless controller that comes packed in the tablet version starter pack. The built-in controls for the game work decently, but as with most tablet games, the controls still feel a bit awkward while simultaneously holding a tablet, and the controls also cover part of the screen while playing. The new wireless controller designed specifically for Skylanders Trap Team makes playing the game on tablets a whole lot more enjoyable and desirable. The controller is small and requires two AA batteries to operate, but the buttons don't tend to stick like players would see in cheaper tablet controllers, and the controller feels very lightweight and comfortable to use during long gaming sessions.

The tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team is compatible with a wide range of tablet devices, and the game is easy to install and play. The game requires a single download to play on tablets, and a download key does come packed in the new game's starter pack. Compatible tablets for Skylanders Trap Team include Apple iPad 3rd Generation, iPad 4th Generation, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air, Kindle Fire HDX (7” & 8.9”), Google Nexus 7 (2013), Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4”, 10.1”, 12.2”), Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4”, 10.5”), Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, so most tablet owners should be able to download and enjoy the game on their preferred device.

Skylanders Trap Team can be an expensive investment for fans of the series. The new starter pack is valued at $74.99 and is required to play the game on tablets, since it is the first release on the platform. The starter pack is a pretty good value though, since it comes packed with the game, two Skylanders figures, two Traps, the wireless Traptanium Portal of Power, wireless controller and other cool items. Additional Trap Masters will set gamers back $14.99 each, individual toys cost $9.99 and additional Traps cost $5.99 each. Skylanders Trap Team delivers many hours of exciting gameplay for its high cost though, and fans can rest easy knowing the time and money they invest in characters today will pay off with compatibility in future releases for the Skylanders series.

Skylanders Trap Team on tablets matches up well with the home console version of the game. Skylanders Trap Team manages to pack a whole lot of high quality content for a tablet release that most other mobile games simply can not compare with. The sound design in Skylanders Trap Team for tablets is strong as well and players looking to enjoy Skylanders Trap Team on tablets will not see a dip in the graphical and sound qualities at all for the mobile version. The flexibility of the game offers players the ability to enjoy the game on the go for endless hours of replayability.

Skylanders Trap Team makes a more than impressive debut on tablet devices. The game packs nearly all of the content seen in the console version of the game into a mobile form, and the inclusion of a Bluetooth Traptanium Portal of Power and wireless controller in the game's starter pack makes the title a good value and a highly flexible release that few other tablet releases can match up with. Skylanders Trap Team is by far the best tablet game to release this year. In the end, the game holds up perfectly to the console version and is a game that all age groups can appreciate. The tablet release for Skylanders Trap Team makes the franchise available for more gamers than ever before. Look for Skylanders Trap Team on tablets this holiday season!

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, Nintendo 3DS and Tablet. 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:
  • Single Player
  • Trap and Play as Villains
  • Explore the Skylanders Academy
  • Over 50 New Figures
  • Tablet Exclusive Features

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

Score: 10 out of 10
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