We’ve had Skylanders Giants for well over a year now. It was taken out once in a while: Dadonthebrink on the controller and Angelina and Hugo excitedly giving instructions to him on what to do. They had fun, but it wasn’t a huge thing in the house.
However, with the launch of Skylanders Trap Team we’ve entered a new phase: Hugo turned 6 at the same time and he has been allowed to play on his own.
He mastered the Xbox controller quickly, though the habits of using the Kinect die hard: He still walks around and jumps up and down as he controls the figures. The controls for Trap Team are simple, jump, attack (with figures having their own modes of attack), explore, collecting money and special powers unlocked the more you play.
Since getting the game, our imaginative little storyteller has focused a lot of his stories around Skylanders. He constantly, I mean constantly (!) talks about the characters and the stories about them. We have even ended up banning him from using the term “Skylanders” or the name any of the figures at times. This is a testament to how thoughtful the game is and how well it captures the imagination.
The new Trap Team game is a great to play for adults and kids alike. The Trap Team takes the well-known Skylanders story and adds a new twist with the traps. Traps come in as many different elements as the figures. These traps can be used to capture the enemy in the game and, here’s the fun part, change them into your own playable characters! That includes master bad guy, Kaos too. Imagine controlling Kaos!
The game really comes alive with the sound effects and voices which come directly from the portal as the newly defeated creatures are sucked into the trap.
The new characters in Trap Team are as fun and imaginative as those from previous series. I love the clever names and the funny battle cries each figure has. We even have Max, our two year old, repeating these.
I really appreciate that you can play Trap Team with previous characters in the Skylanders series: Figures from Spyro’s Adventure, Skylanders Giants and Swap Force can all be used in the Trap Team game.
If you are new to Skylanders the best way to get started is with the Starter pack which includes: the game itself, the new Traptanium Portal, 2 Skylanders Figures, 2 Traps, 2 Character Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes, 2 Trading Cards, and a Character Poster. (As with previous Skylanders games the game can be completed with just the figures included in the starter pack.)
Skylanders Trap Team is available on all major consoles and also has a tablet version. I have to say we were very tempted to get the tablet version, but ended up getting the XBox 360 version.
As it’s proved to us this is a perfect gift: Figures are easy to stuff into stockings or as birthday presents and will bring hours of play time- with the game or just the figures themselves.