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POSTED 4/10/14


SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM

Activision



We’re not really ones to gossip, but gee that Lara Croft chick gets around.

What’s that? “Doom Raiders”? Oh...

Anyway, the Skylanders – those fantasy creatures with computer chips stuck to their bottoms - are back. This time they’ve a new shtick, and that’s the ability (and necessity) to trap Doom Raider baddies that’ve been busted out of Cloudcracker Prison by a dingbat with severe short man syndrome named Kaos who aims to take over Skylands. Silly billy!

The trapping’s super-cool though. Defeat a creature in the game and insert the correct elemental style of trap into your USB doobrie/Traptanium Portal – be that fire, mountain, leaves, cogs, droplet, squiggle, skull or diamond thingy - and it’ll woosh from screen to doobrie, vocally protesting all the way. We’re not kids anymore, but if we were we’d have wet ourselves over the sheer coolness of this.

We didn’t have many friends growing up...

So, once you defeat and catch these nefarious types, you’ve mind control power (or summat) over them, allowing you to flip between them or your Skylander to further main or side questing. Obviously different characters have different abilities, so strategy comes into play. As it does with basic puzzles which become less basic as you progress.

Despite regular play pauses for overblown talk and cutscenes, this fourth Skylanders revisits everything everybody loved about past ones – mercifully including older, way-too-expensive figurines - and adds the supreme coolness of the aforementioned talking portal jail thingummy.

The starter kit delivers just two Skylanders and two traps keys, leaving six elements to purchase separately to 100% proceedings. This sucks, but is the way of today’s world. So, beware that initial monetary investment could easily quadrupleise if your kids (or you, ahem) become addicted.

Still, despite the dubious cash grab mentality, Skylanders: Trap Team really is a hyper-polished, fun and addictive game.

Hey, just ask Lara!

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