Skylanders Trap Team

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Transform baddies with terrific twist on toy-driven series.

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age 7+
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

With multiple difficulty levels and a wide range of control options, this is an easy game for any kid to start playing. Some parts of the game -- such as boss fights -- are a little harder than others, but the more Skylanders characters kids have, the easier it is to make it through these slightly trickier spots. The new ability to swap to a captured villain with the tap of a button gives players another way to avoid defeat.

Violence & Scariness

Players use swords, bows, guns, hammers, punches, kicks, and magic to attack a variety of fantastical creatures. Defeated enemies fall to the ground and quickly disappear. Skylanders never die but do need to rest until recovered. The violence is all cartoonish, though, and contains no blood or gore.

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Although the app is free, players can only play a trial level before needing to purchase the retail "starter kit," which contains physical Skylander toys and a portal that lets you "insert" them into the game. The starter kit costs $75, and the spending doesn't stop there. The game encourages players to purchase toys, including Skylanders figurines and Trap crystals, to enhance the experience -- and, although they're not required to complete the game, they greatly enhance it. Characters from previous Skylanders games are supported, but they're less useful this time. Special Trap Master characters and Trap crystals are necessary in order to unlock secret areas and use villain characters to complete special quests. It's easy to spend hundreds of dollars on the game. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Skylanders Trap Team is the latest in the popular action/adventure series that lets kids use real-world toys in a video game environment. Players fight a variety of comical enemies who have escaped captivity; once defeated, those villains can be captured and "trapped" in plastic crystals, becoming playable characters. There's frequent, but mild, cartoonish violence, but the biggest item of note is that the app is largely unplayable without purchasing a $75 "starter kit." Even after that, kids will be tempted to buy additional toys to enhance the game experience, which can cost hundreds of dollars. 

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byBinge W. July 30, 2018

Rated 10+

I play this game a lot it’s really fun. There is a little violence watch out for shooting with fantasy weapons creatures die but no people die.

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What's it about?

Players can choose to use either touch controls to move and battle enemies or use the standard console-like controller that's included in the starter pack, which must be purchased separately. As with the console game, players place physical Skylander toys on the portal (also included with the starter pack) to "warp" them into the game. In this installment, they're also able to "trap" defeated major villains in the game in a special toy crystal by placing that crystal in a slot on the portal. Enemies then become allies and can be swapped out with the current hero at any point to fight in their stead. Aside from the usual battles, the game also features several puzzles, including lock challenges to get through gates and a card strategy game called Skystones Smash. 

Is it any good?

The Skylanders series has constantly raised the bar with each new installment in the series -- and SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM certainly keeps up that trend. For the first time, the game is releasing on both consoles and mobile devices simultaneously. And rather than a watered-down version of the game, the mobile version is feature-complete and just as fun as what you'd play on your PlayStation 4 or Wii U. It does come at a price, though. You'll have to pay $75 for the starter kit (though the app will let you try out the game for free), and you'll need a lot of available space on your device. Though the initial download is an already hefty 1.29 GB, you'll need a full 6 GB of space if you want to download every level, Skylander, and villain into the device. 

That's a big ask, but the experience you get in return (assuming you have the space to spare) is worth it. The core theme of Trap Team, capturing and converting enemies, is great fun -- and their wide variety of personalities adds significantly to the game. Boss battles, which are new to Skylanders, come with a significant reward: a new playable character. And the physical toy required to store them is much cheaper than a typical Skylanders toy. Beyond that, the game moves smoothly and is visually impressive. As with its predecessors, you need to approach the game realizing  you're likely going to spend more on it than you would a normal game (but keep in mind also that kids play with the figurines outside of the video game world, adding to their value). If you're willing to accept that, you'll absolutely love this game. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about budgeting -- and the importance of saving your money, even when you want something. 

  • Families also can talk about heroes and villains. What qualities do each have? What would it take to turn one into the other? 

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