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Skylanders Trap Team: Starter Pack (PS4)
- Bring toys to life and life to toys with the new Traptanium Portal
- Two ways to play – with the Skylanders or with trapped villains
- Each Trap is elementally aligned, unlocking exciting possibilities
- Includes a number of new characters, the Trap Master Skylanders
- Features diverse, dynamic, adventure-filled story-driven gameplay
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Skylanders Trap Team
- 1 x Video Game
- 1 x Traptanium Portal
- 2 x Skylanders Figures
- 2 x Traps
- 1 x Character Collector Poster
- 2 x Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes
- 2 x Trading Cards
From the manufacturer
Skylanders Trap Team: two ways to play
Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison, freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands! It’s up to you and the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, you have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight for you. Begin the ultimate adventure as you explore Skylands in search of the escaped villains.
Skylanders is redefining the toys-to-life phenomenon with yet another groundbreaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team. In previous Skylanders games, physical toys were brought to life inside the game; with Skylanders Trap Team, the magic is reversed by bringing characters out of the game, into physical 'Traps' that kids can take with them, effectively bringing life to toys.
In Skylanders Trap Team, Kaos continues his ongoing quest to rule over Skylands. He has discovered the location of the legendary Cloudcracker Prison – a fortress built entirely out of the magical substance Traptanium and home to Skylands' most nefarious baddies. In an attempt to build his own army of foes, Kaos blows up the prison, releasing the most wanted villains and blasting shards of Traptanium to Earth in the form of Traps. Now it's up to Portal Masters to recapture all of the escaped villains using powerful Traptanium Traps and defeat Kaos before it's too late!
Toys to life, life to toys
Players will experience an exciting new level of Skylanders innovation through the Traptanium Portal, a new ring of magical energy which reverses the magic of toys-to-life by letting players bring digital characters into the physical world.
A built-in audio speaker allows players to magically hear the unique voices of the villains travel from the game into the real world and into the Trap, and vice versa. The Trap also lights up in sync with the villain speaking, adding even more magic to the experience. If you look closely, you can almost see the villain trying to escape from inside the Trap.
Two ways to play
In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or capture Skylands' most wanted foes and unleash them for good.
It's up to Portal Masters to find these villains, capture them inside the new Traps, and then transport the villains into the real world via the Traptanium Portal. Once trapped, players can return the villain to Skylands as a playable character.
This exciting new play pattern gives fans the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero and a villain at any time, creating fun and unique 'tag team' gameplay.
Elementally designed Traps
Themed Trap designs add variety to the collectible Skylanders Trap Team experience.
Each Trap is elementally aligned, letting players capture villains who fall under that element. For instance, when Portal Masters explore the world of Skylands and encounter a water villain, they can insert a water Trap into the Traptanium Portal to capture that villain, as well as bring that villain back into Skylands as a playable character who helps in the fight for good.
With each new trap added to their collection, Portal Masters unlock an exciting world of possibilities!
An exciting new adventure
A brand new group of Skylanders, known as Trap Masters, lead the charge armed with their oversized crystal weapons in the fight against the most wanted villains and returning nemesis Kaos. The game introduces more than 50 new playable Skylanders heroes, including new Trap Master Skylanders, new core Skylanders, and reposed fan-favourite Skylanders.
Skylanders Trap Team delivers a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience, filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities, platforming, and drop-in/drop-out co-op play, all set within a variety of compelling new environments. With each addition to their Trap Team collection, Portal Masters unlock exciting new gameplay possibilities within each level, and seasoned fans can play with their entire collection of 175 forward-compatible characters from Skylanders SWAP Force, Skylanders Giants, and Skylanders Spyro's Adventure.
Top customer reviews
1. The blue figure that is included Snap Shot is a "Trap Master" - I was unaware that certain characters were more powerful and were the only ones that could access certain portals and so he only got the one with the set. It is worth I think investing in a couple of different Trap Masters, rather than getting loads of cheap smaller figures. From what I can tell there is one Trap Master per element.
2. To have access to the bad guys that you defeat and trap you need at least one of each "element" of trap. The game comes with life & water. There is also tech, magic, earth, undead, air & kaos. Kaos is for one character only and is hard to come across and is quite expensive, even second hand on ebay.
3. The set comes with a tray that has loads of character names and an element symbol for you to place and store your traps - in the game when you defeat a character and trap them you can access them in a locked area in the main part of the game. You can swap the character in the trap and play them during game play, but you can only change them at this location, so you cannot change them. You can however get around this by getting more than one trap of the same element. There are different design tops, ie some are wings, a face or a sword, so there is a collectable element to the traps as well.
There is also a few other details worth knowing -
4 Its worth having at least one figure from each element - some characters work better in different locations.
5. The figures are compatible with other platforms - so you can use the figures on a ps4 and then use it on a Wii for example. You just need the game disc & portal.
6. Characters from Spyros Adventure, Giants & Swap Force will all work on this game along with trap team figures - superchargers for example will not work because it is a newer game.
The things that I see that I think have been thought out and are a good way of incorporating the figures in the game are that the transition between characters is smooth, the graphics are good and when you are playing with a trap in game play the trapped character yells from the portal and then the sound of their voice slowly fades out and fades into your tv speakers. Its a really clever way of making it seem as if they are actually in that little trap. The characters are varied, I think it would be ideal for boys or girls.
My main issue with it is the cost - I purchased this just as superchargers came up - currently many superchargers are selling for around 25.00 each, which seems ridiculous to me. I do like that you can carry on using the figures, but it is such a costly game. This is slightly better than the previous versions in that you do get "free" characters when you trap a bad guy - but you have to buy the trap to get the character - so its not exactly free. Even buying it a lower price after buying the characters we've spent a fortune - have a look on ebay for bundles of the figures because they work second hand and its significantly cheaper.
Overall, if your children like games like lego and like pokemon it would be an ideal game for you - but be prepared for it to cost a lot, even if you do buy it second hand. My son loves it, hes been engrossed in it since he got it and is now saying all he wants for his birthday is Skylanders. I'm happy just to see him getting excited about something new (and not lego!)
This edition has a new play portal (the thing you stand the toys on), which has the addition of a slot for 'keys' which add a new element over previous game instalments. In the starter pack you get the game disk, the trap portal, two keys, and two play characters, one of which is a Trap Master - allowing it to do some things other characters can't do.
You can play as a single player, or add a controller for two players, who then collaborate on the same screen - this is interesting, as they can't be too far apart at any time.
The main new things here... You can catch the villains in your traps - putting them into the element themed keys (so you need more of these to do everything in the game). Also, once you have caught a baddie, you have the option to switch to playing as them too. Fun, for sure, and there are likely to be areas of the game where this helps (not found by us yet, but it is early days).
Characters from previous game instalments (all series) work with this one. They can't do all the things the new ones do, but more than enough to make them worth using, and adding life to any prior investment in the series.
Of course, to get to all those hard to reach areas and catch everything, you will need to buy more characters, so there's a potential ongoing expense, but by now most people buying this know that?
As a family we are recent additions to the players of these - our daughter is five, and just becoming interested in games like this.
We'd originally not bought Skylanders as we'd got Disney Infinity, and assumed they were similar. They both have the collecting element, and characters placed on a play area, but actually, the games are quite different, as is the two player experience - the Disney game uses split screen. Both are enjoyable, and both new games are backward compatible with old characters.
We bought ours for PS4, it looks good, but I doubt it's much different to any other version, with clean simple, but effective graphics throughout. A fun game, and one which will last a bit longer with the ongoing characters added with pocket money in the coming months.