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A new Skylanders game will soon be upon us! Skylanders: Trap Team will release on October 5th for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, WiiU, Wii, and 3DS.

Skylanders is a billion dollar franchise so a new entry will be coming every year for the foreseeable future. Each new title so far has brought with it a new spin on the “toys coming to life” mechanic. First we had Giants, then we had the Swap Force. This time… we get the bad guys.

Trap Team allows players to take command of the Trap Masters, a new kind of Skylander, that can help locate Traptanium zones. They also help the player capture enemy bosses inside crystals. Once trapped they become paragon monsters that can be used by the players. There are forty different monsters in Trap Team that can be captured and collected (including Kaos himself)!

What parents need to buy:

1. A new Starter Pack – The crystal trapping mechanic requires a brand new portal. The other portals you have been using so far can be safely retired. The new one will come with the Starter Pack.

2. Crystals – In order to capture a monster you will need the crystal that matches the corresponding element. Activision and Toys for Bob have made it clear to other outlets that they will not be selling these crystals in blind packs. This means we will be buying them separately for our kids. They haven’t given any word on pricing yet.

3. Trap Masters – These are the new gimmick Skylanders. They are slightly taller than Swap Force characters and have HUGE crystal weapons. One of them (Snap Shot) comes with the Starter Pack.

4. Skylanders – There are, of course, going to be a new set of core Skylanders to collect and play with. Food Fight, for example, comes with the Starter Pack.

What parents need to know:

1. ALL of the original Skylanders that we have purchased for the first three games will be playable in Trap Team. (The new Skylanders, however, will not work with the old games.)

2. The retail starter pack will include a “Traptanium Portal,” two crystal traps, Trap Master Snap Shot, and Food Fight.

3. It is releasing for just about every platform known to man, but the 3DS version will actually be a different game.

Make sure to keep your eyes on our main page for more Skylanders: Trap Team information as it is released! How excited are you and your kids? Sound off in the comments!

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D3 Publisher of America
Rated E for Everyone
Released 07/15/2013

Review based on PS3 version (Available for Xbox 360, WiiU, 3DS, Wii, DS)

Overall Review:

Games based on kid’s movies get a bad rap. They are never given the time in development to really grow and flourish into something original. As a result, most developers just pick a genre and jam in story concepts until the game is “finished.” Considering these games get such a bad rap, I can see why some developers go out of their way to try and think differently and try to avoid doing something obvious.

It’s admirable, but sometimes I think people should just go with a proven concept and focus on execution over innovation. Turbo:Super Stunt Squad is the result of an attempt to do something “different” and suffers for it. The entire game experience is impaled by a shoddy attempt at dodging expectations.

Point blank: I cannot recall a gaming experience in my life that has disappointed me more.

I spent the days while my copy was in transit waiting to play a cart racer. I assumed that it only made sense since it is a licensed title based on the story of a snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500. Cart racing games are a personal favorite of mine. I love just about everything about them, so I figured I was in for a treat… until I started playing.

Turbo Stunt Squad is not a racing game in the least. Instead, it is a trick based game that is not unlike the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series many of us played a decade ago. It feels like a clone, and not a very good one at that.

You control Turbo, or one of his snail friends, as you traverse environments from the movie trying to achieve high scores and complete tasks and challenges. Over time you can customize your snails shell in some interesting ways, but it isn’t really worth the effort involved.

Family Gaming Assessment:

There is some gross humor in the game when you remember that these characters are snails. Rail grinding on a burrito on the floor of a taco stand is funny, but sickening when you think about it.

Aside from that, this game is perfectly acceptable for younger players. In short: If you let them watch the movie, then the game is just fine.

Playability Assessment:

This game is not easy. The tutorial does a good enough job of explaining what buttons to press, but the levels themselves are a challenge because players have to use contextual clues to figure out where to go and how to get there. This isn’t easy for younger players who don’t have a lot of experience with video games.

For illustration, I gave the controls to my oldest son who is 7. He fiddled with the controls for about 5 minutes and then went off to do something else. I was able to hold his attention longer with a game of Civilization V (which is an abstract grand strategy game).

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a Turbo game, then you are far better off downloading Turbo Racing League for your phone or tablet. This game just isn’t worth the trouble.

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