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Skylanders Trap Team - (by Activision Publishing, Inc.)

08-12-2014, 10:17 AM
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Skylanders Trap Team - (by Activision Publishing, Inc.)

Skylanders Trap Team takes toy-enhanced game to tablets

Activision has announced that for the first time it is releasing one of the main games in its Skylanders series for tablets as well as consoles.

The tablet app is free, but must be paired with a new version of the publisher's add-on Traptanium Portal base to access the whole game.

As with other titles in the series, extra content and powers are unlocked by placing Skylanders toys on the base.

The US publisher pioneered the "toys-to-life" genre in 2011.

Since then, the franchise's games and figurines have generated more than $2bn (1.2bn) worth of sales.

But the company is now facing growing competition from Disney's Infinity game, which is about to release Marvel playsets featuring characters that appeared in its Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

Lego and Nintendo have also announced plans to release their own "smart toys", which will interact with their respective video game franchises.

Activision said the iPad, Android and Kindle Fire versions of Skylanders Trap Team would offer the same contents and level of graphics found on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game when they are all released in October.

"This looks like a really smart move, both in terms of strengthening the Skylanders brand against rivals and also for the way it targets the young market that is predominantly gaming on tablet devices," commented Guy Cocker, a video games writer for Wired and T3 magazines.

"It's good that existing toys work with the tablets, but having to buy another portal is asking quite a lot of parents who've probably already bought other versions.

"Skylanders is a great game, but I worry about how much it costs parents over time."

Games controller
Skylanders figurines feature radio-frequency identification chips in their stands, which allow them to interact with the portal, which acts as a RFID reader/writer.

In addition to unlocking in-game content, the figurines can also be used to store data. This allows players to save progress, take the toy to a friend's home, and then continue playing using a separate device.

The tablet version of the portal connects to the touchscreen computers via Bluetooth, unlike the console versions that use a USB cable or special dongle.

Disney is releasing Guardians of the Galaxy toys for its rival Infinity video game
The new base also includes a detachable games pad designed for the size of a child's hands to allow them precision control.

But the title can also be played using touch controls that appear on the tablets' screens when the game pad is turned off.

The portal will be sold as part of a starter pack costing 65 that also includes two Skylanders toys and two "traps", which can be used to capture in-game enemies that can subsequently be played with.

A further two characters are built into the app, so that it can be used even when not connected to the base.

However, parents are likely to come under pressure to buy more figurines to open up extra areas in the game and add powers.

Skylanders Trap Team introduces more than 50 new playable characters bringing the total to more than 225, each costing 9 or more.
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08-13-2014, 01:10 AM
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Video is recorded as not to iPad, iPhone?
08-14-2014, 06:29 PM
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So hyped about this. I love the Skylander console and 3ds games, and love the fact that I can have the newest game on my ipad AND all the previous characters will work in it.

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08-15-2014, 05:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Grizzly View Post
So hyped about this. I love the Skylander console and 3ds games, and love the fact that I can have the newest game on my ipad AND all the previous characters will work in it.
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