Unboxing Skylanders Trap Team For iOS And Android
Hang onto your Traptanium as we play with the new Skylanders tablet controller.
Skylanders Trap Team makes its long-awaited debut October 5. Fans not only receive a new game on Skylanders Sunday, but also a variety of toys that compliment the experience, from the cool-looking Trap Masters to the pint-sized Minis. In addition, there's Traptanium, magical stones that work in conjunction with the all-new Portal of Power, which the publisher refers to as the Traptanium Portal. When combined, users can essentially trap bad guys within Traptanium and control these creatures.
What's especially interesting is the iOS (iPad) and Android version. Instead of creating a mini-game for smartphones and tablets, Activision will bring the full console experience to these devices. Shoppers can buy a Starter Pack for $74.99, and all of the new figures work with the included Portal; there's even a physical controller.
With that in mind, we received an early Starter Kit and want to show you what's inside the box. You can pre-order it now through Amazon.
The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit for iOS and Android looks almost exactly like the console bundles with the exception that players don't receive a physical copy of the game. Instead, they'll need to download it from the App Store or Google Play to their corresponding device.
Two Skylanders come with the package, Food Fight (with tomato cannon) and Snap Shot.
Players also get two pieces of Traptanium that match up with these characters. The blue Water Trap goes with Snap Shot, while the green Life Trap is for Food Fight.
Here is the brand-new Traptanium Portal. Instead of a white base, Activision went with a cool semi translucent plastic that resembles black glass.
Turns out, the controller is underneath the Portal for easy storage; AAA batteries included.
It appears the developers took inspiration from Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers, particularly the placement of the analog sticks and face buttons.
However, the Skylanders controller also comes with Sony PlayStation L1/L2 and R1/R2 buttons.
Although we've yet to use it, the controller feels great despite being a little small; you can opt for touchscreen controls if you prefer.
Place a Skylander onto the Portal and then insert some Traptanium. You're almost ready to play!
There's also a Traptanium checklist of sorts, where players can show off their collections.
Similar to previous Skylanders titles, Trap Team comes with a poster that displays the newest toys. We can hear parents gasping in holiday shopping angst.
Before you rush out and buy the tablet version of Skylanders Trap Team, keep this in mind. For Apple users, the game does not support the original iPad Mini, iPad 2 or earlier. On the Android side, you cannot play the game using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 or earlier device, a 2013 Kindle Fire HD or earlier, or Nexus 10 and older. Thankfully, there's a Device Compatibility section on the back of the box.
Personally, we can't wait to experience the game, and will post a review of Skylanders Trap Team next week!
Now take a look at the coolest Skylanders Trap Team toys at Prima Games.