Skylanders Trap Team Coming October 5, 2014

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Today I journeyed down to New York City to see the reveal of the next Skylanders game. Skylanders 4 will be called Skylanders Trap Team. When I first heard this in some leaked information I had no context behind it so I thought the name was a little weird. I suppose that I would have thought the same about Swap Force if I hadn’t seen why it was called that. Now, I know why the game is called Trap Team and it is an incredible idea!

Here’s my interpretation of the game and then I’ll give you the official line:

Skylanders Trap Team Trap Masters Revealed
Me at the event with Wildfire, Snap Shot and Wallop, three new Trap Masters

Skylanders are back in the 4th installment and this time around instead of placing characters onto the portal of power and bringing them to life in Skylands, which you can still do, you pull characters out of the game into the real world. Specifically villains that have escaped the Cloudcracker prison with a little help from Kaos. Kaos blows up the prison which is made of Traptanium(TM) and not only frees the villains but send the Trapmasters (a new group of skylanders) to our world along with shards of Traptanium(TM) can can be used on the brand new portal of power to trap the villains. However, this does not take them out of the game, in fact it brings the character back into the game but this time on the side of good. “Trap Evil, Unleash Good” is the tagline.

When a kid (or adult like me) traps a villain that villain gets sucked into the trap and talks through the speaker in the new portal. The talking is synchronized to lights and sounds so as to add even more of a feeling of the villain actually being trapped in the crystal trap. I’ve been told that the talk to you while you are playing, too. Like say, if you don’t use them often they may tease you a bit. You can have a Skylander on the portal and a villain in the trap and use them as sort of a “Tag Team” if you will (being careful not to say swap, since these are not swapable characters). But you can instantly cycle between the trapped villain and the Skylander for some great tag team moves. For instance using a villian named “Chill Bill” who can freeze baddies and then an Earth Skylander TrapMaster named Wallop to smash them to shards with his double oversized Crystal hammers.

Skylanders Trap Team Trap Masters
More photos of Trap Masters Wildfire, Snap Shot and Wallop plus new core character Food Fight

My entire collection of Skylanders is playable in this game. Every single one of them. That is fantastic!

Oh, and one of the playable villains is… Kaos!

I cannot wait to play on October 5, 2014 when the game is released.

Here are the facts from the Press Team:

Skylanders® is redefining the toys-to-life phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap Team(TM). In previous Skylanders games, we brought physical toys to life inside the game. With Skylanders Trap Team, we are reversing the magic 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 TraptaniumTM 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!

Skylanders Trap Team introduces a ground-breaking innovation that lets Portal Masters “trap” the most wanted villains in Skylands and then play as them in the game in the battle for good. The game offers an unprecedented new addition to the game’s play pattern in the form of Traptanium Traps. When this new type of toy is placed directly into the Traptanium Portal(TM), Portal Masters can “capture” a variety of special villains from the game and magically transport them from Skylands into the real world.

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 the toys to life category 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 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 and capture them inside the new Traps that 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 or 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!

New Cast of Characters –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
• Reposed, fan-favorite Skylanders

Exciting New Adventure – Skylanders Trap Team features an all new adventure-filled story with fun and interesting new characters as well as returning franchise favorites. The game 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 new compelling environments. With each new addition to their Trap Team collection, Portal Masters unlock exciting new gameplay possibilities within each level. Seasoned fans can play Skylanders Trap Team with their entire collection of 175 forward compatible characters from Skylanders SWAP Force(TM), Skylanders Giants(TM) and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure®.

And don’t forget to pre-order Skylanders Trap Team which will be released on October 5, 2014. You can order through my Amazon (affiliate) widget.

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