'Skylanders' makes full leap to tablets

Activision's popular toy/game hybrid Skylanders isn't new to the tablet world. Two years ago, the video game publisher launched Skylanders: Cloud Patrol, a simple arcade shooter where players took out waves of enemies.

This fall, the franchise makes an even bigger leap on to tablets with Skylanders: Trap Team. Along with launching for consoles and Nintendo's 3DS, the full version of Trap Team will be available for tablet.

The package includes a Bluetooth-enabled portal that players place their figurines on to bring them to life in the game, as well as a smaller, traditional wireless game controller that fits nicely into the bottom of the portal.

The game will be available for Apple's iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.

Based on a quick demo of Trap Team running on iPad, it definitely seems to pack the full Skylanders experience from consoles. After buying the $74.99 Starter pack, players download an app featuring the full game.

For those new to Trap Team, players use a special material called Traptanium to capture countless villains following a prison outbreak. The updated portal features what looks like a small prison cell where players input a physical trap that is pulled from the game. New Skylander characters come equipped with weapons and gear made of Traptanium to help them easily capture villains.

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For the tablet version, the portal also includes a slot where players can slide a tablet to prop it up and play. The wireless controller is smaller than standard, but feels surprisingly comfortable. Unfortunately, it only works with Skylanders and not other third-party games. Considering standalone tablet controllers are more expensive than the Skylanders package, it seems like a missed opportunity for players also seeking a less expensive controller.

Players that would prefer not to use the wireless controller can switch to touchscreen controls consisting of a virtual thumbstick and buttons.

Skylanders: Trap Team will launch on October 5.


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