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New Skylanders Trap Team

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Skylanders Trap Team has just been announced and there is a bewildering array of information online. Here’s our introduction to the game,  along with family tips on the new game.

If you’ve not come across it before, Skylanders is a video-game that uses toy figures to access in game characters. This cross over between video-games and toys has become very popular over the last few years. This means that you can play the game, but also collect the toy figures and play with them on the living room floor.

 

Skylanders Trap Team is the fourth of the Skylanders games in this genre. Other similar titles include Disney Infinity, Angry Birds Telepods and the recent Furby Boom apps.

 

 

UPDATE 6th May   – Toys R Us UK Confirm Legendary Characters 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE 26th April – What We Know So Far

 

 

 

The new Trap Team game will come in a Starter Pack on the 3DS, Wii, Wii U, 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. This Starter Pack includes the following items:

Trap Team has a new play mechanic where you can collect 40 different villain characters by defeating them and inserting a new Trap toy into the portal. The villains can then be turned good and used to fight the remaining bad guys. 

 

 

In an interview with Jeff Poffenbarger at the announcement event for Skylanders Trap Team we found out more about how the new portal and different figures work together. He also explained why a new portal was needed this year and about the developers aim of creating a balance of male and female characters. In a previous iteration of Skylanders – Swap Force – the main figures have only been male.

 

 

The new game will support all the previous Skylanders from the older games as well as offering 50 new figures. Parents should note that the additional figures (while collectable) are optional extras. The majority of the game will be accessible with the Starter Pack and a handful of toy figures.

Skylanders Trap Team will release in the UK on 10th October 2014. The game isn’t yet PEGI rated.

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Reviews

Review of the New Minecraft Books

 

FamilyGamerTV brings you a review of the new Minecraft books, from Egmont. We were pleased to see that the publisher engaged the Minecraft community, with the likes of FyreUK being consulted on building projects. Also mentioned are builds by Salmon77, halfdemonandbu, sir_beret, geroom nefashus, Heaven_Lord, CrespoChimp and iHDVibeZz. 

 

Although the books are due to be released until early April, it seems some retailers will be getting theirs early so keep your eyes peeled in store (and soon after on eBay).

 

 

 

The official Minecraft Construction Handbook is packed with tips and step-by-step instructions from master build team FyreUK. There’s nothing that can’t be built in Minecraft, but with so many possibilities, it’s hard to know where to start. Readers can study how to construct houses, bridges, ships, floating islands and rollercoasters of the highest quality.

Phil and Matt, FyreUK, contributors to the Minecraft Constuction Handbook said:

 

“We’ve had an awesome time working on this book – we’re passionate about sharing Minecraft techniques and builds, whether through our YouTube videos or the Egmont books. We’ve worked on step-by-step guides for the Construction Handbook, detailing how to create some of the most amazing things in Minecraft. From multi-story houses, to bridges and much, much more, readers can learn techniques used by some of the best builders in Minecraft.”

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Science, Nature and Tech

Resources to Create Your Own Video Game

create your own video game

Recently our editor Lynn visited Dare To Be Digital, a games fair in Dundee to find out a bit about gaming, and how kids can get involved. This week we will feature tips from successful women in the games industry, and information about where to start looking at a career in games, starting today with a feature on how to create your own video game. 

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