Those of you who do not own consoles, but also enjoy the Skylanders games are in for a real treat. Activision is offering a starter pack for tablets, in addition to standard consoles.
Some say tablets and smartphones have been encroaching on dedicated console territory for a while now. The developers of the Skylanders games, Toys for Bob, have decided to try to snag of piece of the mobile pie. Their president, Paul Reiche, said the following to the BBC:
We know we have a huge audience of kids that are gaming almost exclusively on tablets. I feel like this is a legitimate audience for us to address. We really wanted to make sure that we could invest and give a complete ‘triple-A’ [big budget] choice that is one-to-one with our consoles.
The tablet starter pack, pictured above, includes the same figurines and portal as the console packs for the same price. The big difference is the bluetooth controller, which will give consumers more-or-less the same controls as consoles. The game’s app will be available for free on iOS, Android, and Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices (though you’ll still need the figurines and portal to get anything out of the game).
Skylanders Trap Team launches on October 5th for Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and of course, tablets.
This one could go either way. I can see it being very successful, but I can also see it failing miserably. Either way, Activision is going to make a boatload of money, so even if the tablet versions flops, they’ll be wiping their tears with Benjamin Franklins. I will say, though, that off-brand controllers almost always suck. So we’ll just have to wait and see.