Skylanders Trap Team vs Disney Infinity 2.0

Disney Infinity and Skylanders go head-to-head again

There’s two

brand new toys-to-life games out for the new-generation consoles, just

in time to be put on children’s Christmas lists for Santa – Disney Infinity 2.0 and Skylanders Trap Team.

When they were first released in October, both games retailed for around the £50 mark, but thanks to pre-Christmas price incentives the two games are now available for £40 – making them much more affordable for kids (and big kids) this Christmas.

If

you haven’t bought a Disney Infinity or Skylanders game for your

children yet it’s worth knowing what the differences between the two are

before you make that initial investment. You’ll want your

kids to love the game and play for it for months to come.

What’s great about both games is that once you’ve made that initial investment, you can then add more functionality to the games by buying a single new toy.

We’ve

put together a quick guide that should help you make your Disney

Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team decision, including the differences

between the toys themselves, the base, the investment required and of

course theactual games.

Don’t forget to read the full Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity 2.0 reviews for our verdicts on both games too.

How much will it actually cost you?

The most important thing for parents is to work out how much Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity 2.0 will cost you in the long run.

First you need to buy the base game. For Disney Infinity 2.0 you currently have the choice of the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack or the Toy Box Combo Pack, which retail for anywhere between £42 and £47 depending on the platform.

The individual toys for Disney Infinity 2.0 cost £9.50 each, but you can also buy playsets with a pair of toys in and a special playset token for unique missions.

As for Skylanders Trap Team, the prices for the base game have dropped considerably from the RRP of £50 to around £35 for all platforms.

With Trap Team, it’s a bit more complicated. You can buy individual Trap Masters for £13.50, which will unlock new areas of the game. You can also buy the traps for £6 a pop, which will let you trap different types of monsters to play with.

Overall, Skylanders is working out a little cheaper, but there is more stuff to buy with the Activision game. Disney Infinity 2.0 has the recognisable characters on its side though. 

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Basic Premise

On

the surface level, Disney Infinity 2.0 and Skylanders Trap Team offer a

similar experience for gamers. Each come in a starter pack offering a

couple of toy figurines that can be placed on the bundled base to

transport the characters into the game.

The in-game characters

can be levelled up and players can hone their skills for a personalised

play style. Away from the game, you get well-made toys for the children

to use in their imaginary play. Bonus.

But aside from the toys

themselves, there are additional bits of kit that you’ll need to use to

fully utilise both Disney Infinity 2.0 and Skylanders Trap Team. Both

Starter Packs give you a taste of all the necessary gear, but you’ll

need to be prepared for additional purchases when your children decide

they need additional characters, traps, discs or playsets to get more

out of each game.

Skylanders Trap Team requires you to obtain

Elemental Traps. These coloured plastic sword-like pieces allow you to

trap enemies within the storyline, which can then become playable

characters. There’s a special hexagonal slot in the Trap Team base that

these fit into – more on which a little later.

Each colour

corresponds to a different element – water, life, tech, earth and so on –

so your child will need to work out, which traps they need for each

baddie. You get two with the Starter Pack: one life trap and one water

trap.

For Disney Infinity 2.0, beyond the well-known characters

themselves there are plastic discs that unlock Toy Box mini-games and

there are special costume discs that kit your characters out with unique

outfits that supercharge them.

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Characters

For

Disney Infinity 2.0, there’s the allure of the Marvel Super Heroes

Starter Pack, which comes with Thor, Iron Man and Black Widow figurines.

You also get a pair of Toy Box mini game discs and the Marvel Super

Heroes Playset statue, which you’ll need to put on the base to start the

game.

Beyond the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack, Disney

Infinity 2.0 is also getting a Toy Box Starter Pack early next month.

This comes with Merida from Brave and Stitch toys, two different mini

game discs and the appropriate playset statue. Don’t get conned into

buying both Starter Packs though because you will be buying the console

game twice. Pick the stater pack with the characters your kids prefer

and then just buy other figurines seperately.

With the

Skylanders Trap Team Standard Pack, you get the Snap Shot and Food Fight

toys and two  traps – one life and one water trap. If you’re purchasing

the Nintendo 3DS version, the Standard Starter Pack is a little

different, as it comes with Gusto and Barkley toys instead.


In

terms of toy quality, we’d say that Disney Infinity 2.0 has the edge.

The toys are made out of hard matte plastic, with a more pliable,

rubbery plastic used for certain elements like Thor’s cape. The colours

are a little muted though and lack the vibrancy of their Skylanders

counterparts.

Of course, the main appeal of the Disney toys is

that they are characters you and your children will know and love. Even

if it’s not the Marvel crew, there are also Guardians of the Galaxy toys

to be had as well as beloved Disney characters like Donald Duck or even

Princess Jasmine.

As for the Skylanders’ toys, they are vivdly

colour, well detailed and have more mischievous expressions than the

Disney lot. Each one has its very own personalised weapon, which it

wields even in figurine form, making them a little more interesting as

toys.


There

are two different types of Skylander Trap Team toys. There’s your basic

Skylander such as Food Fight, then there’s the Trap Masters, which have

crystal weapons like our friend Snap Shot. These crystal weapon clad

monsters are capable of opening up the Elemental Doors scattered

throughout the world, so you’ll need as many of these as possible to

open up the world.

However, we might add that the crystal

weapons are a little on the pointy side. We know that both Skylanders

Trap Team and Disney Infinity 2.0 are aimed at children six and up and

therefore should know how to handle the things. But, those weapons could

definitely scratch a retina or two if you’re not careful, so be aware

of that when dishing Snap Shot out to your children.

One more

thing is that the Disney Infinity 2.0 toys have a much larger base on

them, which is to make sure they fit properly in the game’s base

station. Although this means the light underneath can shine though when

docked in the base, it can distract from their position as toys a

little.

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Base

The

base systems for Disney Infinity 2.0 and Skylanders Trap Team are the

new bits of kit for both games. The Disney Infinity 2.0 base looks

strikingly similar to that of its predecessor, but it has some internal

tweaks that allow the Infinity 2.0 characters to have skill trees, and

to give those skill trees to characters from the original game.

It’s

a slimline but sturdy piece of kit that has the mark of good build

quality. It allows you to have two characters in place at a time (or one

toy and one toy box mini game disc), meaning Disney Infinity 2.0 allows

co-operative play straight out of the box. Behind the holes for the two

characters, there’s also a smaller space where the playset statue is

positioned.

Despite accommodating all three spaces, the Infinity

2.0 base isn’t huge and won’t take up much space. Plus, it lights up in

an array of colours, filling the translucent playset piece with light

and makes the underside of your characters glow – always a welcome

addition, especially for children.


The Skylanders Trap Team base is a marked difference from any of the previous games – Skylanders: Swap Force, Skylanders: Giants and Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures.

It still has the rounded portion where you need to place the

Skylanders, which glows gently in a range of colours around the

surrounding ring. But, there’s a new extra piece to the base with a

hexagonal hole and a little prison where the speaker hides.

It’s

in that hexagonal hole where the new Traps can be placed and you’ll

hear the trapped baddies being sucked into the little prison as you

capture them. Every so often the trapped monsters will also comment on

the action and call for you to swap them back into the action.

It’s

a nice touch and makes the overall experience feel much more lifelike.

The phrases they call out are also pretty funny and will make both

children and adults chuckle more than once.

Overall, the

Skylanders Trap Team base does lack a little of the finesse of the

Infinity 2.0 base. It’s a little plasticky and quite a bit chunkier than

the Disney version, but we do like the fact that the Skylanders one

makes noises.

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Gameplay

Now

this is where the big differences come in and what will probably define

your purchase if you’re not already sold on one game or the other – the

gameplay.
 
First we’ll tackle Disney Infinity 2.0. There’s a

number of things that Infinity 2.0 tackles well and the major thing is

its portrayal of the three heroes bundled with the Marvel Super Heroes

Starter Pack. Black Widow has some neat martial arts skills; Thor can

batter his way though enemies with his hammer; and Iron Man fights with

his fists or his repulsor rays.
 
Thor and Iron Man can fly and

you’ll be to explore the breadth and height of the game’s version of

Manhattan, which comes complete with Avengers tower. Basically, you feel

like you’re playing with a real super hero, which is a key part of the

Marvel Super Heroes playset.
 
For combat, there is an element of

strategy too, as you’ll be able to utilise the special attack gauge to

add another level to the strong fast-flowing combat. The special attacks

are accessed within each characters Skill Tree, which enables you to

level up your hero’s attacks and other abilities. This is something

totally new to Disney Infinity 2.0 and lets you customise your character

with your particular play style. It’s also a great way to mix up the

gameplay a little.
 
 

The

world itself is far, far larger and taller than any worlds included in

previous Disney Infinity playsets from the first game, but sadly, it

lacks some of the personality and finesse found in Skylanders. It would

seriously benefit from some enemy variety or some enhanced environmental

textures.
 
The same can be said about the story campaign itself.

While the characters are fully fleshed and have voices that you’ll

instantly know and love to hear coming out of your TV, the story

missions lack imagination and more importantly variation.
 
You

can play co-op from the off though, if you’ve got two controllers for

your console – something missing from the original Disney Infinity and

Skylanders Trap Team too.
 
However, slightly mundane story aside,

there is more to Disney Infinity 2.0. You do get two mini-games within

the Starter Pack: one Tower Defence style game and another Guardians of

the Galaxy themed mini-game set in the Kyln prison.
 
But, the

real appeal of Disney Infinity 2.0 is the Toy Box 2.0. Although the

premise of the Infinity 2.0 version is still the same – build your own

little world in an open sandbox and even create your own games – it has

been totally revamped in Toy Box 2.0. There’s an easier way to buy

content directly with your in-game currency aka Blue Sparks, rather than

having your prizes randomised.
 
The main new addition though is

the little helpers or builders who can quickly help you build cities,

racing tracks or other content while you watch. It takes a lot of the

hard work off you, but still lets you have a lot of creative control.

You can also now customise the interior of your houses.

Read our complete Disney Infinity 2.0 review for the full ins-and-outs of gameplay

 

Then

we come to Skylanders Trap Team, which lets you play as both the

Skylanders and the baddies in the game. In the box you get two

Skylanders, Snap Shot and Food Fight. The former is your Trap Master and

you’ll need him when you see piles of Traptanium in the Skylands world

to take them down and access new areas of the map. Food Fight is just a

normal Skylander, but he’s got a rather impressive tomato cannon that is

pretty powerful against enemies, especially when you start upgrading

it.
 
What’s great about Skylanders is you don’t know anything

about the characters or the enemies that you also get to play as. Part

of its appeal is learning about the new Skylanders Trap Team cast and

discovering their unique weapons, personalities, sound tracks and

advantages.
 
The enemies themselves can be a great advantage and

you can switch to any you have trapped mid-battle. Just press the left

trigger and the critter you’ve got trapped in your Elemental Trap

currently docked in your base will come flying into battle. Our

particular favourite is Broccoli Guy, who the adults will appreciate for

his dry humour.
 
Enemies aren’t upgradable in the same way as

the Skylanders. Instead of buying upgrades with the in-game coins, each

has a specific redemption mission to play through. By completing each

enemy’s associated redemption mission, you earn a cool upgrade for your

newly-turned baddy.
 

Compared

to Disney Infinity 2.0, Skylanders Trap Team looks much more like a

new-gen Xbox One and PS4 title. It has slick lighting effects, detailed

textures and is looking more and more like a computer generated cartoon

series than ever before. Even as an adult, I was hooked on the game’s

strong storyline and elaborate cutscenes. Your children will be more

than engrossed in the story and especially the fact that the game

involves you as a player in the game.
 
The levels themselves lack

a little variation, but the focus is on the characters, humour and

storyline rather than the specific locales. There are a few unique

features and some stand out levels, but there’s no really interesting

game mechanics to be seen.
 
The main campaign is complemented by

some new mini-games found within the Skylanders main area. There’s a

little side-scrolling platformer section for example and there’s tonnes

of variation in the redemption missions too, including an Angry

Birds-style destruction level for the enemy known as Sheep Creep.
 
Read our complete Skylanders Trap Team review for the full gameplay details

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Price

Thankfully,

price isn’t going to be one of the deciding factors when it comes to

choosing between Sklanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity 2.0. Both

starter packs come in at around the £50 mark, but it is possible to find

them both a little cheaper if you shop around a bit.

Each of

the Disney Infinity 2.0 playsets give you around 6 – 10 hours of play.

That’s not including the Toy Box or mini games though, which will give

you more to play around with. So you get the Marvel Super Heroes playset

with the Starter Pack and you can then either buy another playset or

just get more characters for your children.

Skylanders vs Disney price
All prices are correct at the time of publishing. You can get all of the above cheaper if you shop around a bit.

When you buy the Skylanders Trap team Starter Pack, you get

the whole game and its various mini games contained on that one disc.

However, to actually get access to the full game, you’ll need to buy at

least seven more Trap Master Skylanders – with their crystal weapons –

to gain access to the Elemental Doors sealing off different areas of the

map and the game’s full potential.

As for the Trap Team

baddies, there are actually 46 that you can trap and play as. Don’t

worry, you won’t need to buy 46 traps in order to capture them all. Just

like the Skylanders, each enemy belongs to one of the elemental groups,

so you’ll need to purchase five more traps beyond the water and life

traps you get with the Starter Pack if you want to trap them all.

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Platforms

Here’s a guide to which consoles support both games. It’s worth noting that for the first time, there’s also a Skylanders Trap Team for Tablet, taking the console Skylanders experience to mobile devices for the first time.

Skylanders vs Disney platforms

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Backwards compatibility

Now,

if you bought into the last generation of Disney Infinity or any of the

previous Skylanders games, you might want to stick with what you

already know.

All existing toys for both Skylanders and Disney

Infinity are compatible with the new games, meaning any you’ve already

got lying about at home will work with the new bases.

With

Disney Infinity 2.0, older toys will even get the new Skill Trees added

to their customisation options, meaning they get a little extra charm

with the new game.

However, you cannot buy any of the new toys

for either game and expect them to work with any existing bases from

previous Skylander games or Disney Infinity 1.0. They are built with the

newer technology and are therefore only compatible with the latest

base.

Disney Infinity 2.0 vs Skylanders Trap Team – Verdict

If

we were coming to the toys-to-life game market for the first time, we’d

have a tough time deciding between Disney Infinity 2.0 and Skylanders

Trap Team. On the one hand, Disney Infinity 2.0 has a string of

recognisable characters and voice actors that makes collecting the whole

set seem very appealing. It also has a full storyline within the

Starter Pack and comes with three toys rather than the Skylanders’ two.

However,

we don’t like the fact that to get more story out of the game we’d have

to buy another playset, which retails around the £30 mark each time.

But, you do always have the immersive Toy Box to while away the hours

with.

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With Skylanders Trap Team, the characters may not be

recognisable, but they ooze with charm and appeal as soon as you start

playing. Children and adults alike will love the comedic and brilliantly

acted storyline, but may not like the fact you need to buy at least

seven more Skylanders Trap Masters to access the full game.

Each

Trap Master does cost around £12 though, so you could get another

couple of hours play out of each purchase, rather than having to spend

£30 each time as with Disney Infinity 2.0.

There isn’t quite as

much to do in Skylanders, but the strength of the storyline and the

animation quality makes us inclined to spend our money there rather than

the Disney alternative.

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