Tin Salamunic: If there’s one thing the Skylanders and LEGO franchises prove, it’s that not all kids’ games are shovelware. While both series hardly evolve with each new release, their level of polish and gameplay value are rarely replicated in titles geared towards younger gamers. I’ve played Skylanders since they first launched in 2011 and I still can’t get enough of them. This year’s Skylanders: Trap Team introduces subtle gameplay tweaks, namely the traps, and it makes collecting the charming toys even more alluring. While it offers a fundamentally similar experience to its predecessors, Trap Team is the most refined and visually impressive Skylanders game to date. Whether you’re four or forty, this lovable series continues to awe with beautiful level and creature designs, a great sense of humor and fun, albeit simplistic, gameplay mechanics.