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Skylanders Trap Team: Midnight Museum review

DARK ELEMENTSkylanders Trap Team: Midnight Museum Dark Element cover
Gameplay: 7.5
Graphics: 8.9
Sound: 8.5
Replay Value: 5.5
Overall Score: 8.0Pros: Knight Mare is very cool; creepy, elegant world; decent puzzles.Cons:The new level is way too short

It’s no secret that Skylanders Trap Team is an awesome game. Against stiff competition like Smash Bros., it won Game of the Year in the Boysie Awards.

Just a few weeks ago, Activision released the Dark Element Expansion Pack. It includes a brand new level called Midnight Museum, a new character called Knight Mare and a Dark Trap to snare the villain Nightshade.

Is it worth the price of admission?

The Knight Mare figure, one of two Dark Skylanders, is sleek and wondrous. With her shiny green/black metallic hues and proud, centaur-like stance, she’s an admirable addition to your shelf of Skylanders action figures. But who is she? Like all the other Skylanders, you have to look at the Skylanders website for info. There, you’ll find she became a heroine by saving the world from the curse of the Oracle of Stones.


MidnightMuseum, the new level you’ll play, has nothing to do with Knight Mare’s story. Instead, it’s about catching a villain. Once you place the Midnight Museum figure on your portal, you’re transported into a creepily elegant world full of gargoyles breathing steam and flying cyclopters. Step into the spotlight cast by these flying eyes, and you have to start over again. I believed I could move through some zig-zagging pool of water to avoid them, but out of the water popped a pirhana-like enemy which ate at Knight Mare’s health. I used the Battle Horn ability to stun him and then hit him hard with the giant Flamberge sword.


In MidnightMuseum, you have to trap Nightshade, a slippery, condescending ninja thief whose ego is bigger than his giant belt buckle. As you track him, you’ll find evil laser traps and puzzles to solve that require you to shoot giant pinballs into holes. The final boss battle is exceedingly tricky because you have to find and whack Nightshade amid a crowd of clones. To help, I used the powerful, guitar-wielding werewolf called Wolfgang, a character I’d trapped in the main game.


Yet the level is very short, too short. I was so shocked that it ended in about 40 minutes that I went back to make sure I hadn’t missed something big. That’s bad because everything about Midnight Museum shows the potential for being one of the better Trap Team levels. I really wish I could say the snippet is as good as, say, intricately designed Monster Marsh section in the main game.

But, since the level’s so short, it’s the one hefty negative in a very good package.

12 Comments on Skylanders Trap Team: Midnight Museum review

  1. Too bad they stopped making the light and dark expansions. Pretty weak to abandon a game that is barely a year old.

  2. awesomedude // June 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm // Reply

    I went to target and bought a platium sheep because i thought i would go to sheep wreak island but all it did was turn me into a sheep and then i figured out that i needed an adventure pack witch came with a PORTAL to transport you to sheep wreak island so then i was so mad.

  3. I cant wait for the next, vehicles

  4. I have an expansion pack but cannot enter the midnight museum when i put the midnight museum on the portal. Can anyone help? Have we missed something or is it just not working? It lights up when I put it on the portal which makes me think its working…. Thanks in advance

  5. Angent 2.0 // April 24, 2015 at 7:41 am // Reply

    Skylanders are so AWESOME!!!!!!! I Wish I had that pack. I LOVE capturing villins.

  6. Fish lover // March 25, 2015 at 4:13 pm // Reply

    What game is this😉.

  7. Green Falcon 786 // March 16, 2015 at 6:26 pm // Reply

    Skylanders is the best!

  8. I want this game soooooooo bad.

  9. qwertyuiop // March 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm // Reply


  10. MadPig2000 // March 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm // Reply

    I want to get this so bad!

  11. Skyanders is awful. All the games have the same experience with a larger cost.

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