Previous Skylanders games were scaled-down mobile exclusives that couldn’t hold a candle to the full console games, but Skylanders Trap Team (free; $75 starter kit required) is the first to deliver the complete experience on iPad. It’s a robust, attractive, 3D adventure game that offers platform-hopping action and cartoonish combat—basically a full-fledged Xbox or PlayStation game on your tablet.
Of course, Skylanders is all about merging plastic toys with digital gameplay, so you’ll need the starter kit with the Bluetooth portal, NFC-chipped figurines, and a wireless controller. The list price is $75, but we’ve seen it in the $20-40 range of late, so shop around! It’s a very cool experience, especially for kids who haven’t fully graduated from physical toys to video games.