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Transformers Bumblebee Overdrive

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun arcade endless runner game for all Transformers fans.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, but gets increasingly more challenging as you progress.

Violence & Scariness

While players do shoot robots with lasers, there's no blood or gore (or oil spilled).

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Consumerism

Based on the Transformers franchise, which has spawned tv shows, movies, toys, and more. Players can buy new playable characters, or upgrade the ones they have, with in-game currency they earn through playing or with real money.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Transformers Bumblebee Overdrive is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. While it does have Autobots shooting lasers at Decepticons, there's no blood or gore. Using in-game currency earned through playing or purchased with real money, players can purchase new playable characters and upgrade their abilities. The game is also part of a multimedia franchise that includes cartoons, comics, toys, games, and the Bumblebee movie. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

As with everything in the Transformers saga, TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE OVERDRIVE has the little yellow Autobot once again fighting the nasty Decepticons. In this endless runner-esque arcade game, that requires him to weave in and out of traffic, knock his enemies off the road, invade the bad guys' base, and get into laser gun fights with the more notable Decepticons. All of this happens while 'Bee is constantly in motion and always moving forward.

Is it any good?

While it's designed in the style of an old school arcade game, there's nothing dated about this newest Transformers game. In Transformers Bumblebee Overdrive, everyone's favorite yellow Autobot once again has to take on those Decepticon jerks. Except this time, he's kickin' it old school. While constantly moving up the screen, Bumblebee tries to avoid driving into obstacles or his fellow motorists, while knocking bad guys off the road. Then, when he reaches the Decepticons' base, he transforms from a VW Beetle to a bot, and uses his gun like he's in a classic arcade shoot 'em up to bust up the joint and stop the bad guys.

All of this is done with simple touch controls and one finger; you don't even have to pull the trigger, because 'Bee just fires away. But while this may play like a mash-up of some old school games, it never feels old. The roads are not only full of interesting obstacles and hazards, as are the Decepticons' bases, but they seem to be randomly generated as well, which gives this a lot more variety than anything you might have played in the '80s. But, like most old school arcade games, it's the same basic actions over and over from mission to mission. Still, whether you're a fan of the new movie or old enough to remember the original cartoon, you'll have some fun times with Transformers Bumblebee Overdrive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about driving safely. In this game, players weave in and out of traffic and jump over ravines, but does this sound like safe driving to you?

  • Given that you can earn the in-game currency needed to buy new characters and upgrade them, does it make sense to spend a lot of money on this game?

  • This game is coming out around the same time as the Bumblebee movie, so do you think that's a coincidence, or is this a promotional tool to get you to see the movie?

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