Transformers: Earth Wars

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple yet amusing strategy game for Transformers fans.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls, but game difficulty ramps up.

Violence

Though characters use guns, missiles, melee weapons against their enemies, there's no blood, gore, dismemberment.

Sex
Language

Text chat between players is unmoderated.

Consumerism

Players use real-world money to buy base-improving items, but option to buy items can be disabled. Based on popular franchise that's covered games, movies, TV shows, more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Transformers: Earth Wars is a strategy game that has the Autobots and Decepticons battling it out, again, for world domination. Like in the cartoons, movies, comics, and everything else in the Transformers-verse, there's no inappropriate content. That said, the game does feature unmonitored text chatting between players. Players can use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to buy playable characters and items used to upgrade their base, though the ability to buy in-game currency can be disabled. Parents should also know there are numerous Transformers toys, comics, videos, T-shirts, and other merchandise. Read the app's privacy policy in the "Help" section of the game's "Options" menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byPlanetX December 29, 2017

Worst game

Really not worth it except the graphics...Same storyline, same motion, same battles....So monotonous with same characters all over again. Don't bother. The... Continue reading

What's it about?

Like everything in the Transformers saga, TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS once again has the Autobots and Decepticons fighting for control of the Earth -- except this time they're battling in a more strategic manner. Also, rather than do their own dirty work, players send their Transformers off to fight their battles for them, which they do autonomously, though you can heal them or command them to employ special attacks as a barrage of missiles in mid-battle. Players also have to build and maintain their bases, which is where they get the necessary supplies needed to bring in more of their allies. Just beware: The other side may attack, impeding your plans for world domination.

Is it any good?

Like other strategy games based on franchises, this is more for fans of the original cartoon and toys than for hard-core strategy fans. Transformers: Earth Wars once again finds the Autobots and Decepticons fighting for control of the planet -- except that instead of playing as one of these robots in disguise, you're more like their commanding officer, sending them off to attack an enemy stronghold while you sit back and enjoy the show. Sure, you can heal them if they get too damaged and even tell them when to shoot missiles and at what. But for the most part, you're more general than grunt. You're also like a city planner, since you have to decide how to build your base, which is where you earn the necessary items needed to bring in more soldiers ... who you'll then send into battle. Besides a story mode, which you play solo, gamers can also engage in battles with other players. Sadly, hard-core strategy fans will find this game a bit too simple and maybe even a bit too cartoony. Still others will feel it doesn't add anything new to this kind of game, save for giant robots who can turn into sports cars and 18-wheelers. But if you like relatively simple strategy games and Transformers, especially their cartoons, Transformers: Earth Wars will task your planning prowess nicely.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference that you're fighting robots instead of humans?

  • Talk about perspective. Does it make a difference that you play this game from an aerial perspective? How does this change your view of the violence?

  • Discuss budgeting money. Do you think you need to spend a lot of money on this game, buying new characters and upgrades? Or can you just wait until you earn the money?

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