Parents' Guide to

Transformers: Earth Wars

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Simple yet amusing strategy game for Transformers fans.

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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.

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