Parents' Guide to

Transformers: Battlegrounds

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Average game for die-hard fans or strategy newcomers only.

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This turn-based strategy game isn't a mess, but it isn't a "must-play" adventure. In fact, only Transformers fans who enjoy turn-based tactics will get more from Transformers: Battlegrounds than the average gamer. In case you haven't played a tactical strategy game before, you'll exploit your character's strengths, your enemy's weaknesses, and the map you're on to successfully complete the round. The strategy comes in by deciding how many Action Points to spend for special attacks, as well as when and whom you use them, or if you should spend the time defensively. You can also calculate how much Energon you'll gain -- with every move and attack -- in which you'll have to spend.

The system works well for the most part, but the gameplay isn't anywhere near as sticky as other tactical games, perhaps because it's nowhere near as challenging (along with its questionable enemy artificial intelligence). Plus, as you evolve from one location to another, not much changes in your strategy (it's more of a visual rather than tactical difference). At least it's great to earn Spark Points after completing missions, which you can spend in-game on unlocking and equipping new abilities. like Fire Breath or Stormfall (windblade attacks). Unfortunately, the game also suffers from some technical issues (frame rate issues), as well as poor writing and voice acting. Hovering just above mediocrity, Transformers: Battlegrounds may be ok for younger or more novice gamers who love the franchise, but everyone else shouldn't expect much depth and replayability here.

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