Transformers Prime: The Game
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Ideal for fans of the TV show, packed with frenetic action.
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Transformers Prime: The Game wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
The game is about the Hasbro Transformers characters -- a good versus evil tale between rival robotic races. Kids can play as either the Autobots or Decepticons in the multiplayer modes, so they can be both good and bad.
Positive Role Models
As with the television series and movies of the same name, Transformers lets you play as the "good guys" in the single-player game, including Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Autobot Ratchet, and Bulkhead. These transformable robots want to defend the universe and will often team up to help one another. But players can also play as the Decepticons in the multiplayer mode (played on the same television).
Ease of Play
Transformers Prime: The Game is easy to control in the Nintendo Wii version reviewed for Common Sense Media ( the game is also on Wii U, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS). Some experience with the wireless Wii Remote, a motion-sensing controller, will help you to better control your character.
Violence & Scariness
The game is built heavily on fantasy violence. Whether in robot or vehicle form, players can use laser beams, rockets, and energy swords to destroy enemies, as well as punching and kicking enemy robots. The fallen enemies often shout or cry in pain and they explode and disappear to suggest death. There is no blood or gore in this game but there is lots of cartoon violence.
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This is a game based on a franchise that includes toys, TV show, and movies. It can be seen as a way of marketing the brand.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Transformers Prime: The Game is a video game based on a television series of the same name. It's quite violent, but it's clearly not realistic. You can play as alien robots that can transform into a vehicle (and back again), and the over-the-top battles are against other alien robots with special powers, too. The game focuses heavily on fantasy violence. There's no blood or gore in the game. Multiplayer on the same console is available.
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What’s It About?
Based on the animated television series Transformers Prime, TRANSFORMERS PRIME: THE GAME chronicles the intergalactic struggle between the Autobots and Decepticons, two warring alien races that can transform from robot warrior to vehicles. Players can assume the role of their favorite Team Prime member -- such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Autobot Ratchet, Arcee, or Bulkhead -- and engage in brawler-style combat and fierce driving sequences across various outdoor environments. And yes, when you're not facing off against the malevolent Megatron and the Decepticons, you'll be able to interact with familiar human faces like Jack, Miko, and Raf.
Is It Any Good?
Yes, it's a fun and frenetic game that's easy to control, offers multiple characters and modes, and lets gamers battle head-to-head as one of 11 Autobot or Decepticon fighters in multiplayer matches on the same TV. To be fair, the Transformers games to date are hit and miss, but this game stays true to its focus -- a colorful brawler with some racing segments -- and delivers an enjoyable ride for fans of the franchise. It won't win any awards, mind you, but younger fans will no doubt enjoy fist-fighting against baddies, using a number of weapons, and of course, transforming at the right time and place to complete the various missions. Note: The game is also playable on Nintendo's Wii U system and the 3DS. The Nintendo DS version is a different game.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about whether it's OK to be the bad guys in a video game. Do kids like being one of the Decepticons in the multiplayer mode? If so, why?
Families can also discuss how games based on movies and toys help to sell other items that are part of the brand.
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
- Subjects: Science: engineering, gravity, momentum, Language & Reading: following directions, reading
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy, Collaboration: meeting challenges together, Self-Direction: set objectives, time management
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: October 30, 2012
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: August 19, 2022
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