Transformers: The Game

Common Sense Media says

A short action game for fans of the film.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You can play as the good machines or the bad machines.

Violence

It's machines fighting machines.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

It's conveniently timed with the lauch of the movie, and tied into sales of toys. But there aren't any in-game branded products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is rated "Teen" for violence, but most of it is machine versus machine (Decepticon versus Autobot). Transformers can punch, kick, and throw cars at each other; toss enemies into buildings; break off lampposts and swing them like clubs, and so on. There is no blood or gore in the game, not even when you encounter human pedestrians -- the cars simply drive on through without harming them.

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What's it about?

TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME, like the movie upon which it's based, tells of warring robots -- the Autobots (good guys) and Decepticons (bad guys) -- trying to find a powerful artifact, the AllSpark, which is responsible for giving the robots life. To keep it from being used for evil, the AllSpark was jettisoned into space, eventually landing on Earth. Now these dueling robotic races -- also known as "Transformers" because they can manipulate their metallic bodies into vehicles, such as cars, jets, and helicopters -- fight among humans on Earth to be the first to find the AllSpark. This single-player game first lets you choose whether to play as an Autobot or a Decepticon, each with unique environments and missions.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The award-winning game makers at Traveller's Tales (Lego Star Wars series) do a great job of giving you the feeling of controlling enormous machines. Transformers: The Game also features gorgeous graphics -- especially with the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 versions -- but this game doesn't rely on just its good looks to keep you interested.

That said, the game isn't perfect. It is quite short, only offering about seven or eight hours of play. Little strategy is required during combat sequences; a few punches and kicks and the enemy is down. Perhaps the game was geared more toward novice or younger players, but simplistic fighting and a short campaign are not a good combination.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this game would be any good if it wasn't tied to the movie or released at the same time. Does it really extend the brand as interactive entertainment? How does this game tie into the original Hasbro toys that inspired the movie?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2
Price:$39 - $59
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:June 27, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old October 28, 2013
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10
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Transformers The Game

Hard but pretty good
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written byMitchell Charleston June 10, 2013
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12
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One of the best Transformers video games i've ever played.

This game is pretty addictive. I'm a Transformers fan. The levels are pretty cool. I also love the graphics and the action.
Kid, 9 years old November 26, 2012
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9
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LEARNING

Transformers is a got-to-get game.

I love it, its great. No cursing, but it is violent, for example: you shoot rockets at buildings, the they will blow up and catch on fire.
What other families should know
Too much violence

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