Transformers: The Game

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
Transformers: The Game Game Poster Image
A short action game for fans of the film.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

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

Violence

It's machines fighting machines.

Sex
Language
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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywiiizkewl April 9, 2008

Bury this game under gunpowder crafted boulders, gas, and fire

Awful game on the wii. The way you must fight is impossible, swing the wiimote to fight is normally not a problem, but, in this game, it controls the camera as... Continue reading
Adult Written bymrbob April 9, 2008

yeah...

Just another movie game, not likely to work out well with ht echaracters in its form. It's not worth buying.
Kid, 9 years old July 18, 2016

I really love it (not literally !)

This game is really good and has great graphics. I have been a fan of transformers since 6 and have watched all the movies and have most of the toys. ITS GREAT
Kid, 9 years old April 28, 2012

Good game

This game is a game for any age when you play as a autobot you can cause violence and I mean massive amount of violence but this game is okay for any age

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate