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Transformers Animated: The Game Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Who knew that Blizzard's Lost Vikings franchise would be the perfect template for the Transformers? Although this game is based on the new animated series, Transformers Animated: The Game has a solid single-player campaign that will test both your reflexes and your brain. When was the last time you said that about a game based on a Saturday morning cartoon? Rating: 57%
Transformers Animated: The Game
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Although I'm sure I'll get plenty of emails about it, I'm not afraid to admit that I didn't know there was a new Transformers cartoon. As a thirty year old guy, I grew up loving the Autobots and Decepticons, so it doesn't surprise me that an entirely new group of robot-loving kids are getting a chance to watch these Transformers duke it out. Considering the success of the recent live action movie, I guess I shouldn't be shocked by any of this. Still, I couldn't help but be a little shocked at the cover artwork and the fact that I didn't see this cartoon coming.

I'll tell you what does surprise me - the fact that this game isn't all that bad. Had I simply based my opinion on the cover art I can tell you right now that it wouldn't have received a very high score. However, now that I've played through the lengthy single-player campaign, I'm happy to say that there is a solid action game on this small little Nintendo DS card. It may not be the Transformers game fans of the robots have been waiting for, but it's a worthwhile portable game that is a lot better than you might expect judging by the box.

Transformers Animated: The Game (Nintendo DS)

Transformers Animated: The Game tells the story of a nefarious plan by the evil Megatron to use some sort of space bridge to warp to Cybertron and cause havoc. Actually, you know what, the story isn't all that important. Let's face it, all of these Transformers cartoons come down to the good guys (the Autobots) fighting the bad guys (the Decepticons). This is no different here, only this time around you get to control the action. There is a story here, but it's about as simple as a Saturday morning cartoon ... which is appropriate since that's what it's based on.

The game is split up into two completely different types of games, one that of the action/puzzle variety and one that is more of a 3D racing game. The bulk of the game has you switching between three different characters, Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Optimus Prime. Unlike most 2D action games, Transformers Animated has all three of the characters in each level, making you switch between them to successfully complete the stage. Each of the three characters has their own unique abilities, which comes in handy when trying to navigate your way around the different levels. For example, Bumblebee is able to jump and use his electricity to power elevators and doors, Bulkhead is a powerful character that can move heavy objects and punch through doors, and Optimus Prime can use a grappling hook-like device to climb to places the other two can't reach. In order to complete each level you're going to have to cycle through these characters and solve the various puzzles.

Fans of old Blizzard games will probably think that this all sounds very familiar, because the core puzzle solving gameplay is basically a huge rip-off (or, perhaps, homage) to the Lost Viking franchise. Personally I liked it, the puzzle solving aspects really work well in this game and it's great to see that the developers didn't simply reduce the Transformers franchise to something as simple as a 2D shooter or beat-em-up. Still, as cool as these levels are, it's hard not to notice that there's very little actual transforming going on.
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