TRANSFORMERS G1: Awakening [rating: 4.5/5]
Ask most people under 20 these days what Transformers mean to them and they will answer that it’s a Michael Bay movie starring robots and Shia Labeouf, however, for those over 20 and with a love of animated cartoons it will always be the animated series that started in the early 80’s as a stalwart of Saturday morning children’s TV. And it’s from this era that TRANSFORMERS G1: Awakening for iPhone is inspired from.
For those of you that were addicted to Advance Wars on the Game Boy Advance you will feel perfectly at home here, and if you are a fan of both I suggest you notify those nearest and dearest to you that they may not see you for a while!
As we come to expect from Glu Mobile the game looks great, the in game graphics are small enough to fit plenty on the screen and yet still show great detail while the cut scenes will have Transformers fans drooling onto their iPhone/iPod Touches. One of my favorite parts is the sound when the Transformers transform, it’s a small thing but implemented so well that it never tires.
Talking of Transformers all of the characters are here for you to enjoy, from Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to Ratchet and Grimlock all looking great in their shrunken as the move around the small Sim like world. Navigation of your characters is via the touch screen and you can zoom in and out using the standard two finger iPhone shuffle and you’ll need to do this as accurately picking your characters movement when zoomed out can be difficult.
You can move further in vehicle form but can’t attack and so you’ll need to plan ahead and balance your actions. If you do find yourself under attack while in vehicle form your defenses are slightly better as they will be should you stop in ground that has natural coverage such as trees or mountains so planning your movements ahead of time is key to you success, in fact it’s kind of like chess with robots!
When you do battle though the game jumps to full screen animation and you get to see the battles take place full screen. These also look really good although they do get a little repetitive, luckily though you can skip through them at any time should you wish too.
The game goes into a lot of detail and you can check your Transformer stats at anytime and compare them to any potential Transformers that you are considering batting. The storyline is also authentic and strong too keeping in line with the original storyline back in the 80’s which will make the fan boys happy and keep newbies to the Transformers story entertained.
There are three game styles to play, the main Story Mode allows you take part in the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons while in Showdown mode you can go head to head against the Decepticons in a battle to the death. Finally there is the Cybertron Arena where you can play against the AI or a friend to determine the biggest and best in the ultimate last man standing battle. The one thing missing is the ability to play the game over the internet that could eat away even more hours of you life!
If you are a fan of the Transformers you will love this game. If you love turn-based tactics games you will also want to add this game to your collection and subsequently if you are a fan of both you will quite possible need to lie down just in anticipation of this game.
- Original Transformers Goodness
- Looks great
- Plays perfectly
The Not So Good
- Can be tricky to navigate in crowded areas
- No online multi-player
Reviewed By: Craig Willis