There is a fact in
the gaming world that most games based on films are quite mediocre
but every now and then a game will break that mould. Unfortunately
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is not that game and mirrors
the new movie well, for all the wrong reasons.
If you have not seen
the latest Transformers movie, it's quite a disturbing film that
contains an overtly ridiculous plot with in your face action that is
often too hard to see and then elements of a Victoria's Secret
catalogue, thanks to Rosie Huntington-Whitely, not that we're
complaining about that. Just like the movie which the game is based,
the Autobots must stop the Decepticons and the story is progressed
through text boxes as opposed to voice acting which does make the
title a little budget.
With that said,
Transformers: Dark of the Moon isn't a bad game per se but rather
it's more an unimaginative game and doesn't offer the iPad or
iPhone/iPod Touch anything new. In essence, it's basically a third
person button masher as you control Optimus Prime and Bumblebee to
stop the nefarious actions of the the Decepticons. As the game is
based on the movie, you will explore familiar areas from the film
such as Chernobyl to Chicago as you attempt to beat the absolutely
living daylights out of your enemies.
engaging in the main gameplay mode, there is a tutorial that you
must first complete which does teach you the basics of navigating
your Transformers in this virtual world, including combat. As the
game is a top down view, the game uses a virtual thumb stick to
control your Autobots which at times is a little fiddle some as the
accuracy sometimes goes a little afoul.
becomes an issue when you are surrounded by Decepticons as you are
valiantly trying to move. You also have access to a variety of
weapons that range from the Photon Burst Rifle to the Fusion Cannon
that does give some incentive to finish the title as the more
powerful weapons are a treat to use.
Even though the
control system is a little fiddle some, the highlight of
Transformers: Dark of the Moon are the vehicles which you can
transform into. If you're playing Bumblebee, you have access to the
yellow car the Chevy, whereas Optimus has the huge butt kicking
truck. Combat is also quite repetitive as you engage in similar
looking Decepticons and due to the virtual stick, aiming is
sometimes a hit and miss affair. To spice up the combat, there a
variety of boss battles and just when things get exciting, the game
Graphically, the title doesn't look that bad on the iPad and
iPhone/iPod 4, although the texture details are a little basic as
are the environments. The standout features are definitely the
Transformers, especially the way they transform and the weapon
effects. There are some cutscenes thrown into the mix to complete
the way too many text boxes. Sound effects are quite decent and the
musical score sits quietly in the background. It is a shame that
there is no voice acting in the title which would have spiced things
In conclusion, the iPad version of Transformers: Dark of the Moon HD
is the superior version as it is easier to control as opposed to the
quite small screen on the iPhone/iPod Touch. Even so, both games
needed tweaking in terms of controls and some more polishing. It may
not be the best EA game but it sure isn't the worst either.
Unfortunately it's one of those mediocre movie games with standard
graphics and gameplay.