The gameplay is also solid, giving each robot a lot of different actions. While much of the game can be played using nothing more than the D-pad and the face buttons, there are some inspired uses of the touch screen. For example, when playing as Optimus Prime you can direct his powerful battle axe in the direction you want it to go. To do this you click on his character, then drag the stylus all around the level until you have found your target. This allows you to hit objects that would normally be out of reach, something that is crucial to the completion of more than one puzzle. There are other moves that you can do with the stylus, none of which feel tacked on or gimmicky.
One thing I was surprised by was the game's difficulty, which really ramps up towards the end of the game. The puzzles are certainly doable and most of the enemies are push-overs, but at the same time the game has some truly challenging moments. Oddly enough, none of these challenge moments feel unfair. I never had one of those moments where I felt like I didn't want to play again because of the difficulty; each time I lost I went right back in and tried a little harder. Unfortunately there isn't much to do once you've beaten the game's 25 levels, so maybe it's a good thing that the game is a little more challenging than most cartoon-inspired action games.
The truth is that I went in dreading this game, yet by the time I was done with the main story I found myself having a good time. This isn't a completely original experience by any stretch of the imagination, but the Lost Viking-inspired gameplay works well and the puzzles get difficult towards the end of the game. I can't speak to the quality of the animated TV show (though, if this game's cinema scenes are any indication it must be pretty poor), but I can tell you that this is a fun action/puzzle game with some great production values. The graphics are good, the game features voice acting (from the cartoon's cast, no less) and the gameplay is solid. I would have liked to have seen a little more transforming, but this is a good game through and through. Don't let the terrible box art fool you, Transformers Animated: The Game is a lot better than most games inspired by Saturday morning cartoons. Now, won't somebody go back to the 1980s and bring on the real Transformers?
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?
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