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Review: Transformers G1 - Awakening

February 28, 2010 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 12:46 AM

Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2.1 or later
Version: 1.1

What's good: Here's a question for you. What happens when you take the basic structure and play of Front Mission, combine it with the accessibility of Advance Wars, and mix in a whole lot of Autobot? Quite simple really, you get Transformers G1 – Awakening. While a turn based strategy role playing game might not be the most obvious choice for a game taking its cues from the classic eighties cartoon show of the same name, Glu Mobile has done a good job transferring the world of Optimus Prime and Megatron to the small screen with this title. Capturing the visual style and ever so camp atmosphere of the series, TG1A practically oozes with fondness for its source material. Bumblebee is scrappy, Soundwave is sinister and Optimus is the hero you always imagined he was as a child. There's an overall feeling of high quality from what is essentially a cheap to produce license based title and it's great to see a developer take the high road for once.

Mechanically, this is standard SRPG stuff (albeit with a high level of polish), the player takes their turn to position squad members, make necessary actions – such as transforming for mobility, repairing to regain health or initiating combat – the round ends and it's the enemies turn to do the same. Victory comes from defeating all the bad guys on the battlefield or capturing enough of the game's main resource, Energon. Play is fluid and fairly fast, thanks to a very intuitive control scheme and slick in-game loads.

There are several modes on offer which ultimately boil down to you doing the same as the main course of this mechanical meal, the story mode, which while pretty standard Transformers stuff, is just enough to provide a decent framework within which to base a variety of missions and objectives across a number of landscapes.

There's no disguising it then, these robots are well worth your money and fans of the series should pick this up without hesitation.

Suggestions for improvement: The game makes a lot of assumptions about the player, so don't expect it to teach you even the most basic of strategy tactics, nor particularly fill you in on exactly who Grimlock is. The front end is also exceptionally slow to navigate and initial load times can become irritating though, again, once you're in a game this issue is non-existant.

Breakdown:
Graphics - 5/5 Creativity - 3/5 Gameplay - 4/5 Controls - 4/5
App-reciation - 4/5



This article was written by Peter Willington, a freelance video games critic from the UK. Apart from writing for App-reciation Reviews on a part-time basis, Peter is currently a contributing editor for MidlifeGamer.net and runs inretrospectpodcast.com.

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