Version Reviewed: 1.1.8
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Ever played an Angry Birds game and wished you could just shoot everything that moves? Possibly not. It’s certainly never occurred to me or any of the Angry Birds fans I’ve asked in recent days. Still, that hasn’t stopped the arrival of Angry Birds Transformers - a game that deviates from the usual format and is actually quite fun thanks to that. Don’t expect to progress too quickly though, as timers seek to slow you down.
Part auto-runner, part side-scrolling shoot-em-up, you control one of many Transformers as they stop the EggBots by taking out their platforms. Instead of flinging birds at your enemies you shoot at them, aiming for weak points in order to vanquish them. It’s simply done, with you tapping to create a reticule.
Each level is much the same meaning that Angry Birds Transformers can get a little repetitive, but it’s often fun. At times you can transform in order to duck under obstacles coming your way, which ensures you keep your wits about you. Each level is also pretty brief so it’s an easy game to dip into for a few minutes here or there.
Indeed, Angry Birds Transformers doesn’t really lend itself to extended sessions due to its many timers. You can upgrade your transformer, gaining more health and so forth, but it takes time. Similarly, unlocking new areas involves waiting it out too. After a while these timers become quite intrusive and will put you off the game a little. It’s an unfortunate side effect given that Angry Birds Transformers is pretty fun when there’s something to do.
The beauty here is in forming a team of your favorite heroes or villains and steadily leveling-up, rather than feeling as if the game itself evolves to any lofty height of greatness. It’s quite the departure for the Angry Birds franchise but you’ll be pleasantly surprised how it works out, assuming you get past those timers.