If there’s one thing that is done extremely well in the Transformers Franchise – it’s the video games.
Awesome graphics, playability and terrific storylines make these some of the best and most exciting games released on the market. Plus, it’s Transformers! In recent years soem of these games have become incredibly popular, spawning sequels and even toys to match! So we’ll take a look at whats been released over the years, from newest to oldest.
With many newer releases targeting popular consoles like PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii, you can expect some excellent game play and graphics, whilst the older games are targeting consoles like PlayStation (1) & PlayStation 2, Nintendo 64 and going as far back as Commodore 64 - for the fan who wants to remember the classics.
Either way, here’s a brief history on the video games of the Transformers Universe!
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
This game is a sequel to an older one in the same Universe known as War for Cybertron (down the page).
The game is set (and tells the story of) the final day son Cybertron, as the war between Autobots and Decepticons grew and slowly deteriorated the planet to being almost uninhabitable. It touching on the origins of the Dinobots, Combaticons, and Metroplex – in a way different to the cartoon.
As a third person shooter you travel around throughout Cybertron, fighting off your enemies (which depends on which side you play as – Autobot or Decepticon), the story unfolding as you go.
It has a different and darker feel to the usual G1 story,with one of the most visually interesting aspects is the difference in character design, as it shows the Transformers in their Cybertronian form, before arriving on Earth.
Mixed throughout the game is fantastic cinematic that help to tell the story (as in the above trailer), which shows a real attention to detail and makes this a really outstanding game!
It was developed by High Moon Studios, published by Activision. It has both single and multiplayer modes so you can duke it out with your friends!
A top, fun game to play, it is available on: PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Any guesses on what this game is based off?
The series of movie based Transformers Games are vastly popular. It is a 3rd person shooter released in 2011.
It contains a few different features like “Stealth Force” a mode in which the Transformers can use hybrid forms, not being able to transform fully into Robot Mode. Create your own Transformer and level up your character as you play for a more unique game playing experience.
The graphics are smooth and look fantastic, with decent Gameplay and a close tribute to the Michael bay movie. A similar continuation from the first two games based off the movies.
Dark of the Moon was released on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS.
Check out the game trailer below:
Transformers: War for Cybertron
The single & multi-player third person shooter that sets up Fall of Cybertron (above). War for Cybertron introduces Optimus, not yet a Prime, commanding Autobots after the death or Sentinel Prime. Optimus does his best to fight Megatron and his rogue Decepticons as they recruit many followers to their cause.
We see Megatron team up with Starscream, Optimus become a Prime and some other cool events like the activation of Trypticon and Omega Supreme. Lots of nods for the hardcore fans out there!
As with Fall of Cybertron, this game has tremendous graphics and awesome cinematics mixed into a cool and game with some intriguing story telling. War for Cybertron and a few variations (specific to console) were released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS
Check out the trailer below:
Transformers: Prime the Game
Quite obviously based on the television series Transformers Prime, this brawler-style video game came to Nintendo Consoles in 2012. It is both single and multi-player, with a co-operative and competitive mode if you’re playing with friends.
The Autobots once again fight off Decepticons, as the Decepticons uncover an ancient being called Thunderwing. Although you play primarily as a robot, this is the first Transformers game with a playable human character! As usual there are some slick graphics and smooth gameplay, well worth a look.
Available on Nintendo Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS
Check out the Game Trailer below:
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
You can probably guess what inspired the making of this game! Yeah, it was the movie of the same title, surprise!
Like the other movie-based games, Revenge of the Fallen is a third person shooter with both Single and Multiplayer capabilities. Slick graphics and game play as usual, along with separate Autobot and Decepticon campaigns. Some G1 characters are available for download and play in the game also!
Check out the Game Trailer Below:
Transformers G1: Awakening
This G1 inspired game was built for iPhones. Collect Energon, reactivate, repair or upgrade your Autobots and use each characters strengths to defeat the Decepticons!
Over 20 original G1 characters with 17 levels in storymode. There’s a multiplayer option to battle a friend and the game has cool 3D graphics. Not bad for an iPhone game!
Available on iPhone.
Using 3D graphic in a primarily 2D based environment, Transformers Animated is a bit different than the games after it and is mainly a puzzle game. Play as Optimus, Bumblebee, Bulkhead or Prowl through 25 levels or through mission mode. This game is smaller than the usual Transformers games these days, being released in 2008 as a single player game.
It is available for Nintendo DS.
Transformers: The Game
OK, so this should be called’ Transformers: The Movie: The Game’… or maybe not. ’The Game’ is better
This is based on the Live action Transformers movie as it was released around the same time in 2007. Once again a third person shooter with single and multiplayer modes, using the Autobot / Decepticon Campaigns for single player. Another good game for the TF fan, although starting to get a little old these days!
This game is available on XBox 360, Playstation 2 & 3, PSP and Nintendo Wii
This is one cool game! Based off the Transformers Armada (or Unicron Trilogy) universe. With an awesome back story and fantastic cinematics this game is pure fun for the Transformers fan. It’s a third person shooter, but with only a single player mode. It was made in 2004, so it’s starting to show a little bit of age but it’s still tops!
This game was a Japanese Exclusive for Playstation 2. It’s a single player action/role playing game with the usual choice between playing Autobot or Decepticon. With a handful of original characters from all four seasons of the Transformers, it pays homage to the original G1 series.
Available on Playstation 2
Beast Wars Transmetals
This game is based around the second season of Beast Wars, with the introduction of the Transmetals and Fuzors. A fighting game with both single and multiplayer modes, being able to switch between beast mode and robot mode. What’s interesting is that robot mode is when your character is most powerful, but loses energy, switching to beast mode recharges you! A nifty game for the Beast Wars fan.
Kett? Transformers Beast Wars: Beast Senshi Saiky? Ketteisen
This Japanese exclusive Gameboy color game is based off the Japanese series of Beast Wars. It is a Versus Fighting style of game with both single and multiplayer modes. Similar to games like Streetfighter 2 or Dragon Ball Z, this one on one fight game also incorpoartes moves where characters can perform special moves and build the ki by holding certain buttons. Also the ability to switch from beast mode to robot mode is available in this game.
This game was released on Gameboy color.
Beast Wars: Transformers
This is the first video game based off the Beast Wars Television series. Beast Wars Transformers is a third person shooter made for Playstation, PC and Mac OS. Same as Transmetals, Robot mode is the most powerful fighting mode for your character whilst Transforming to beast mode recharges your Energon. This game has both a single and multiplayer mode.
Now we’re going back in time! This 1987 video game was released on the FDS platform (Family Computer Disk) by Nintendo. Which looks something like this:
This game has far fewer options than others. There’s no control over whether you want to play in Robot or Vehicle mode, or which character as the level of the game determined these factors. It does have both a single and multiplayer mode in a scrolling shooter format.
If you want to see what the game is like, there’s a complete walk through below:
You can find a ROM online if you have a Nintendo NEW/FDS Emulator.
Transformers: The Mystery of Convoy
Another Nintendo Famicon Game from 1986!
This Japanese video game was released around the same time as the animated movie. Since the movie didn’t make it to Japan for 4 years, this game revolved around Ultra Magnus trying to answer the question to the mystery – who killed Convoy (Optimus Prime). With vertical and horizontal scrolling levels, you must, as Ultra Magnus face a series of Decepticons before facing off against a big name Boss at the end of each level. You can unlock playback of Rodimus Prime by collecting the letters that spell Rodimus, as well as find Warp Zones and other cool little extras.
There are Roms available online for this also! Check out the game trailer below, but beware it is not in English and goes for 16 minutes!
Transformers: Battle to save Earth
I remember when I first saw a Commodore 64! We hooked it up to our TV at home, pulled out some old skool game son a 5″ floppy and had some fun!
This old Transformers game, based on G1, is for the Commodore 64! A Single player, role playing game in which a map is shown with several Decepticon attack sites. You must insert an Autobot onto those sites to fight the Decepticons. You can switch to first person view to fight with Rodimus/Hot Rod, Cliffjumper, Hound, Pipes, Kup, Bumblebee or Blurr.
One of the few pioneering Transformers games out there!
Here is a complete walk through of (ancient) video game!
There are Roms available online for this also!
The original Transformers video game on Sinclair System and Commodore 64! An old platforming game, characters can run, fly and transform to fight off their enemies. It’s your usual Autobots vs Decepticons caper, and shows the roots of the Transformers video game franchise!
You can see some of the game play below:
There are Roms available online for this also!