The Angry Birds franchise steam rollers on, this time with Angry Birds Transformers. But this game is radically different to others in the series, a pseudo 3D side scrolling arcade shooter, and it’s really fun to play.
Eschewing the seriousness of the Michael Bay movies, Angry Birds Transformers begins with an excellent homage to the opening sequence of the 80s cartoon series. The tone, with its tongue in cheek tagline ‘Birds Disguised as Robots in Disguise‘, is light and fun.
The game is easy to play, with typically well made tutorials. It’s free to play, meaning you can speed your progress with in-app purchases, but they are not necessary. Like the original Angry Birds, each level has a number of pigs (or Deceptihogs) to take out, by knocking down their towers. Instead of the catapult, you simply tap where you want your Autobird to shoot. The difficulty comes from the speed of the game – you have to pick your targets carefully for the most efficient hit, and time your transformations into vehicles to avoid falling objects.
The graphics are flashy, and there are great touches like slow motion if you have a close call with a falling tower. Levels are short and sweet, maintaining the on-the-go mobile feel to the game.
Angry Birds Transformers is currently iOS only, but it’s coming to Android in two weeks.
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