TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon App Review

In this 3D dual-stick shooter, based on the hit movie series, Transformers, you’ll take control of Optimus Prime or Bumblebee to defend against Decepticons. The story takes you across 13 levels, each with new enemies, weapons to unlock and more.

If you’re not familiar with what a dual-stick shooter quite is, it’s usually a shoot em up style game with two on-screen joysticks for controllers; one to move, one to shoot. The same applies to TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon. You’ll be in control of Autbot leader, Optimus Prime or Bumblebee through a story mode consisting of 13 considerably lengthy missions. Throughout the game, you’ll be able to upgrade your weapons and robot to make them less vulnerable and more power.

The controls for the game are pretty straightforward. You’ve got the two joysticks, the left one for movement and the right for shooting, a button that lets you perform a quick, evasive dive, the ability to tap the right joystick and slash at an opponent, and a button that transforms you to your robot and car form interchangeably. Everything is responsive and feels natural.

Artwork has really never been a problem for Electronic Arts, and the same stands here. The graphics are consistently satisfying, with their 3D elements always showing a bit of close detail, and the character sprites are anything but boxy. This is one of the best aspects of the game.

The good stops there, though. Sure you’ve got 13 unlockable weapons, two characters and a whole bunch of levels, but you’ve also got the unanticipated bore. Even with the hardest of three difficulty modes selected, the game seems to be too easy on you. AI is extremely weak and not too smart, missions are dragged on for too long, and boss battles seem like what regular enemies should be. Before you know if, you’ll be waiting for levels to be over. All in, it just doesn’t seem complete.

It’s $0.99 for a limited time only, instead of $4.99. At the latter price, I wouldn’t recommend it at all, but if you want a short thrill for the moment, you may want to pick it up.