Every Sunday, I get retro. I boot up some emulators (or even the real thing if time allows) and replay some of the more obscure games of yesteryear.
When I was younger, I was obsessed with Transformers. I watched the cartoon, had a lot of the toys, even the sticker album with the 16-sticker diorama in the front. What was there not to love? Robots that fired lasers and transformed into some mean-looking vehicles? Awesome. So when I unwrapped this one Christmas, I almost spoiled my new jammys with excitement.
In Transformers the Game, you take control of five Autobots – Optimus Prime, Jazz, Hound, Mirage and Bumblebee, each with varying amounts of health and power. You have to find/steal energon balls and return them to your base. That’s pretty-much it. What spoiled this for me back all those years ago is that the Decepticons aren’t unique – you destroy Ravage, another one pops up later, yet your Autobots are finite. This gives the game a kind of desperate hopeless kind of feeling, and coupled with the enormous game level, it is a fairly dark title. The Autobots are great – you can transform, fly, shoot lasers, but don’t drive off of the platforms or you’ll crash and burn. Likewise for flying. For a Spectrum game, it looks and feels brilliant, but the pointless open-ended plot spoils it.
Play time = 10 minutes
Verdict = Not bad – I wish I still had the toys.