There’s nothing necessarily wrong with big, dumb movies. Some can be fun, some can be funny, but others are just sludgy cash vacuums that suck away their viewers’ brains as much as they suck away their hard-earned cash.
Michael Bay tends to divide audiences, between those who think his work is all-out stupid fun and those that see him as a kind of cinematic anti-christ, slopping his expensive CGI over the screen in the hope that no one will notice there’s not much else going on.
Whichever side of the divide you’re on, the mobile game of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is unlikely to cause such strong reactions. It’s an action platformer where you get to don some all-metal garb as you take on the role of some of the lead Transformers. The good ones, naturally.
Your Decepticon enemies are one again after the all-spark, trying to get enough power to see off the Autobots for good. As ever with the Transformers, it’s a never-ending war of attrition, but at least there’s some cool transforming metallic monsters to gawp at in-between.
You do indeed get to transform into your Tranformer’s other form too, and even get to run over Decepticon henchmen when you’re a car, for example. However, don’t get too excited because all the Transformers finery is muted by the fact that Revenge of the Fallen is very, very conventional.
The 2, 4, 6 and 8 keys are used to move your Autobot around, while 5 attacks. 8 changes you into your other form but, for the most part, it’s much like crouching in any other bog-standard platformer. Those looking for a fully fleshed-out Transformers experience will likely be disappointed with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but that doesn’t mean it’s terrible.
Most of your time is spent leaping from platform to platform, in a slightly clunky fashion, blasting away at enemies. That said, there’s a solidity to the game that keeps it entertaining, while the frequent continue points mean that you’re never stumped by the game’s trickier sections for very long.
Although you’re always, playing side-on, moving left to right, there are enough gameplay tangents to stop the mobile game from becoming as stodgy as the film promises to be. These include boss fights and driving sequence where you’re chased by a Decepticon jet.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen isn’t a great game, but it is worth a download if you’re desperate to see the robots in disguise clash on your mobile. It’s just a pity that a more interesting game hasn’t resulted. If you’re not desperately tied to the film, check out the more impressive Transformers G1: Awakening from 2008 instead.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen info
Website/Demo: Glu’s website