Transformers:More than meets the pixels
Over the past 27 years, we have been privy to many tie-in media for the Transformers. Unfortunately, in the area of the video game, this franchise seemed to fall short of the mark.
The Commodore 64: a platform / shoot ’em up game.
It was written by Denton Designs and released by Ocean Software for the Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore 64 home computers in 1986.
The object of the game is to navigate through a blue highway, dodge enemies, and collect pieces of Energon.
Next came Activision
It was the first Transformers game by Activision, which subsequently published more games for the franchise over two decades later.
A few side-notes about the game: for reasons unknown, Rodimus Prime and Hot Rod appear in the game as separate characters, despite the fact that they are the same character. This was also one of the few Transformers games to not include Optimus Prime.
The next big jump into video games came on the Famicom system (when I say “jump”, I mean jumping the shark).
Transformers: Mystery of Convoy or as it’s real title is called, Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformers: Mystery of Convoy (戦え! 超ロボット生命体トランスフォーマー コンボイの謎(ナゾ)
So what is the premise of the game? Well, if you remember, I talked about the fact that the movie wasn’t released in Japan till 1990. This story is the journey of Ultra Magnus as he goes on a solo mission through various Decepticon strongholds to find out exactly what happened to Optimus Prime. Hence, Mystery of Convoy!
A second game followed called, Transformers: The Headmasters
This takes place after the Mystery of Convoy as you jump from Earth, Cybertron, Master, and Jail.
Over the course of time, we got other Transformer games from Beast Wars: Transformers by Hasbro Interactive. Takara published Transformers: Tatakai,(not real title just fan named) a PlayStation 2 action-RPG. Atari released Transformers (aka Transformers: Armada–Prelude to Energon) and we also got War for Cybertron.
gameinformer has published their latest exclusive Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
“Transformers: Resurrecting The Dinobots”. <–not sure if this is in the right place…
If you are a fan of the Transformers you will love the idea of having them in this new video game. Check out the images below courtesy of Game Informer.
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“Till all are one”