Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
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  1. The definitive handheld version, Transformers DS boasts decent gameplay, good presentation and clever online features that go beyond traditional movie-licensed fare.
  2. Transformers: Decepticons feels exactly like what it is – a handheld multi-platform game that was rushed out to meet the deadline the film’s release date.
  3. 68
    When it comes to fighting as the robot or the vehicle, Transformers DS falls flat. The action and its technique really needs a bit of a tune-up, especially in the "defense" department, and the glitches that pop up from time to time are really hard to ignore.
  4. At the end of the day, Decepticons comes out feeling half-baked.
  5. 70
    Sure, it's a bit simplistic, but the gameplay is solid and the odd online mode is strangely addicting.
  6. Transformers: Autobots and Decepticons are essentially one game split into two “campaigns” in a shameless grab for fans’ wallets. All of the fundamental game mechanics, including controls, combat, and mission structure, are exactly the same, and even the first few levels are near-mirrors of each other.
  7. 70
    Anyone concerned that this is a quick cash-in can leave those assumptions at the door as the game is actually a solid addition to anyone’s portable library.
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    70
    It looks fairly nice, the city is big and there's plenty to do. [Sept 2007, p.64]
  9. Games Master UK
    68
    By no means perfect, but it's certainly the best game off the back of hte movie. [Oct 2007, p.72]
  10. Smashing other robots and transforming into different vehicles is generally fun, but the game is short and the missions are often uninspiring.
  11. While I have serious issues with this game's graphics and gameplay, the numerous little innovations that are at its core force me to give it a stay of execution. While I think both versions of Transformers could have been great with more work, I wasn't expecting much from it in the first place, so I remain pleasantly surprised.
  12. In general, Transformers for the DS is decent considering the scope of which the developers had to work, but still falls short in a few areas.
  13. Nintendo Power
    60
    The Transformers may be vehicles only part of the time, but their DS games--Transformers: Autobots and Transformers" Decepticons--could have nonetheless used a bit more polish before pulling out of the garage. [Sept 2007, p.86]
  14. 55
    At its basic level, Transformers on the DS is a pretty average game. But at least Vicarious Visions tried to bring something unique to the table. It's kind of lame that you have to purchase two full-priced games to experience the entire saga (each title is about four hours long), but these are still the best Transformers-movie games you're gonna find.
  15. Unlike many games, Transformers is actually less than the sum of its parts. It may look and sound kind of nice, and give you all sorts of things to do, but who cares when it's just not any fun and you want it to transform into another game after 30 minutes of play time?
  16. Like its Autobots kin, Transformers: Decepticons is limited by the capabilities of the DS hardware, which hinders the console-like gameplay experience the developers were hoping to create.
  17. 60
    This is a game specifically for fans, and even then I'd mention specifically fans of the new Transformers... or Peter Cullen.

Awards & Rankings

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#23 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
61
#61 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Feb 10, 2013
    8
    This is possibly one of the most underrated games of all time. Epic graphics for the time and for the DS, great gameplay, great story, andThis is possibly one of the most underrated games of all time. Epic graphics for the time and for the DS, great gameplay, great story, and great customization for a DS game. Besides, you can play as StarScream and Megatron!!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    Okay, best DS game ever, best storyline game ever, only flaws are the poor grphics and the amount of charecters you can be (no scroponok orOkay, best DS game ever, best storyline game ever, only flaws are the poor grphics and the amount of charecters you can be (no scroponok or Bonecrusher!) but Impresive, and I have made the right move here. Full Review »
  3. May 26, 2013
    9
    The transformers licensed games are usually not that good. this licensed game, however, managed to do pretty well. The story for the game isThe transformers licensed games are usually not that good. this licensed game, however, managed to do pretty well. The story for the game is great. tying in the story with the create-a-bot manages to work, and is well written in general. the gameplay is pretty fun. the combat and open-world roaming is pretty cool to do, and with numerous vehicles to choose from and scan, the replay value is big in this game. the graphics are pretty cool for a ds game. each bot looks well done, though the environments clearly show that they're on the ds, as you can see where points and edges of floors are. the voice acting is surprisingly very clear, especially for a ds game, and each person's voice work fits perfectly with each character. the music is also excellent, fitting perfectly with the Decepticons. my man problem with the game is glitches. there are some ways where it is very easy to make a glitch occur, and this sometimes gets bothersome. Overall, Transformers: Decepticons is a great underrated ds title that should be checked out by fans of transformers. Full Review »