Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. Nov 28, 2012
    78
    The high definition resolution makes it the best-looking of all the versions, but the models and textures are all the same here – much more could be done on Wii U, and hopefully a future Transformers release will be able to actually take advantage of the new system's power.
  2. Dec 23, 2012
    68
    A solid interactive companion to the television show and will please fans in the right age group, even if it's just for a weekend.
  3. 68
    Transformers Prime: The Game might not be the hardcore experience that a lot of gamers want or expect, but I really don't think that this was ever its intent. Although it is a solid experience for the young gamers in your family it is one that parents are likely to navigate away from.
  4. Nov 26, 2012
    68
    Transformers Prime is not a bad game. It just lacks any sort of pazazz. The levels are straight-forward, the gameplay non-offensive and the multiplayer is just throw-away. Fans of the show might find enough to warrant their purchase, but if you own a 3DS, you can get the same experience for a lot less money. This is definitely one of those instances where the game was a quick port to fill a slot in the launch roster, nothing more, nothing less.
  5. Dec 5, 2012
    65
    I consider myself a Transformers fan, but no amount of appreciation for the series makes me comfortable recommending Transformers: Prime. The benign gameplay may be a good option for fans too young for the gritty action of High Moon's excellent series, but that's about it.
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    65
    If you are a new Wii U owner, make sure you play New Super Mario Bros. U, Skylanders: Giants or any of the other big name games hitting this holiday season. But once those have come and gone, keep your eyes open and trained on the bargain bin. If you see Transformers Prime: The Video Game in there, it's one afternoon of fun might just be worth it as you wait for the next big release.
  7. Dec 11, 2012
    64
    As a cartoon tie-in aimed at a very specific demographic, Transformers Prime does a pretty good job defining its setting an action. It just doesn't go far enough. A decent kids game that gets old a little bit too fast, Prime just won't quite measure up for Transformers fans that frankly have shinier, better toys to play with.
  8. Nov 24, 2012
    60
    Young gamers, especially those who enjoy the Transformers Prime cartoon, will find a lot to like in this Wii U adaptation, but everyone else will be put off by its simple gameplay and lack of content.
  9. Dec 9, 2012
    58
    The varied options are a nice addition, but most importantly, the game offers off-TV play. As a game geared toward children, allowing kids to play remotely is a fantastic feature. This is arguably the port's biggest upgrade in the transition between consoles.
  10. Nov 26, 2012
    53
    There are only two potential audiences I see for this game: small children with incredibly short attention spans and Transformers fans blinded by nostalgia. It's an incredibly expensive way to waste a few hours.
  11. Dec 6, 2012
    50
    Transformers Prime feels most at home on Wii U: increased visual fidelity makes it more striking and true to the cartoon than the cruder Wii and 3DS editions, and predictable yet appreciated flexibility offered by the GamePad brings a bundle of convenience. Just as on other platforms, though, the game is aimed squarely at the younger/casual Transformers crowd.
  12. Nov 25, 2012
    50
    Avid, younger fans of the show may find value in this release but for any parent considering the purchase, I would advise a rental first.
  13. Jan 16, 2013
    49
    An absolutely basic game that does nothing to impress the player. It doesn't do anything terribly offensive, it's just a bore to get through and is over far too quickly.
  14. Dec 4, 2012
    40
    The highest praise one can afford this game is that it's playable. It's not broken, nor is it really that offensive. It's just a condensed exercise in bromidic game design, a brief waste of time squirted out of some mercenary developer's squalid hole.
  15. Jan 10, 2013
    35
    The very definition of shovelware, Transformers Prime is a woefully undernourished release that damages both the Wii U and Transformers brands. A budget downloadable than a full title, it's debatable if Prime should have even seen a release on handhelds, let alone Nintendo's flagship console.
  16. A prime example of how to disrespect the fans of something as big as Transformers: a £50 game that can be finished on a single GamePad charge. Yuck.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 16, 2014
    5
    I really didn't like this game. It was for little kids, and the levels where so boring and repetitive. The battle mode was fun 3 times, until I just got so bored with this bad game. Don't bother buying this game, as there really isn't that much content. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2013
    7
    Transformers: Prime the game is a semi-solid platforming hack and slash game. The controls are good while the combat can get a little repetitive, especially during the character battles. Enemy placement can be cheap at times and can and will pin you down as much as possible. The driving controls would have been better during the vehicle sections if they had gone with the same control scheme for the platforming sections. The motion control is far too sensitive and will send you too far over fairly quickly with the slightest movement. Onto the story, the writing is on par with that of the show and all the voice actors reprise their television rolls, With the Exception of Dreadwing. The sound mixing can be a bit off at times, and for some reason the programmers decided to use the blaster transform sound effect for every hand movement and as a fan of the show I find it very distracting. Full Review »