App Review: Transformers CyberToy by Glu
Do you have a Transformers fanatic at your house? If you do, the new Transformers CyberToy by Glu may be just the thing to put a smile on their face. This app features Bumblebee, a very popular Autobot. In Action Figure Mode, you can see Bumblebee transform on his own from a robot to a Chevy Camaro and back again by tapping on the icons at the left of the screen. These icons can also make Bumblebee assume different poses. You can even use the iPhone’s touch interface to spin Bumblebee around to see him from all angles. As you turn him around, you will see light blue circles appear. You can tap on these circles to shoot his guns, honk his horn, or turn on his headlights, among other things.
In Puzzle Mode, you transform Bumblebee by performing the tasks on the screen. My biggest complaint with this app is that there are no instructions given on how the Puzzle Mode works. It took quite a while for me to figure it out. When the three dots appear on the screen, you must touch them all simultaneously to advance to the next step. Other steps include dragging a circle along the path on the screen and tapping on dots to connect them all. There are five difficulties in Puzzle Mode. When you complete one level within the specified time limit, the next is unlocked. With each increase in difficulty, more steps of Bumblebee’s transformation are left up to you. The steps are not terribly difficult once you understand what you are supposed to do. However, it does take some skill to perform all of the tasks quickly.
I especially loved the graphics and animations that this app has. It is cool to see Bumblebee on the screen looking so life-like. You can see his shoulders go up and down as he breathes in and out. His movements and transformations are smooth and natural looking. I gave the game to a 5-year old Transformers fan and he loved it. Puzzle Mode did present a challenge, but, with practice, he was able to transform Bumblebee at the lower levels of difficulty. Transformers CyberToy is a great app for all Transformer fans.
Transformers CyberToy is $0.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.glu.com/noram/pages/product.aspx?pr=TRANSFORMERS%E2%84%A2+CyberToy