Transformers Video Games – The Top Ten of All Time
The Transformers franchise has expanded yet again, this time with the release of Steven Caple Jr.’s 2023 offering, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Along with being a staple in Hollywood, the robot series has also been highly prevalent in the gaming industry.
There have actually been countless Transformers video games over the years on a range of platforms, but which ones really transformed (pardon the pun) the gaming industry?
What Was the Last Transformers Video Game?
The last entry into the long list of Transformers video games came in 2020. That was Transformers: Battlegrounds, a tactical strategy game developed by Coatsink and published by Outright Games. The very first Transformers video game ever made was released all the way back in 1985 (that's almost 40 years ago!).
The Absolute 10 Best Transformers Video Games, Ever
So here we are, our definitive top 10 list for you. Before starting to play your favorite, do note that some of these can be played online, while others might need to be downloaded to your device.
But whether you're more of a “browser-player”, or one who prefers downloading games onto your PC, you’re bound to find at least one title here that suits your tastes!
10. Transformers: War for Cybertron (2010)
One of the pivotal Transformers video games of the modern gaming era was Transformers: War for Cybertron in 2010. This was a thrilling third-person shooter from High Moon Studios, published by Activision. It acted as a prequel to the beloved Transformers franchise, detailing what happened on the Transformers’ home planet before the Autobots and Decepticons’ arrival on Earth.
War for Cybertron was available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. It was a commercial success and was praised by critics for its engaging gameplay. Fans of Transformers lore will particularly enjoy this one, as it has a lot of geekiness that only true lovers of the franchise will know about.
9. Transformers: Devastation (2015)
In 2015, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows players were treated to a highly enjoyable entry into the list of Transformers video games. Transformers: Devastation was developed by PlatinumGames in 2015 and gave players a real sense of what it was like to be one of the famous robots. It involved hack-and-slash gameplay in which players were able to control different Transformers.
The title garnered a reasonably strong critical response and was particularly well-loved by players. Some believe that this is one title that managed to capture the magic of the classic animated series more than others in the genre.
8. Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (2014)
There are numerous Transformers video games that cross over between the separate universes established in the games and the film series. The 2014 release Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark is one of the best games to straddle the two franchises. The title features its own story, but this runs parallel to the storyline of Transformers: Age of Extinction. This adds additional depth to the film and vice versa.
Rise of the Dark Spark was available on various consoles including the Wii U. Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows players also had the chance to enjoy it. The only problem with this title was that there were some technical issues, and a handful of players thought it wasn’t as inspired as some other entries in the Transformers franchise.
7. Transformers: The Game (2007)
One of the best Transformers video games based on the film series was Transformers: The Game in 2007, which was released alongside Michael Bay’s Transformers. It was a commercial success thanks to the hype of the epic blockbuster that brought the classic robots into contemporary popular culture.
The great thing about this title that was available for a range of consoles and handheld gaming devices was that it mirrored the events of the movie. Players had the chance to take control of some of the film’s most-loved characters including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.
6. Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012)
The most common genre for Transformers video games is third-person shooter, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron was praised by players and critics who enjoy taking the reins of the iconic and unique robots in that format. The 2012 offering was available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows.
Fall of Cybertron was the sequel to War for Cybertron, and it earned high sales doubtlessly thanks to the popularity of the original. The title was lauded by critics from some of the world’s most prestigious game magazines. It was particularly praised for its diverse range of characters and the quality of the voice acting, which was among the best of all the Transformers video games.
5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Some players love to watch a film and then play the related game, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was a game that served that purpose well. It was developed by Luxoflux and released in 2009 alongside the picture of the same name and instantly became one of the greatest Transformers video games ever.
The title was a commercial success thanks to the hype of the film and its predecessor. It was known for being a faithful adaptation that took players right into the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
4. Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals (1999)
For players in search of Transformers video games that predate the modern film franchise, Transformers: Beast Wars Transmetals is a great option. The 1999 offering was developed by Takara and took inspiration from the Beast Wars: Transformers animated series. It was available for Nintendo 64 and PlayStation and received a strong critical response.
3. Transformers: War for Cybertron - Siege (2020)
Recent Transformers video games have made use of modern graphics to bring the classic robots to life, and some of them have been hugely impressive in their execution. One of the most recent offerings is Transformers: War for Cybertron – Siege, which was developed by Certain Affinity and released in 2020. The game was a success thanks to the hype around the Netflix series that dropped in 2019.
2. Transformers: Battlegrounds (2020)
For players looking for another recent title that instantly found a place in the top Transformers video games of all time, Transformers: Battlegrounds is well worth playing. This is a twist on the usual format of shooting and fighting, and instead focuses on turn-based tactical strategy. In the title from Coatsink, players need to oversee huge battles and use strategy to prevail.
1. Transformers: Cybertron Adventures (2010)
And here we are - our number 1 pick! Yes it's mainstream, but Transformers: Cybertron Adventures was released in 2010 and still is regarded among the best Transformers video games of all time, and for good reason! It was set in the same universe as War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron, but in fact it offered a completely different gaming experience to the other two titles, making it a definite and unique standalone game.
This offering from Next Level Games was specifically designed for the Nintendo Wii and it used the console’s unique controls to great effect. Players and critics enjoyed the way that the Wii remote allowed them to control and transform the characters with ease, which back when it first came out was even more groundbreaking than it is now, considering how technology has evolved since.