Rovio Launches Angry Birds Transformers on iOS

Angry Birds TransformersRovio has announced the launch of Angry Birds Transformers on iOS devices, alongside the release of special characters in an Angry Birds Transformers TELEPODS product line from Hasbro. The game takes place after a mysterious EggSpark crashes into Piggy Island, triggering a war between the Autobirds and Deceptihogs.

Unlike traditional Angry Birds titles, the game is more like an endless runner than a physics-based puzzle game, as users run (or drive) across the screen, destroying Deceptihog strongholds as they go.

In Angry Birds Transformers, players complete level-based missions as classic Angry Birds characters, which have been transformed into vehicles, or Autobirds. The character runs across the screen automatically, and players tap on Deceptihog strongholds in the scene’s background to shoot at and destroy them.

Strongholds may be made of wood, glass, stone or other materials, so users are challenged with targeting the proper section of the defenses to cause the most damage in the shortest amount of time. Thankfully, many strongholds contain TNT crates, which can cause massive damage instantly.

Eventually, Deceptihog units will begin to fire back, so players must complete levels without running out of health. Plus, Autobirds can transform into their vehicle forms, which must be done to avoid falling objects in some stages. It should be noted players can simply target the Deceptihogs directly as well.

At the end of each level, players receive coins that can be spent on upgrades for their characters, or on healing Autobirds that have been injured while playing. These upgrades increase the armor, weapon and vehicle strength(s) of Autobirds. Characters also have access to special powers once they hit certain upgrade levels. Optimus Prime (played by Red), for instance, gains access to a shield that can be used to protect him for a limited amount of time. These upgrades take time to complete, or can be purchased instantly with premium currency. Coins are also used to unlock level sets on the world map.

Meanwhile, the Deceptihog currency is used to rescue new Autobird characters. At the end of stages, players may have the option of watching a video to earn double the number of coins and Deceptihog points for their account, making these upgrades easier to unlock.

Back at the level menu, players must watch out for Deceptihogs that will look to intercept certain levels. This makes them off-limits for a specific period of time, or players can pay premium currency to remove the threat instantly.

“With Angry Birds Transformers, we created a totally new action packed gameplay experience, where the player gets to jump into action either on their feet or on wheels”, said Jami Laes, executive vice president of games at Rovio, in a statement. “This is of course just the beginning and there’s more to come! As with all of Rovio’s games, there will be exciting updates with new content and features coming in the future.”

Angry Birds Transformers is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store. The game is set to launch on Google Play on October 30, and on the Amazon Appstore on November 4.