Android Amusements: Transformers: Legends

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I never thought I’d say this, but I am genuinely captivated by Transformers: Legends. I’m not big on card games or Transformers, but I think ngmoco did a pretty good job with this title. Even though I still can’t figure out how to maximize my card’s potential, I’ve found myself coming back several times a day just to see what kind of cards I can find.

Transformers: Legends is integrated into the Mobage platform which is one of Android’s most popular social gaming platforms. Through Mobage, you’ll be able add friends and engage in PVP battles in Transformers: Legends. You can ignore Mobage completely if you want, but I do believe creating an account is mandatory for this game. If you do decide to make friends, you’ll accumulate points that can be redeemed for character and weapon cards. Speaking of which, let’s go over how you’ll find cards in this game.

Right from the start, you’ll have to pick a card as your leader. Leader cards are typically strong and somewhat rare to find in other circumstances. From there, you’ll build out a huge deck who’s only purpose is besting opponents in PVP matches.

For the most part, you’ll find cards by completing missions. Missions are really nothing more than a tap-heavy mini game. After pressing the “scan button” the screen will rotate around the environment and trigger random events. Sometimes you’ll have to tap on incoming missiles from an enemy transformer, fight a PVP battle, fight a boss discover a new card or uncover a cache of cards. You can only randomly pick one card from the cache.

Each card is like two sides of a coin. On one side you have the robot form of an Autobot or Decepticon, and the other side contains their vehicle form. However, both sides have to be found separately. Once you find both cards for a Transformer, you can “trans-scan”  the two cards into one. This results in having an even stronger card. You can upgrade each card by sacrificing others. Since you’re going to get a lot of duplicate cards in this game, it’s a good idea to sacrifice them to make other cards stronger.

Now with that being said, I have to say that’s the extent of my knowledge of the upgrade system in Transformers: Legend. It’s not entirely clear what cards benefit the most from upgrading. It’s also confusing determining which weapons are best for certain Transformers. Is a one-size-fits-all method, or is there some kind of class system? I don’t know, and probably never will.

I’m starting to think full knowledge of the upgrade system isn’t necessary. I really have done anything to my weapons cards, but I’ve still won the vast majority of PVP matches. I currently have somewhere around 42 wins. I must be doing something right.

In conclusion, you don’t have to know much of anything about card combat games to get some enjoyment out of Transformers: Legends. It does have the typical free-to-play restrictions such as depleting energy that needs to recharge, but it’s pretty enjoyable beyond that.

Google Play Link [Transformers: Legend]




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