Transformers Animated: The Game
is a fairly typical licensed game as far as story is concerned, but the gameplay is anything but. The Allspark, a Cybertronian artifact, has been split into three parts, setting the Autobots on a quest to unite the pieces and keep it out of Decepticon hands.
Generally the game is fun, but only when it sticks to Lost Vikings-style gameplay segments. During these levels, you control three Autobots - Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Bulkhead - and use their unique abilities to solve puzzles as you navigate levels. Optimus can use his axe to hit switches, Bumblebee can jump and Bulkhead is good at smashing things. Gameplay is similar to The Lost Vikings or recent LEGO games; you can switch between players at any time and open paths for the other characters. One of the hitches to the gameplay is that your partners don't automatically follow you around; it works for the style of gameplay the game is employing, though it is also annoying and a bit tedious.
Surprisingly, the vehicle levels - you know, when the Transformers actually transform - feel out of place. Driving levels are short, on-rails shooters where you dodge cars and occasionally Transform to attack enemies. Though action-packed (at least when compared to the other levels), they are repetitive and quickly wear out their welcome.