An excellent expansion upon the fortress-breaking fun of Angry Birds, Kuma Lab’s Transbomber offers a refreshing angle on a much-loved game concept that will please both veteran gamers and newcomers to the genre alike.
The core idea of Transbomber, though simple at first, proved quite a challenge across the 60-levels offered, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the game just as addictive as billed. The joy of smashing through wood, ice, and stone barriers with missiles, bombs, and laser shots is almost primordial, and would be appreciated by any audience.
Graphics and Sound:
It can’t be left unsaid: Transbomber does owe a lot to Angry Birds, and that includes the level design. The same pastel-colored backgrounds can be found in both games, and most of the barriers bear a remarkable resemblance. However, I feel Transbomber brings more than enough new design to the table to warrant a 4-star rating. The planes, which replace birds in this title, were very well done and share a fun, paper-cutout style that I liked. Each of the three stages provides a warm backdrop for the game, and the explosions are truly satisfying, However, I did find some of the enemies—which include robots, tanks, and a small Godzilla-like creature—a bit blocky. After about fifty levels or so, the sounds began to irritate me, as well. However, there is always a mute button for people like me who didn’t appreciate the sounds, and the sprite design does not effect the excellent gameplay in the slightest.
Unlike Angry Birds, which has you rocketing birds out of a sling, Transbomber instead sends various planes across the top of the screen. It is then your task to launch bombs from their undersides at fortresses below, which cover the robots, tanks and monsters you want to destroy. And though other factors attempt to inhibit your bombing-raid (wind, floating barriers, etc.) the controls are blissfully simple: Tap the screen once to launch a plane, tap it again to fire a bomb. I appreciated the simplistic design a great deal, as it left the focus on fighting wind and the elements to get my bombs in the proper place.
Level of Difficulty and Overall Fun Factor:
At this point, I’d like to point out that Transbomber is one hard but extremely fun game! Don’t expect to breeze through all 60 levels in an hour, as a great amount of strategy is involved. However, if you enjoy this style of gameplay, you will certainly find the challenge rewarding and amply entertaining. If you’re bored with games like Angry Birds and are looking for something with “just a bit more” you’d be hard pressed to find a better game than Kuma Lab’s Transbomber. And at $ .99 in the App Store, you will certainly get your money’s worth!
Transbomber iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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