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Transformers Trading Card Game Review

October 29, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Transformers Trading Card Game

Author’s Note: This Transformers card game review is based on a review sample provided by Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro.

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast recently teamed up to create a new trading card game based on The Transformers franchise. In many ways, it’s almost hard to believe such a game has never been conceived before. A competitive trading card game set in the Transformers universe from the makers of Magic: The Gathering seems like a no-brainer.

The team behind the game was nice enough to give us an early look and preview at the game back at Comic-Con International 2018 last July. Now, the finished product is available Autobots Starter Set.

The Transformers Trading Card game is designed for two-player matches (one-on-one). With the starter set, players have the option to build a team of Transformers with their character cards and a deck of Battle cards before initiating a battle. Players have to build their team of character cards with up to 25 stars when stars on character cards are added together, with a deck of 40 or more Battle Cards.

The Starter Set pack contains enough cards for two players to start their own game. This starter set had four foil Character Cards: Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Bumblebee, and Red Alert. Each character card has its own set. The character cards are much larger than the ones in the Battle Card deck.

The rule system seems simple enough. Each player gets two Character Cards. From there, the opposing players have to use the Battle Cards to knock out their opponent. One character card serves as an attacker, and the second is a defender. Players also have the option to switching their Transformer characters from bot-mode to alt-mode.

The rule and battle system seem quite intuitive the Battle Cards feature a nice variety of ideas for tactics, attacks, defense and battle strategy. For example, there’s Piercing Blaster, which provides three attack damage. Ramming Speed scraps an enemy upgrade. Thankfully, Hasbro released a nice tutorial video with a more visual example for how players can approach the gameplay (see below).

The artwork for the cards is immaculate. The Character Cards look like they have some nice tinfoil art, while the Battle Cards look to feature images from some of the more recent Transformers comics from IDW.

Overall, this looks like a fun game for fans of the franchise who would like to try something different. The cards have a nice collectible factor, but they also can provide a fun engaging, analog card game as well.

The Transformers Trading Card Game Starter Set and Game Booster Packs are available in stores in the United States now. They will be hitting other markets later this year.

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