Transformers TCG Review

Transformers TCG - WIzards of the Coast - $14.99
Transformers TCG Review - Starter Box

Game title: Transformers TCG

Game description: The Transformers TCG is a fast-paced trading card game for 2 players. Build a team of Transformers Character Cards and a deck of Battle Cards, and then jump right into battle!

Overall
3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Autobots, transform and roll out! Decepticons, transform and rise up! Choose your bots, build your deck, and battle until your opponent is defeated. One shall stand. One shall fall. Hasbro’s Transformers TCG brings oversized, double-sided Transformers cards to the table and lets players mix and match their favorites in a family-friendly trading card game both parents and kids can enjoy. ‘Till all are one!

Pros

Amazing Transformers art

Oversized Transformers cards

Simple Rules. Depth comes from cards

Cons

Starter box doesn’t provide enough to play with the full rules

Basic rules too basic

Poor rulebook

Full Transformers TCG Review

Autobots, transform and roll out! Decepticons, transform and rise up! Choose your bots, build your deck, and battle until your opponent is defeated. One shall stand. One shall fall. Hasbro’s Transformers TCG brings oversized, double-sided Transformers cards to the table and lets players mix and match their favorites in a family-friendly trading card game both parents and kids can enjoy. ‘Till all are one!

The Transformers TCG Starter Set comes with everything two players need to play the game with Basic Rules. Unfortunately, that’s about it. The actual Advanced Rules can’t be played without purchasing more cards. The Basic Rules…are very basic. They involve each player choosing 2 Transformers and placing them in alt-mode (vehicle side up), then shuffling the 40 cards included with the set and placing them between both players.

Each Transformer card is over-sized and double sided

On each turn a player can flip a Transformer from alt-mode to bot-mode or vice-versa, then attack. Players must alternate which Transformer they attack with each turn, unless they only have one left. When attacking both the attacking player and defending players flip over 2 cards from the deck, the attacker adding the orange rectangles on their flipped cards to their attack value while the defender adds the number of blue rectangles on the cards thy flipped to their defense value. If the attack value is higher than the defense value the difference is done as damage.

That’s it. The last player standing wins.

The Basic Rules are a great way to get younger players acquainted with the game and some of the core mechanics but aren’t really meant to be played long-term. They get a bit…stale after a few plays. The Advanced Rules are much better, though like I stated earlier, you can’t use them with just one Starter Set. You’ll need at least 2, or enough booster packs to get you at least 20 more Battle Cards (each comes with 1 Transformer and 7 Battle Cards.)

The Advanced Rules have players choosing 25 Stars worth of Transformers for their team as well as a deck of 40 Battle Cards. Battling is similar to the Basic Rules, except Transformers tap when used. Each player also has a hand of Battle Cards they can use on their turn. These cards can contain Actions and Upgrades that add a wealth of depth to the game that the Basic Rules just don’t provide.

Soooo cooooooool

The Transformers TCG is a TCG aimed for a younger audience than most TCG/CCGs, but contain awesome G1 Transformer artwork to hook the parents of said kids into the game. It’s working. There’s a lot of familiar faces to be collected in the first set, and the artwork is phenomenal. Wizards was also smart enough to include multiple rarities of fan favorites so that kids (parents) can be excited to open a pack and get Optimus Prime or Megatron without the heartbreak of them only being ultra-rare.

Is the Starter Set worth it? At $15 you get a good amount of cards to get you started, but not a lot of play. You really need to pick up two, though you’ll get much more variety snagging one and at least 4 boosters. Getting to the Advanced Rules will provide you with a much more satisfying game. Sticking to just the Basic Rules may start to leave a bad taste in your mouth and cause you to miss out on a pretty good TCG with an awesome set of cards.

A Starter Set and several boosters were provided free for review by Wizards of the Coast

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