Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Review

For Grilled Nails Fans. As a child, I was a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fanatic, as were many of our readers in their thirties. Toys, souvenirs, books and video cassettes with different episodes of the same animated series were very valuable artifacts for any child in the nineties. I remember how I was presented with an unusual package with a kind of chewing gum, inside of which there was a large Michelangelo sticker – my delight knew no bounds! When we played in the yard, friends argued who would be Leonardo or Donatello, and I immediately took my favorite in a yellow mask. I even had nunchucks!

Despite the silly jokes and naive plots, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series has become a cult classic and received many adaptations on arcade and home systems. In my childhood, these games were always welcome leisure options for the company. Well, the cartridge from The Manhattan Project was loved and hated at the same time. The invincible Shredder drove into hysterics many children who tried to defeat him, not realizing that this could not be done because of the protection against piracy.

At some point, the animated series ended, and the games about those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stopped coming out. It was only in the middle of the 2000s that new projects dedicated to fresh and less successful cartoons began to appear, and they collected mostly restrained or negative reviews. Years later, the rights holders at Nickelodeon decided to turn to the old concept and instructed the professionals from Tribute Games, the authors of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, and Dotemu, who recently successfully revived the Streets of Rage series. And it turned out well.

Immediately after the launch, the game puts all the trump cards on the table and shows a screensaver reminiscent of the very introduction from your favorite childhood animated series. Struck by nostalgic feelings, I whistled the tune of this song all evening. There are two modes on the main screen – story and arcade. The latter offers gameplay in the classic version of the 90s – without saves and with a limited set of lives. Completing the game in this way on hard difficulty will earn you a special trophy or “achievement”. However, I started with the story mode. The choice here is given six characters and one secret, which opens after passing. This time, not only the brave four of the turtles, but also April and Splinter are sent to fight with Shredder’s minions. If the wise teacher has previously appeared as a playable character in the games of the series,

The characters differ in strength, speed and range of attacks, each has its own set of moves and animations, so all fighters feel different. The combat system is not overloaded, but not as simple as it was in similar games of the past. The list of movements here is very solid, and in addition to the usual strikes, there are running attacks, tossing pirouettes, jump kicks and all sorts of tackles, as well as throws. Simple strikes allow you to combo or charge for a powerful knockback attack, during which the so-called “hyper armor” is in effect. The protagonist can take damage, but the hit animation is not interrupted. This helps to repel opponents, which is useful if the character is squeezed into a corner by a crowd. You can also bounce out of pressure by pressing the button on the gamepad.

By the way, at the moment of dodging it is really possible to perform a special blow or a super-reception. The latter consumes a special scale, which is filled from various actions in battle, as well as after performing a “teaser”. It is worth mentioning that there are several types of special moves and are opened after pumping one or another fighter. Such attacks look extremely impressive and hit the area around the hero, which allows you to beautifully finish a combo or deal with a crowd of enemies at once.

At the end of each level, the heroes will face a boss fight. All of them are recognizable from cartoons and comics scoundrels. Bebop and Rocksteady are here, and Baxter Stockman, and many others. Of course, the final will not do without battles with Shredder and Krang. After the completion of each mission, scoring and a small plot screensaver are turned on. The story is as simple as ever. Shredder and Krang are planning to take over the world and have attacked New York. How it all ends, you probably already guess, but the whole story can be described as follows – the heroes are chasing the fleeing villains, chasing them through various locations of the city and a parallel dimension. It is worth noting here that the transition between episodes takes place on a special map, just like in Super Mario Bros. 3. In addition to individual levels, there are additional characters on it who ask the turtles to get hidden objects for them.

The locations themselves differ from each other – at the beginning we drive Shredder’s henchmen around the television center, then we catch up with them on the streets of New York, and then, of course, “Dimension X”. There are many references to the games of the eighties and nineties in the levels, and not only to the Turtles. There are entire hoverboard sections that are partly reminiscent of the Turbotunnel from Battletoads. The developers clearly love this genre and drew inspiration not only from the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which personally pleased me very much. And it is worth emphasizing that despite the references, the neighborhoods in which our characters run around look very original.

In general, the whole game feels quite fresh. Here everything is in its place, made with great love for the original source and visually pleases with its pixel detail. This is the case when the retro style evokes affection and nostalgia, but it seems that no 16-bit system could produce such a level. The animators tried to draw a lot of different actions that are very expressive and give what is happening on the screen a cartoonish vivacity. A separate mention is the facial expressions that are present in almost all the characters on the screen, even among the soldiers of the “foot clan”. Often, before seeing the hero, the enemies go about their business – some enthusiastically type something on the computer, others delve into the smartphone, and someone picks in the car or carries a tray of food. All this looks very funny and pleasing to the eye. Such a study of such trifles delights and shows how much the authors like what they do. This is also noticeable in the voice acting, because the few phrases and exclamations available in the game are pronounced by those actors who voiced the original animated series in 1987.

The developers of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge should be commended for implementing online. The option is available on the main screen and in the character selection menu. Here you can invite a friend, create a “lobby” or look for random partners. The search is very fast, and you can join a group at any time during the game, which is very convenient. It’s fun to play in a co-op even with random people, because some kind of powerful movement is going on on the screen all the time. It is important to note here that even in a game with six participants, the characters practically do not get confused, and I could easily understand where my fighter was. Of course, playing with two or three players is more interesting due to the fact that opponents put up much more resistance, and an Arava of six people sweeps away everything in its path even on high difficulty. Whatever it was, fighting in a team is always fun, you can throw the enemy to partners, increasing the combo counter, and then give him a high five. The losing partner can be raised by offering him a piece of fragrant pizza. If you have time to do this before the counter expires, then the fighter will stand up with a full scale of health and without losing lives. There is one caveat to local co-op on PlayStation platforms. Consoles from Sony do not support more than four gamepads, so you can collect no more than four friends on one system. Up to six players can play on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. therefore, no more than four friends can be gathered for one system. Up to six players can play on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. therefore, no more than four friends can be gathered for one system. Up to six players can play on Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

The soundtrack deserves special mention. Music in every way and instruments flirts with the same musical theme from the cartoon, there is even a jingle performed by a car horn. Composer Ty Lopez, known for his work on Sonic Mania and Streets of Rage 4, with the help of guitarist Johnny Atma and singer Mike Patton, created an excellent musical accompaniment that perfectly complements the bright and perky picture.

Summing up, we can say that the developers tried to keep the foundations laid back in the nineties, but did not forget about some modern trends. The gameplay in TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is addictive – you want to continue even after several playthroughs. In fact, “Shredder’s Revenge” has only one serious drawback. Three hours is insanely short for such a cool game. Of course, this is a project that needs to be repeatedly replayed with friends for different characters, thereby increasing the timing, but I would like a little more levels or at least forks in locations. Other than that, it’s a great retro action game with cool styling and a solid combat system that encourages teamwork. This is one of the few games that allows you to have fun playing on the same console with a large group.

If you fondly remember that same cartoon or are looking for a good cooperative game for gatherings over pizza and soda, then Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is exactly what you need.

 

At the end of each level, the heroes will face a boss fight. All of them are recognizable from cartoons and comics scoundrels. Bebop and Rocksteady are here, and Baxter Stockman, and many others. Of course, the final will not do without battles with Shredder and Krang. After the completion of each mission, scoring and a small plot screensaver are turned on. The story is as simple as ever. Shredder and Krang are planning to take over the world and have attacked New York. How it all ends, you probably already guess, but the whole story can be described as follows – the heroes are chasing the fleeing villains, chasing them through various locations of the city and a parallel dimension. It is worth noting here that the transition between episodes takes place on a special map, just like in Super Mario Bros. 3. In addition to individual levels, there are additional characters on it who ask the turtles to get hidden objects for them.

The locations themselves differ from each other – at the beginning we drive Shredder’s henchmen around the television center, then we catch up with them on the streets of New York, and then, of course, “Dimension X”. There are many references to the games of the eighties and nineties in the levels, and not only to the Turtles. There are entire hoverboard sections that are partly reminiscent of the Turbotunnel from Battletoads. The developers clearly love this genre and drew inspiration not only from the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which personally pleased me very much. And it is worth emphasizing that despite the references, the neighborhoods in which our characters run around look very original.

In general, the whole game feels quite fresh. Here everything is in its place, made with great love for the original source and visually pleases with its pixel detail. This is the case when the retro style evokes affection and nostalgia, but it seems that no 16-bit system could produce such a level. The animators tried to draw a lot of different actions that are very expressive and give what is happening on the screen a cartoonish vivacity. A separate mention is the facial expressions that are present in almost all the characters on the screen, even among the soldiers of the “foot clan”. Often, before seeing the hero, the enemies go about their business – some enthusiastically type something on the computer, others delve into the smartphone, and someone picks in the car or carries a tray of food. All this looks very funny and pleasing to the eye. Such a study of such trifles delights and shows how much the authors like what they do. This is also noticeable in the voice acting, because the few phrases and exclamations available in the game are pronounced by those actors who voiced the original animated series in 1987.

The developers of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge should be commended for implementing online. The option is available on the main screen and in the character selection menu. Here you can invite a friend, create a “lobby” or look for random partners. The search is very fast, and you can join a group at any time during the game, which is very convenient. It’s fun to play in a co-op even with random people, because some kind of powerful movement is going on on the screen all the time. It is important to note here that even in a game with six participants, the characters practically do not get confused, and I could easily understand where my fighter was. Of course, playing with two or three players is more interesting due to the fact that opponents put up much more resistance, and an Arava of six people sweeps away everything in its path even on high difficulty. Whatever it was, fighting in a team is always fun, you can throw the enemy to partners, increasing the combo counter, and then give him a high five. The losing partner can be raised by offering him a piece of fragrant pizza. If you have time to do this before the counter expires, then the fighter will stand up with a full scale of health and without losing lives. There is one caveat to local co-op on PlayStation platforms. Consoles from Sony do not support more than four gamepads, so you can collect no more than four friends on one system. Up to six players can play on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. therefore, no more than four friends can be gathered for one system. Up to six players can play on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. therefore, no more than four friends can be gathered for one system. Up to six players can play on Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

The soundtrack deserves special mention. Music in every way and instruments flirts with the same musical theme from the cartoon, there is even a jingle performed by a car horn. Composer Ty Lopez, known for his work on Sonic Mania and Streets of Rage 4, with the help of guitarist Johnny Atma and singer Mike Patton, created an excellent musical accompaniment that perfectly complements the bright and perky picture.

Summing up, we can say that the developers tried to keep the foundations laid back in the nineties, but did not forget about some modern trends. The gameplay in TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is addictive – you want to continue even after several playthroughs. In fact, “Shredder’s Revenge” has only one serious drawback. Three hours is insanely short for such a cool game. Of course, this is a project that needs to be repeatedly replayed with friends for different characters, thereby increasing the timing, but I would like a little more levels or at least forks in locations. Other than that, it’s a great retro action game with cool styling and a solid combat system that encourages teamwork. This is one of the few games that allows you to have fun playing on the same console with a large group.

If you fondly remember that same cartoon or are looking for a good cooperative game for gatherings over pizza and soda, then Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is exactly what you need.

Shovel Knight

Game completed on:

PS4

Correct topics:
yes

Duration:
One playthrough of the campaign takes approximately 3 hours.

 

Platforms:

SWITCH
PS4
ONE
PC

Developer:

Tribute Games

Publisher:

DotEmu

Genres:

action
beat-em-up

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