Real Talk By: KJ
A retail game based on the very popular CGI TMNT, is now in the streets. If you like this version of turtles, expect to see all the same faces. Master Splinter, Foot, Baxter, Dogpound, Fishface, Shredder, and of course our four famous heroes. Actors from the series lend their voices. We’re even treated to the official TV intro.
Levels take you through locations from the show, but none of it impresses. The graphics have a last-generation look. While the ‘Red Fly’ developed ‘TMNT Out of The Shadows’ used the unreal engine, company ‘Magic Pockets’ didn’t even bother trying. I’m supposed to be reviewing the 360 version, but they must have lifted this from the Wii. In fact, there are plenty of better looking Wii titles that would put this to shame. At least the characters do resemble their show counterparts, but incredibly downgraded of course. This game just looks awful. No level nor boss at any part of this game stands out. Menu screens, cut scenes. You name it. It was obvious the game was rushed for season 2 of Turtles, but how is the gameplay?
All Turtles can be upgraded. A tad. While out of the shadows took gamers down a long path of character progression, the Nick version is very limited. Since it’s geared towards children, depth really isn’t a necessity. Still, the way you land attacks isn’t very satisfying. finishing moves are triggered with the Y button. Better use this tactic a lot since enemies are damage sponges. It’s the same finish repeated over and over if you go that route. You could throw a goon into a trash can, it will leave them trapped. Tossing them against the screen Turtles 4 style is another option. Even still, doing any of these tactics gets old early on. After upgrading your strength, baddies still withstand too much. As you can imagine, it kills the pacing of the game. A big no-no in the side scrolling genre. Dialogue in battle gets very annoying. The Krang will say the same thing two or three times in a row.
Levels are structured the same. Point A, Point B, Boss. Then do it all again. Even the retro titles provided gamers with diversity. Sewer Surfing from Turtles 4, had the gang riding on boards. Or how about the level Neon Night Riders? Cruising in a future world. Little stuff like that freshens the experience. This game has none of those moments whatsoever.
Finding enough hidden Mutagen containers, will unlock bonus modes. Time Attack and Survival Mode. Time attack sees players competing through the same levels again, going for the best time. Online leader-boards are non-existent, so your competing with yourself. Survival features three levels. Stay in one area and take on waves of repetitive enemies. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an absolutely mindless button masher. A bit of fun can be had with friends, but were not even sure how long that will last. Even for children at a young age, It’s tough to recommend. Parents can do better. Pick from any Lego games, Mario, Or just watch the show instead.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gets
Out of Five
+Better with 4 Players
+Final Boss fight wasn’t bad