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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review (360)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of my favourite shows growing up in the 90’s. Having no knowledge of the new show until this game was given to me, I was a bit dubious as to whether it would remain true to the older style show and games.

TMNT-Screenshot_2Enter Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a beat ’em up based on the 2012 Nickelodeon reboot. In this setting, the Foot Clan are aliens, where as originally only Crang came from another dimension. The series introduces a new enemy alongside the Turtles’ old foes, called the Purple Dragons who fight both sides. As with many of the previous Turtles games, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brings four-player brawling action. You and your friends take control of the turtles and traverse the games 15 stages, taking down Foot Clan & purple dragon members left, right and centre, as well as facing off against a few bosses.

Old-school inspired brawlers may be few and far between these days, but there’s still a place for them when executed the right way – a thing that TMNT clearly doesn’t do from the very get go. Where the game stumbles is that the combat simply isn’t fun to play at all. With only one attack button and another dedicated to a rechargeable special attack, there’s simply not a lot to do in the game. The disappointment is added to by the fact that the game feels clunky and just not fluid at all. This is not helped further when playing alone, as the AI in the game is some of the worst I have ever encountered. Turtles just stand around taking hits from the enemies unless they are in use by the player. Rampant glitches, bugs, and flaws drag the already mediocre experience down, for example; a glitch that snags players in place and leaves them unable to move.

TMNT-Screenshot_3The game is rendered well although it does have some slight issues, especially during cut scenes. Character edges look clumsy making them look rather ugly, this is made worse by some of the poorest lip syncing I’ve seen in a game. The game is just badly designed. There is evidence all around of the game being a small budget game with corners and polish cut everywhere to the point of rendering the game almost unplayable. Regardless of the fact it’s a kids game, even little ones will be aware that the game is just broken.

It’s hard not to look at the immense amount of flaws within the game and the fact that Activision and Nickelodeon have once again missed out on an opportunity to deliver. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a £40* game that feels like it should cost £10. In the end the only reason you should play this latest TMNT outing is if you’re a die-hard fan with some time on your hands, or you happen to have a kid who wants to play with mummy or daddy. Other than that my main advice would be to steer clear of this and save your money for something else that interests you.

1.5 environment glitched turtles out of 5

*Editor note: at time of publication, the game had already dropped to £25 in some retailers

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Review (360), 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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