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TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Review

Beat 'em up greatness

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS4 on 🍕

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is also available for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB

It's been a long time since a classic-style TMNT beat 'em up released so here's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge.

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I wish Leonardo didn't have to wreck this perfectly good arcade

A return to form

I grew up loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game on NES and years later when I got Turtles in Time for SNES, it completely knocked my socks off. Meanwhile, I'd play Fall of the Foot Clan on my Game Boy whenever my family took a car ride somewhere. So, imagine my delight when I started playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge as it took me back to the good old days when the series featured tight beat 'em up action that you can enjoy with a friend. Well, this time 6 players can cooperate together which is totally radical, dude. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm glad the turtles are back and better than ever. v1d30chumz 3-239-112-140

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Presentation

The graphics in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge aren't authentically retro nor are they artistically stylish like in Streets Of Rage 4. Instead, it features pixel-perfect sprites and backgrounds that are retro-inspired yet modern which I feel is the best direction that the developers could have taken. Not only is everything superbly animated from the walk cycles to the fighting; there's also a great deal of humour on display. Watching Foot Clan soldiers enjoy a popsicle in the park only for you to catch them by surprise is downright hilarious. Thankfully, this sense of fun remains strong from start to finish and never once overstays its welcome. 😊

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There's nothing quite like eating pizza and beating up the Foot Clan on a hot summer day

Gameplay

After thinking a lot about it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge may just be the smoothest beat 'em up I've ever played. Its controls are perfect for casual play while also featuring enough complexity so that genre veterans can pull off awesome moves such as escaping from throws, roll-attacking, and super dive attacks that can break up a cluster of foes with ease. There's a lot to it for sure but my only complaint is that no matter which character you play as, the core gameplay doesn't change as much as I hoped. For example, the super attack may look different but it merely hurts nearby enemies. I would have liked to see a completely different set of moves for each character. Oh, and for the record; you can play as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, April, Splinter, and Casey Jones.

Campaign

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge consists of a whopping 16 stages that each feature their own memorable scenarios, environments, and bosses and you can play them in either Story or Arcade mode with the latter simply being more difficult as your lives are limited. After selecting your characters, you and your friends will play through stages via a node-based world map in Story mode and as you play, you'll earn points for your character which lets them level-up thus granting them more hit points, power gauges, lives, and super attacks. It's fun to max out your favourite character which I did with Leonardo as soon as I possibly could. 😄

Extras

Even with such a spectacular campaign, I wish that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge included more modes such as a Versus mode. That would have been a great way to break up the cooperative fun, especially if you could challenge people online. On the plus side, I enjoyed the fact that you can complete challenges in each stage as well as find collectibles. With that in mind, the collectibles are super-easy to discover and I was only missing one when I completed the campaign. Because of this, the only substantial replay incentive is the challenges which can be rather difficult to master. Levelling up the characters is cool, too, albeit quite tedious.

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If a rat gnaws Splinter, is that cannibalism?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is simply the best beat 'em up released in the modern age. With gameplay that appeals to newbies and veterans alike, stellar visuals, and super-fun co-op play, there's a lot to love.

  • + Excellent beat 'em up gameplay that's packed with cool moves
  • + Superb graphics and sense of humour
  • + Playing cooperatively is a blast
  • - Different characters play a bit too similarly
  • - Not much replay value besides challenges
  • - Could use more modes such as Versus
8.3 out of 10
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