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With April O'Neil held hostage by The Shredder's thugs, Bebop and Rocksteady, once again, it's up to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come to her rescue! Play as all four of the turtle heroes, rescue April, and then rescue your sensei Splinter from Mecha-Turtles clutches, and then go after The Shredder deep in the bowels of The Technodrome itself.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an action game based on the late eighties/early nineties cartoon series of the same name. Play as Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael (one turtle only, but the ability to swap between turtles at any time) as you save your friends and battle The Shredder and his cronies. There are no 'lives', as such - when you lose a turtle, he becomes 'captured', and you cannot use him again until you rescue him from a place hidden in the overworld.

Gameplay takes place in two perspectives: a top-down view, which lets you run around and explore buildings, sewers and other places. When entering places from the top-down view, the perspective shifts to a side-scrolling view, where most of the battling takes place. In addition to each turtle's main weapon, sub-weapons (such as shuriken) can be acquired, to use at foes - these have a limited use.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles DOS Team status and advice from Sensei Splinter
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 6 - Showdown with Shredder.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amiga Sidescrolling stage (European version)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Atari ST Introducing our cast.

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Alternate Titles

  • "激亀忍者伝" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Tortugas Ninja" -- Spanish title
  • "TMNT" -- Abbreviated title
  • "TMHT" -- Abbreviated title (Europe)
  • "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" -- European title
  • ""Les Tortues Ninja"" -- French title
  • "Gekikame Ninja Den" -- Japanese title
  • "げきかめにんじゃでん" -- Alternate Japanese spelling (Hiragana)

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User Reviews

They really kowa-bungled this one. NES PCGamer77 (3236)
Evil. Nostalgic Evil. NES Guy Chapman (2001)
It's difficult to explain just how bad this game is Commodore 64 Koos King (514)
Is it Castlevania or Ninja Turtles? Wii Fake Spam (94)
Go Ninja, go Ninja go! NES ETJB (450)

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Oct, 1989 9.4 out of 12 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Mar, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Play Time NES Aug, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Nov, 1989 23 out of 40 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1991 6.2 out of 12 52
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1991 36 out of 100 36
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 17, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 30
PC-Spiele '92 DOS 1991 2 out of 10 20


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Copy protection

TMNT was one of a few games from the period that featured copy-protection via a code sheet printed on so-called "copy proof" paper. This is dark maroon paper with black ink which most black and white copiers would not be able to copy in a readable form. The code sheet which was stapled into the game manual, featured hundreds of four digit numbers in a grid which you needed to look up to get into the game.

Buggy DOS version

The DOS version of the game released in the USA is infamous on its own right. Apart from being usually derided as a poor game (nothing unusual when it comes to games covering comic book, film or TV licenses), a glitch made it impossible to reach the end of an intermediate stage. The only way to reach the further stages was by using passwords. Apparently the UK version of the game (labeled as "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles", as opposed to "Ninja Turtles") corrected this bug and can be finished without cheating.

Cover art

The reason why the Turtles all wear red masks on the cover is because that's how it was in the comics.


In the movie The Wizard, Jimmy is seen playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the arcade at the Casino in Reno.


The translated Japanese title is "Ultra Turtle Ninja Legend".