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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 than 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 Amiga Sidescrolling stage (European version)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 5 - Underground Caverns
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles MSX Turtle captures...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES End of Area 1, The fight with Rocksteady, Greenwich Village Warehouse

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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 (3001)
Evil. Nostalgic Evil. NES Guy Chapman (1742)
It's difficult to explain just how bad this game is Commodore 64 Koos King (511)
Is it Castlevania or Ninja Turtles? Wii Fake Spam (94)
Go Ninja, go Ninja go! NES ETJB (447)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 85 out of 100 85
1UP! NES Jun 04, 2004 84 out of 100 84
HonestGamers NES Apr 28, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Play Time NES Aug, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70
neXGam NES 2002 5.9 out of 10 59
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1991 59 out of 100 59
Power Play NES Mar, 1990 57 out of 100 57
The DOS Spirit NES Dec 16, 2011 3 out of 6 50
PC-Spiele '92 DOS 1991 2 out of 10 20


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Copy protection

TMNT for DOS 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.

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".