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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
45
2.9
Amstrad CPC
...
3.3
ZX Spectrum
...
3.3
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ZX Spectrum Main menu
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amiga Turtles gang (European version)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Japanese Title Screen
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ZX Spectrum Title screen

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 (3028)
Evil. Nostalgic Evil. NES Guy Chapman (1745)
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)

The Press Says

Quebec Gamers NES Jul 27, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Mar, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Game Freaks 365 NES Nov 01, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Megablast NES 1992 65 out of 100 65
Just Games Retro NES Apr 21, 2007 52 out of 100 52
Retrogaming.it NES Mar, 2008 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic NES Jun 15, 2004 C- 42
GameSpot Wii Apr 05, 2007 2.7 out of 10 27

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Why is it so hated? 25 Foxhack (12473)
Mar 17, 2009

Trivia

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

Related Web Sites

  • Howard & Nester do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In the July/August 1989 two-page installment, Nester helps the Ninja Turtles get through level three of their own game... and much pizza is eaten.)
  • NinjaTurtles.com (All sorts of info on the movies, comics and video games)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Wikipedia (article in the open encyclopedia about the game)
  • Under Manhattan (A shrine site for the TMNT series)
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