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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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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 NES Area 5 - Fighting the Technodrome.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amstrad CPC The beginning
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES There's a map and you can choose where to go.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Commodore 64 Title screen (U. S. version)

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 (3020)
Evil. Nostalgic Evil. NES Guy Chapman (1744)
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

That Gaming Site NES Sep 24, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Mar, 1991 76 out of 100 76
Megablast NES 1992 65 out of 100 65
Datormagazin Amiga Feb 14, 1991 5 out of 10 50 NES Mar, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 45 out of 100 45
Power Play Commodore 64 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
GameSpot Wii Apr 05, 2007 2.7 out of 10 27
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Sep, 1990 2.2 out of 12 18


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Why is it so hated? 25 Foxhack (12444)
Mar 17, 2009


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".