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"Well… it's kind of fun."
My friends and I kept saying this all while playing this game, I swear. The fact was, we simply didn't want to admit to ourselves that the game really wasn't all that fun.
TMNT Mutant Melee is the culmination of meticulous gameplay, awkward controls, and dismal sound found within an arena-themed adventure game
The notorious man-sized amphibians make a return. Again.
I know this is a bargain children’s title, but I did expect more from an officially licensed TMNT product. Kids - and by kids I mean really young kids - may get a kick out of taking control of a turtle, but that’s about it. Slightly older children will find Mutant Melee too boring (it is challenging, however) and repetitive, and adults will find the lack of a technical aspect and responsive controls excruciating.
Mutant Melee is an incredibly slapdash and barren game that has absolutely nothing to offer you.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were mysteriously absent during the 90s. I would have said conspicuously absent but nobody seemed to miss them. Their demised can be attributed to eventually reaching over-saturation and finally imploded. Now they're back due to a new cartoon which has already spawned a couple of videogames. The latest game is entitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee and like the last two games, threatens to send the Turtles back into hibernation or wherever the hell they went last time.
This beat’em up tries to breathe more life into this fading franchise, and fails to really succeed, even at twenty dollars. What you get is a wannabe Power Stone, yet it is still better than Stake. Only the true die-hard turtle fans will want to wrap their shells around this one.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fused with PowerStone-style gameplay should have been wonderful, but Mutant Melee is anything but.
I think Konami is trying to steal money from children. The last two Turtle games, based on the new Saturday morning cartoon series, were straightforward masher-style beat-‘em-ups. They were mediocre, but at least they vaguely resembled the quarter-munching TMNT arcade games of old. With Mutant Melee, Konami has opted keep the simplistic brawler mechanics of those games, but ditch the actual action structure. The result is a hollow, monotonous multiplayer fighting game.