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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.

Screenshots

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Area 2, Hudson, one of the 8 Bombs to defuse.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amiga Title screen (US version)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Last of the Eight bombs to defuse. Note watch out for the seaweed
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amstrad CPC On a conveyor belt

Promo Images

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine Advertisement
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine Advertisement Inside Front Cover

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 (3233)
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

Player One NES Oct, 1990 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jul, 1990 82 out of 100 82
64'er Commodore 64 May, 1991 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Nov, 1989 23 out of 40 58
Power Play NES Mar, 1990 57 out of 100 57
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jan, 1991 6.2 out of 12 52
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1991 45 out of 100 45
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1991 38 out of 100 38
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

Forums

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Why is it so hated? 25 Foxhack (24633)
Mar 17, 2009

Trivia

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.

References

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

Title

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

Awards