Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Review

If there is a quartet of heroes that has given us endless games and fun, they are undoubtedly what we call the Ninja Turtles. Throughout history we have had one or the other appearance in each generation of games in different genres, but above all fighting games and beatem up. The latter had not participated in a long time, but that changed with the announcement last year of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge of Dotemu the developers of street rage 4.

We haven’t had a proper turtle game for consoles since 2014 with TMNT: The Mutagen Menace for Xbox 360, PS3 and Nintendo 3DS. In fact, their last appearance in the last generation was in Injustice 2 as DLC characters. However, the genre of me against the neighborhood has been one where our friends feel at home, and with Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge It is intended to recover the glory of the 90s.

Heroes in a Half-shell

The story in a beatem up, in general, they are a mere excuse, and in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge it will not be the exception. Our four friends, April O’Neil and Master Splinter are enjoying the comfort of the sewers when they see on television, on Channel 6, that the Foot Clan has hijacked the television plant because they want to fix Krank, who has been disarmed.

From here, we will go through a series of levels throughout Manhattan defeating both the Foot Clan minions and mutated enemies and other recurring ones in the series. We will also rescue secondary characters that have appeared throughout the different iterations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Unlike the 90’s games, each playable character has their own stats. For example, Leonardo is the most balanced character, April the fastest (one of the favorites) along with Michelangelo, Donatello the one with the longest reach, Raphael and Master Splinter the strongest and slowest. Each one has its own movements that go according to the personality of each character.

Turtle Power!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge it’s a game of the genre beatget ’em up on 2D that is very reminiscent of the titles released by Konami but with a modern touch. Once the game starts we can see a brief tutorial where we will learn the controls, which are simple: One button for attacks, one for jumping, one for dodging, another for taunting, etc. However, there are button combinations that give access to new mechanics, and this is what I meant when I said current touch.

We can start in one of the three difficulties that would be Calm, Acceptable and Chunga (Easy, Normal and Hard). The levels are shown on a map of Manhattan, in which we can return to a level that we have previously passed, this because they contain secrets in the form of characters and collectibles that will give us juicy rewards. Thus the game becomes quite replayable, something important for collectors.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge Review

We will be facing dozens of enemies or minions throughout the levels and these have different colors that indicate their level of health. Although they are generic enemies, they have variants that can make things difficult, such as enemies that throw shurikens, activate traps, and have weapons. We will also have items distributed throughout the levels that can help us, such as pizza boxes to restore health and perform a special attack.

The aforementioned new mechanics have a charged attack to do more damage or break defenses, another is to dodge attacks, and to recover if we receive a blow that knocks us out. We also have a power bar that, when filled, will perform a powerful devastating attack that will do a lot of damage to enemies. Other known mechanics are the throws, which have three variants: throw to the ground, towards the screen and to both sides.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge Review

The title has two main game modes that are the Story Mode and Arcade Mode. In Story Mode we go through the levels in the pre-established order following the plot. In Arcade Mode, things change, since it is the experience of the classic games, where there is a limited number of lives, tougher enemies and if we lose we will have to start from scratch.

Also, it obviously has a local and online multiplayer mode for up to six players. Each player can choose one of the seven characters (six available and one to unlock), to distribute madrazos and pizza to the enemies. On Nintendo Switch I was able to verify that both Joy-Con can be used as a controller, which means that if we have a friend who can lend us his, we can complete the squad.

Finally, we have a series of achievements, even on Nintendo Switch, ranging from clearing levels, reviving an ally a certain number of times, completing the game on different levels, and other more complex feats. This adds even more to the replayability factor of the game, because we will notice that it is a bit short.

Let’s Kick Shell!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge Review

Its graphic section is in Pixel Art, with some models that have many animations and are very colorful. The settings are not far behind, and it has a very colorful animated representation of the city of Manhattan. Curiously, the game looks better in portable mode, since in Dock Mode the pixels are more noticeable, but it is not something to shout to heaven.

Musically, it complies with instrumental themes reminiscent of the animated series. Some scenes have voices in English, and texts in Spanish, although it has a very literal translation. For example, the translation of Hits It’s Clues, the one from Join is to group


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a love letter to classic games beatem up from the 90s. We will travel through the city of Manhattan dealing blows left and right with the dizzying gameplay that Dotemu knows how to give his titles. Each character is well differentiated and the levels are full of secrets to discover. It is highly replayable due to its replay value such as secrets, collectibles and the different difficulties, although it seems a bit short.

Note: This review was made on the Nintendo Switch version and the code was provided thanks to Dotemu.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Review

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