Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, for this writer, were hot growing up. From spending hours watching the cartoon, to playing with figures and games, and even dressing up as them for Halloween for years. While that craze has fallen short, this writer took a trip down memory lane and looked at some TMNT games to coincide with the release of the new movie. Coincidentally the dynamic foursome also celebrated their 30th Anniversary as of May. Reasons aside, let’s get to these four radical TMNT games. Cowabunga!
TMNT 3 - Radical Rescue: The Turtles haven’t explored a lot of genres. While this is still basically a side-scrolling platform action game, it’s done in the style of Metroid. Players start out as Michelangelo on the hunt for his brothers. There is one map and rescuing Turtles will add them to the party. While it certainly has its limitations, like no saving, it’s to be commended for an experimental Game Boy game.
TMNT 2 - The Arcade Game: Much better than the first Turtles game on the NES, this, as it eludes, is a port of the TMNT arcade game. It's a rad beat'em up with co-op, which was still a novelty on the NES back then. Good music, fun gameplay, but boy is it hard. Co-op is a must.
TMNT 4 - Turtles in Time: Hands down this is the best Turtles game around. It improved on the original arcade game with better visuals, better music, and better gameplay. Ubisoft remade the game for Xbox Live a few years ago, but it didn’t hold the same magic. Seek out a SNES, this game, and a buddy ASAP as pre-movie event this weekend.
TMNT GBA: This is based off of the last TMNT movie that kick started the current Turtles’ reboot along with the Nickelodeon show. It too is a beat'em up, but with a few RPG elements akin to River City Ransom. It may look like a cheap movie tie-in game from the box art, but diving inside will prove differently. It’s actually quite astounding, or rather, tubular, as the green heroes would say.