Review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. The perfect portal to childhood
Recently released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge . This is an old-school beat ’em up about ninja turtles, which has already managed to impress the community . Gamers will have to run through cute levels and beat Bebop, Rocksteady, Shredder and other villains. But is it worth spending time on a novelty? I completed Shredder’s Revenge and I hasten to share my impressions!
What were you expecting from Shredder’s Revenge?
The demand for retro projects is growing for a reason. Modern studios often cut games not to realize a creative idea or convey an important idea. Their creation is the fruit of marketing research, which determines the gameplay features, plot and approach to monetization.
For example, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is not a bad game – it is quite normal . However, the passage does not corny bring emotions: Eivor runs through beautiful areas and effectively cuts enemies, but the process quickly gets bored. Alas, this is not an isolated case.
To feel the same drive and enthusiasm, as in the nineties, gamers have to open a portal to the past. Old-school projects like the good Turbo Overkill or the weird Death Trash don’t try to stretch the gameplay or catch trends – their goal is just to entertain the oldies.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a game of the same breed. The visual is pixelated, the combat cannot be called fancy, and the passage takes a couple of hours – however, all this does not prevent the novelty from becoming one of the main releases of this summer.
The plot of Shredder’s Revenge is straightforward – in some ways it resembles an ordinary episode from the legendary 1987 Turtles animated series. The heroes were just sitting in the sewer, eating pizza and watching TV, when suddenly the villains en masse attacked the city and captured the Statue of Liberty. They also took control of television broadcasting: now Bebop flaunts on the screen and carries all sorts of nonsense. Turtles are not ready to endure such a disgrace.
In general, this is the whole story. Turtles in company with Splinter and April will get to the surface and go to beat the villains. Almost all known villains will fall under the distribution: Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, Digger, Rat King, Shredder and many others. Nothing more can be said about the script.
However, it would be strange to expect a fancy plot from Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, and the story copes with the main task. The Turtles will meet iconic villains, meet famous supporting characters and walk through recognizable places. Well, gamers don’t need more!
Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge sets you in the right mood from the very first minutes. The game opens with a chic video , which almost completely copies the intro from the old animated series. There are differences, but they do not interfere with having fun – in the end, it does not matter that April has become a tougher fighter.
The first levels immerse you even more in the atmosphere of old-school fun. In front of gamers is a classic beat ’em up, in which there is nothing superfluous. We wander around the locations, beat the faces of the fighters of the Foot clan, and in the final of each level we fight with a powerful boss.
The only thing you can get distracted by is collecting collectibles. Newspapers, personal diaries, video cassettes and other rubbish are often hidden at the levels. If you collect them and take them to characters like Burn Thompson, you will get a lot of experience.
Over time, opponents will enter the arena with swords, spears, shields, bows and other weapons – each of them requires a special approach. Spearmen will not let the hero close to them, shield owners are vulnerable only from the back, archers keep their distance and run away. There are many options, but usually several types of enemies attack at once.
Plus, the heroes have their own cool combinations, ults and other chips. It feels like not all characters are equally useful: it’s strange, but the nimble April outperforms the slow Splinter. However, testing different fighters and combining them in battle is cool. The skills of the same Splinter are enough to pile on Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady and other villains, even at a high level of difficulty.
Most of the levels are foot races from one end of the screen to the other, but at times the developers throw in other activities. Once, the turtles will have to catch up with a jeep on skateboards or fly on fancy boards through the air. Such episodes refresh the process well: the gameplay becomes more driving, the path is blocked not only by enemies, but also by obstacles like potholes on the road, and boss battles are great fun.
Boss fights are generally one of the main features of Shredder’s Revenge. Mighty enemies await at the end of each level and demand to delve into the moveset. You can’t just stand in front of the Shredder and swing your fists – you will immediately get hit back. Turtles need to wait for the right moment, dodge in time and constantly maintain concentration.
Of course, not all boss fights are equally good – some turned out to be too stuffy. For example, the Rat King loves to run away from the battlefield and summon rodents. At this moment, you can’t hit him – you have to sadly jump over the creatures and wait for the window to hit. Such an approach delays fights.
Fortunately, most of the bosses are fun. There is nothing more fun than fighting Bebop and Rocksteady at the same time. Iconic villains rush around the screen trying to gore turtles, shoot cannons and swing their legs deftly – while nothing distracts from the action.