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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge review

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What is it? A long-awaited sequel to the classic arcade brawler TMNT: Turtles In Time.
Release date: June 15
Expect to pay: $25
Developer: Tribute Games Inc.
Publisher: Dotemu
Reviewed on: Windows 11, Nvidia 2080 Ti, Intel i9-9900k @ 4.9ghz, 32gb RAM
Multiplayer? 1-6 players local or online
Link: Official site (opens in new tab)

I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow ’90s cartoons and side-scrolling arcade brawlers, so it was with some excitement that I fired up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a modern follow-up to Konami’s arcade & SNES hit Turtles In Time. It’s an exercise in targeted nostalgia, opening with a fully animated intro, a cover of the Saturday morning theme song and even the promise of the original voice cast returning—albeit with 30 years of added rasp to their voices.

That’s a strong first impression and a tough one to live up to, but I’m happy to say that developers Tribute Games have managed to recapture that classic spark, even if it’s sometimes at risk of being snuffed out by a few attempted modernizations that don’t fully deliver.

(Image credit: Dotemu)

Putting its strongest two-toed foot forward, Shredder’s Revenge is an absolute joy to look at and listen to. Even with most of the game taking part in New York, each environment feels distinct, with the graffiti-daubed streets outside the TV station (where bad guys have painted the word ‘Foot’ over any sign where it’d make sense, plus a few where it doesn’t) leading to a chase down Broadway, a grungy sewer crawl, a trip to the zoo and beyond. The backdrops rarely repeat, which is impressive considering Shredder’s Revenge is about four times the length of Turtles In Time and far more detailed.

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