Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time Re-Shelled Review (Xbox360)

Although there may be cases of gamers not wanting to experience nostalgia and relive the former glory of classic arcade titles from yesteryear, the consensus usually sides with gamers who are clamoring for more upgrades of their favorite titles from their childhood. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is no different than say Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix; a re-skinned classic that is ready to thrill fanatics on the digital arcades. While the true hardcore fans may cry foul due to the change from 2D sprites to 3D character models, it shouldn’t hold them back from enjoying themselves with Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.

It’s inevitable; gamers purchasing Turtles in Time Re-Shelled will immediately be jumping into the online cooperative mode that supports the four turtles in ninja action. Taking the action online is superb when it comes to the functionality – it barely ever lagged during my sessions when connecting to three human allies. If gamers don’t favor the online experience, they can play offline with three of their friends and run through the game.

When I say run through the game, I literally mean you can blitz through the single-player campaign in a matter of two hours at max on the Hardcore difficulty. There are four difficulty levels to play through, so gamers can always up the ante if they feel inclined. Included in the package to increase the longevity of Turtles in Time Re-Shelled are the options to play through a Quick Play mode and a Survival mode. The former allows you to pick a level and practice against the bosses that give you fits, while the latter is about playing as perfect as you can as you won’t be allotted any respawns. Both provide beneficial results in the replay value department, so Ubisoft did well with adding them in.

The gameplay doesn’t remain untouched – Ubisoft has added in new attacks. These attacks are directional based as players can now attack in all four directions. For awhile, gamers might not even attempt to attack enemies directly above them, but once they find that they can jump and attack an enemy standing above them, there’s no going back. The core gameplay remains intact though; you’ll be grabbed by the Foot Clan soldiers and must shake your left thumbstick to free yourself, you can jump and double jump, along with performing rush attacks. If you thought your fond memories were going to be ruined, then you can breathe a sigh of relief since Turtles in Time Re-Shelled keeps the two simple attacks and addictive beat ‘em up gameplay.

As for the levels, they remain faithfully in tact. Staying true to the arcade version rather than the SNES version, there are nine levels to play through and eight boss fights to encounter (rather than the 10 levels and 10 boss fights from the SNES iteration). Despite what nostalgia led me to believe, the Tokka and Rahzar level turned out to be the second least favorite of all the levels due to the countless planks of wood from the pirate ship that smack into a turtles’ face. The award for the most lackluster level goes to Cement Man’s level due to how mind-numbing the boss fight turned out to be. Outside of those two levels, the rest of the levels were fantastically entertaining; especially the encounters with the charismatic Super Krang and deadly Shedder.

Once again though, the graphics shouldn’t hold back hardcore fans of the turtles from purchasing Turtles in Time Re-Shelled. Sure, you can’t revert back to the original sprites from the 1991 arcade release, but the 3D graphics are appealing at times to say the least. Ubisoft went ahead and added in new animations such as the Foot Clan trying to keep their balance on a train in the Leatherhead level or their flying saucers in the Super Krang level. In addition, the humor is still there with all four turtles providing funny lines when they are battling or getting attacked.

So are you ready to travel through time and save the Statue of Liberty from the nefarious Shredder and the equally deviant Super Krang? If so, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled can be all yours for 800 space bucks (Microsoft Points) on Xbox Live on August 5. The PlayStation Network release will arrive later this year at a date to be announced. Call up your friends – or don’t if they were a fan of Street Sharks –and jump into one of better beat ‘em up titles from the ‘90’s that has held up well since its release.

Top Game Moment: Fighting Super Krang at the end of the A.D. 2020: Neon Night-Rider's level was extraordinarily fun. The voice-acting for Krang helped pave way for an amusing time.

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By noobst3R (SI Core) on Aug 09, 2009
Lol, i remember myself playing some ninja turtle game on the original Gameboy when i was 7.... :P
By RENEMER (SI Veteran Newbie) on Jan 03, 2010
hehe, but I must admit its great. :)