Netflix does it once more with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, a side-scrolling beat ’em up that is a collaborative effort from Nickelodeon, Playdigious, Tribute Video games and Dotemu. With its retro pixel artwork and soundtrack from Tee Lopes bringing all of the old-school vibes, is it price travelling again in time to dive into it, or do you have to get your dose of nostalgia elsewhere?

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The visuals of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge are all about going old-school. Even the display’s facet ratio harkens again to the nice ol’ days of arcade gaming – the truth is, you possibly can even select to go in your journey with the Heroes in a Half Shell in traditional Arcade mode with none saves and solely a restricted variety of coins-slash-lives.

It is laborious to not yell “Cowabunga” together with Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo after they simply look so darn good in these pixels – to not point out every degree additionally contains a absolutely retro really feel full with the interactive backgrounds and quirky Foot Troopers. In the event you’re the extra observant kind, you may even spot the members of the Foot Clan going about their day-to-day routines in typically humorous conditions like baking truffles and doing yoga. It offers you a little bit glimpse into their on a regular basis lives earlier than you arrive and offers them a very good beating, which could simply make you query who the dangerous guys actually are in right here.

The soundtrack provides to the nostalgic attraction of the sport, and even the nonetheless photos that signify reduce scenes together with the title card per degree complement the general retro ambiance. All of it jogs my memory a lot of 1991’s Turtles In Time, from the menu design to the voiceover of “Huge Apple, 3AM” (which has been up to date to 3PM right here).


As anticipated of the style, you may play by means of every degree whereas beating up dangerous guys till you get to the boss struggle on that stage. This strikes the story alongside (for those who’re within the Story Mode) and helps you unlock bonuses for those who’re a tad extra diligent – this implies you could fulfil requests from NPCs like Burne and gather newspapers and different gadgets littered all through every degree. They are often behind destructible gadgets or whatnot, so it pays to wreck every thing in sight on every stage. You would possibly even likelihood upon little Easter eggs like Attila the Frog, Genghis Frog, Napoleon Bonafrog and Rasputin the Mad Frog, that are fairly cool touches for longtime followers.

In fact, the sport is ideally meant to be performed on a controller, so on the cell model, you possibly can count on your typical digital D-pad and motion buttons. They do take up precious house on the restricted actual property of your cell machine’s display, particularly when your character is smudged right into a nook on the decrease left or the decrease proper. You’ll be able to alter the positions and sizes of the buttons, however you continue to cannot beat not having these buttons there altogether.

The digital D-pad additionally makes it more difficult to be on the proper airplane if you’re shifting up and down. With side-scrolling video games like this one, it is essential to be aligned with the enemy in order that your punches can really land, and sliding your thumb throughout the display with the digital directional buttons simply does not do too nicely in that respect. Fortunately, the sport options full controller help – I had no issues connecting my DualShock 4, 8BitDo Bluetooth controller, or my Razer Kishi for a bit extra management. The digital motion buttons, to be honest, do a very good job at telling you which of them button does what – generally much more so than the precise controller.


The general expertise feels extraordinarily much like Turtles In Time, as I discussed, and it is a welcome feeling. The sport nails that nostalgic enchantment whereas updating the sport with fashionable comforts like auto-saves, and it is as fabulous as Streets of Rage 4 – one other Playdigious masterpiece.

I did, nevertheless, encounter a number of hiccups in terms of the sport’s multiplayer operate. Beat ’em ups, in my view, are solely ever as enjoyable because the folks you play them with, and whereas native sofa co-op would’ve been perfect, it isn’t typically attainable with co-op cell video games. You may normally have to attach along with your greatest buds on-line, which is the place a steady web connection turns out to be useful.

My very own WiFi connection is not probably the most dependable, and every time it could get reduce off, my partymate (who additionally must have their very own Netflix subscription) would drop out of the sport. Generally, reconnecting is a straightforward matter of leaping proper again in the place we left off – different instances, whoever bought disconnected would begin the stage from the very starting as a solo participant. Interruptions like this positively put a damper on a very exhilarating brawl.

General, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is a superb journey down reminiscence lane for followers of the franchise, and particularly for followers of beat ’em ups. It may be a little bit of a problem to play co-op right here (particularly in case your on-line buddy does not have a Netflix subscription), but it surely’s truthfully some of the satisfying titles I’ve performed in a protracted whereas. 


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