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Shredder’s Revenge video game review

One of the most beloved side-scrolling video game series of all time is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line of games released by Konami in the 80s and 90s. games take direct inspiration from the adaptation of the popular anime series which ran from 1987 to 1996. Although there have certainly been more modern Ninja Turtles games, the new title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge channels the spirit of classic arcade games of yesteryear and infuses it with modern gaming sensibilities.


Matching the visual aesthetic of the fan-favorite animated series, the villainous Shredder and his minions have gathered to launch a new attack on New York City. Rising out of their sewer house to defend their city, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, four guys who love pizza and a sophisticated martial arts background. This time, Turtles mentor Master Splinter, their investigative journalist friend April O’Neil and hockey mask-wearing vigilante Casey Jones are all in on the action to bring their Foot Clan home once and for all.


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From its opening themes and menu screens, it’s clear that developer Tribute Games and publisher Dotemu have written a clear love letter for classic Ninja Turtles games like those from 1991. turtles in time and the 1989 arcade game. The stages are environments that feel right at home in the animated series, from April’s TV news studio to the mall, though those throwback elements masterfully handle the balance of retro but not dated feeling. Team members have created an impressive range of games that similarly exhibit this balance – Streets of rage 4 and Scott Pilgrim vs the World being the first to come to mind – and The Shredder’s Revenge continues this series of victories.


One of the most striking things about The Shredder’s Revenge is the increased level of gameplay variety and depth compared to previous Ninja Turtles Games. Each of the playable characters has their own attributes and slight differences in playstyle – not so much that players would be disappointed if they couldn’t play as their personal favorites, but the variance is noticeable. Likewise, there’s a considerably wider bench of enemy types throughout. The Shredder’s Revengeeach encouraging players to employ different strategies to defeat them more effectively rather than relying entirely on button mashing to get through waves of baddies.


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The multiplayer component has also been revamped to reflect modern gaming trends, with players able to jump in or out of the action at any time, via local or online cooperative play. With the expanded list of the four main Ninja Turtles, The Shredder’s Revenge allows for a staggering six-player multiplayer mode that manages not to turn into pure mayhem. This is done with the game seamlessly adapting to the number of players on screen at any given time, changing enemy counts and enemy types accordingly to enhance the experience.


In many ways, The Shredder’s Revenge feels like the Ninja Turtles game fans have been waiting since 1992 Hyperstone Break. The Shredder’s Revenge Looks very much like a continuation of the aesthetic and playstyle of the classic arcade game while feeling updated to give more depth and incorporate intuitive mechanics. Any fan of Ninja Turtles video games and side-scrolling beat ’em up titles should consider The Shredder’s Revenge a must-have, blending nostalgia with genuinely entertaining gameplay.

Developed by Tribute Games and published by Dotemu, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge goes on sale June 16 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.