spiceninja's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled (Xbox 360 Games Store) review

You'll have more fun remembering the game than playing it

It's been a while since the arcade release of Turtles in Time. It's gone down in history as one of the greatest arcade games of all time and for good reason. It was a great beat em' up that let 4 people play on the same machine at one time. It truly was an experience to behold. But games have progressed a lot since then and old school beat em' ups just don't hold up as well anymore and this remake of Turtles in Time is no exception.
 
In Turtles you get very few play modes. There is Story mode that is 4 players online and off, a Quickplay mode that lets you skip to any level you've already played through, and one other mode called Survival were you only have 1 life and when you die it's game over. All of these modes have the same 4 difficulty levels to choose from. The online works well enough and it handles lag very well. You won't experience any slow down but the players on the screen will jolt around if your connection can't keep up. 
 
Whether or not the gameplay is good is really a matter of personal opinion. If you still enjoy old school beat em' ups that are all about holding Right and wailing on the X button then this game is for you. If you've since abandoned that style of gameplay and can't find yourself getting back into it then this game won't win you over. All the turtles play exactly the same other than some characters having further reach with their attacks, like Donatello and his bow staff, or some moving faster than others. But no matter what Turtle you pick your game experience will remain the same. You can also now attack in all 8 directions instead of just in front of you and behind you and this makes the game a lot easier than it previously was.
 
If your someone who never played the arcade version but instead played the SNES version then this isn't the game you remember. This is the arcade version remade. That means you don't get a Technodrome level and Shredder instead transports you back in time at the end of the 3rd level where you're in the sewer fighting the yellow Alien lookalike monsters. The prehistoric level does not have the evil spiked turtle as a boss but instead has a mud monster for the boss. Also in the pirate ship level you fight Toka and Razar instead of a pirate Beebop and Rocksteady. So this is a fairly different game than the SNES version and you should keep this in mind before paying for a copy. 
 
So for $10 you get a very outdated game that probably isn't the version you remember. On top of that you can beat the game in about 30 minutes and if you know what your doing you can get most of the achievements in one play through.  You also can't switch the graphics back to the classic look so your stuck with the updated look. Buying the game is just a matter of whether or not you want to play an outdated beat em' up.

5 Comments
Posted by bandro

Good review.
 
It's a shame it's not the SNES version as that is the version I remember, and I want to buy this game for nostalgia alone.  I mean, it was pretty much all I played at one point in my life.  I think all Turtles games need to have Rocksteady and Beebop in them.
 
Does it include the level where you're throwing footsoldiers towards the screen at Shredder?

Posted by mordecaix7
@bandro said:
" Does it include the level where you're throwing footsoldiers towards the screen at Shredder? "
That's the technodrome level that's talking about that is ONLY in the SNES version.
 
I wish I would have read this review before buying the game.  I'm slightly disappointed in it.  Not necessarily a waste of 800 moon points but I would have rather used it to help offset the cost of Marvel vs Capcom 2.
Posted by bandro

oh ok.  well at least if you buy all the summer of arcade games you'll get the money you spent on turtles in time back..?

Posted by spiceninja
@bandro said:
" oh ok.  well at least if you buy all the summer of arcade games you'll get the money you spent on turtles in time back..? "
As far as I know when you buy all 5 Summer of Arcade games then Microsoft will credit you with 800 points. So yeah, you'll end up getting TMNT for free.
Posted by bandro

which isn't bad, considering all of the summer of arcade titles are pretty brilliant.  with the possible exception of trials HD - simply because I don't know what to expect.

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