Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Common Sense Media says

Simple, unimaginative action brawler extends the TV show.






What parents need to know

Positive messages

You play as the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, who are tasked with stopping an evil uprising. But because you're doing it through physical battles -- as cartoon-like as they might be -- the game does not have a positive message. 


Positive role models

The four Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles are the "good guys" who want to fight against evil, and they all look out for one another and protect innocent people. Still, they rely mostly on violence to defeat enemies, so they aren't the most ideal role models for young kids.

Ease of play

The cartoon action game offers simple controls for moving the characters and battling enemies. There isn't a very big learning curve at all. Nintendo Wii gamers might opt for the classic gamepad controller instead of the Wii Remote.


The game has some fantasy violence as the four Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles use weapons -- such as a katana, a sai, a bo, and nunchucks -- along with kicks and punches to defeat the numerous enemies in the game. This Nickelodeon-branded game is very cartoonish, though, and therefore not realistic at all.

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The game is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show on Nickelodeon, with a similar look and sound, and could be viewed as a marketing tool.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is directly based on Nickelodeon's CGA-based show of the same name: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Although the four main heroes are noble and brave and fight against evil, they do use weapons and fists to defeat enemies. The fantasy, cartoon violence is quite tame compared to other video games, however. There's also some "comic mischief," including references to "puking" and sewage, as well as some belching.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making


  • goal-setting
  • work to achieve goals


  • cooperation
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making


  • goal-setting
  • work to achieve goals


  • cooperation
  • teamwork

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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What's it about?

Based on Nickelodeon's computer-animated television show of the same name, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES from Activision is an action-heavy brawler that has you fighting against numerous enemies -- such as Shredder, Fishface, and countless human and robotic minions -- using familiar weapons (katanas, staffs, throwing stars) and hand-to-hand moves. Playing from a third-person perspective with many side-scrolling elements, you can choose which heroic turtle to play as. Also, the game offers multiple gameplay modes, including local cooperative ("co-op") for up to four gamers, with drop-in and -out support, on the console versions of the game (Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360). A handheld version is very similar; the game is playable on the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS.

Is it any good?


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is OK, but it really doesn't offer much depth, replayability, or ingenuity. The main campaign has about 15 levels, which is adequate, but the simple gameplay mechanics and many animated cut-scene sequences grow thin after a short while. Sure, you can change up who you're playing as -- each character has his own unique moves -- but compared to other action games, this one grows tiring quickly. Its saving grace, perhaps, is the four-player co-op mode on the same television, which might prove fun for young siblings and friends. Unless you're a huge fan of the Nickelodeon series, wait until this one hits the bargain bins. 

Families can talk about...

  • Why do most TV show- and movie-related video games not fare as well critically or commercially? Is it because the best development studios are working on their own IPs (intellectual properties)? Are they rushed to come out in time? Are they really just part of the overall marketing engine? 

  • What is it about action games that draws you to them?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Price:$29.99 to $39.99
Available online?Not available online
Release date:October 22, 2013
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Sports and martial arts, Adventures, Misfits and underdogs
ESRB rating:E10+ for Comic Mischief, Fantasy Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 9 years old November 8, 2013

teenage munant sucky turtles

its sooooooooo bad don't buy it
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Too much sex
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Too much consumerism
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