Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade Attack
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this cartoon-based action game is entirely about fighting. There are no creative or puzzle aspects to it, just fighting. The ninja turtle characters will attract young kids to the game, but parents of such young children might take issue with the non-stop melee combat.
What's it about?
The story behind TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: ARCADE ATTACK revolves around the villanous Shredder setting off \"temporal surges\" and upsetting the electric grid in New York City. Criminals take advantage of the disturbance and start a crime spree. The ninja turtles run through town and beat people up to save the day.
Is it any good?
As the title implies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade Attack is set up to play like the old hack-and-slash button-mashing games that would often be found in arcades of old. The basic gist of these games is that two heroes walk through a series of streets, alleys, and hallways, beating up anyone who comes along. Real thinking or strategy isn't needed, just pounding buttons at the right times. As a recreation of those kinds of games, TMNT: Arcade Attack is, for better or worse, a success. The repetitive action can grow boring rather quickly, and would have at least been helped by some variety in the bad guys -- but instead you face the same few template villains over and over. When the comic-book panel story scenes that occur between levels are more exciting than the gameplay, that's a problem.
Online interaction: The game can't be played online, but two kids who own the game can play cooperatively through the DS's wireless connection.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Even thought the ninja turtles are very unrealistic cartoon characters, does their fighting still send a bad message to kids? Is there a difference between cartoon violence and realistic violence?