Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade Attack

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Repetitive hack-and-slash doesn't excite much.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

It's kind of a draw. The violence and fighting is not ideal by any means and that is what this game is about, but the cooperative play sends very positive lessons about teamwork.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In addition to resorting to violence to solve their problems, the turtes also mock each other in most of the story scenes. One turtle also gripes about having to save the city when he'd rather be playing video games.

Ease of Play

Learning what few controls there are is simple. The difficulty curve isn't too steep, but boss battles are rather hard to handle.


The ninja turtles kick, hit, and throw human bad guys, as well as smacking them with various weapons (including swords -- though the swords are never shown to cut anyone). Defeated enemies fall backwards to the ground and disappear. Defeated turtles crumple to the floor and reach up for help.


The turtles tease one another with names like, "doofus."


This game belongs to a long line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product tie-ins, but not much is done here to further push the series.

What 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.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byguptahupta May 4, 2012
Kid, 7 years old December 30, 2009

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: November 10, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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