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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan is a third-person action game where players use a variety of weapons, as well as their fists and feet to fight ninjas and other bad guys. The turtles are armed with swords, nunchucks, sais, and a staff but also have access to a variety of special attacks they use to punch, kick, slap, and generally annoy their enemies. But while some of their weapons are sharp, there's no blood or gore, nor do any of the bad guys curse when being punched, kicked, and so on. This is the latest video game in the Turtles franchise, which has expanded to loads of toys, TV shows, comic books, and more, so kids may be interested in checking out other products.
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What's it about?
Inspired more by the cartoon than the new live-action movie, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANTS IN MANHATTAN has the heroes on a half shell once again teaming up to stop Shredder and General Krang, who have sent their minions into the streets, subways, and sewers of New York City for a crime spree. But it quickly becomes apparent that there's more going on than a bunch of bank robberies. It's up to the Turtles to stop the bad guys, save the city, and eat lots of pizza.
Is it any good?
Like the cartoon that inspired it, this third-person hack-and-slash action game is decidedly more for kids than older fans of the animated action series. Armed with a variety of weapons, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have to run around small but open areas of New York City, as well as the more enclosed sewers and subways, where they battle ninjas and other bad guys. Along with fast and strong attacks, the turtles have cool tag-team attacks, and characters can buy power-ups that include pizza slices that, of course, restore your health. Players can also switch among the turtles when playing on their own, while co-op lets up to four players each control a different adolescent, genetically modified sneaky warrior. But while the game has a lot of fan service, and even a bit of depth, it's still decidedly a kids' game, more suited for fans of the recent cartoon than the old animated show or even the original (and decidedly more mature) comic books. Not only can action get a bit repetitive, since you're largely just running from one skirmish to another, but you also often face enemies who aren't terribly bright. The game isn't terribly long, while its story is rather predictable and uninteresting. Still, if you're a kid and you love the cartoon, you'll have fun smacking bad guys in this game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in games. Do you feel different about the violence in this game because it's cartoony and there's no blood?
Families can talk about who Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are named after. What can you learn about their real-life namesakes: Leonardo da Vinci, Donatello Donato di Niccolo di Betto Bardi, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, and Raphael Sanzio da Urbino? What do you think these artists would think of their reptile counterparts?
Families can also talk about proper eating habits. Why is it not a good idea to eat really, really fast? Or to eat way too much? Or to just eat pizza?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: May 25, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Adventures
- ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: May 24, 2020
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