Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Nostalgic ninja arcade action on the half shell.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Features overall themes of classic "good vs. evil" and helping to save the city. Both story and gameplay also focus on friendship and teamwork, with players working together to defeat enemies, cheer each other on in battle, and pick up teammates when they've been downed.
Positive Role Models
The turtles and their friends are positive, heroic characters, willing to put themselves at risk to save those in need. They have close ties to each other and are generally positive in their personalities and demeanor, finding a bright side and humor even in dire circumstances.
Each turtle fills a stereotypical personality type, such as serious leader, rebel, brainy geek, and fun-loving goofball. The addition of April gives female representation a strong lead, but there's no other real representation in the game.
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Ease of Play
Controls are easy to pick up and play, with a classic button-mashing arcade style. While waves of enemies can add to the difficulty of each stage, that's balanced with multiplayer support for up to six players to divvy up the danger.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is constant, with characters using a variety of martial arts skills and weapons against one another. A lot of the violence is cartoonish and over the top in nature, though, and there's never any blood or graphic violence on-screen.
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Some occasional juvenile name-calling in dialogue, and occasional tongue-in-cheek wordplay, such as "What the shell?"
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Products & Purchases
The game is a complete package without in-game purchases. But it's based on the wildly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, which has no shortage of comic books, cartoons, movies, toys, games, and other merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is an arcade-style action game available on the Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game is based on the original '80s–'90s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and serves as a sort of sequel to the original arcade games of that era. Players choose their character and fight against waves of enemies and boss characters using a variety of over-the-top martial arts skills and weapons. Violence is a constant part of the action, but there's never any blood or graphic violence on-screen. Defeated foes either fly off-screen, explode, or simply disappear. One to six players can play in either online or local co-op play.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
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Fun classic beat-em-up TMNT style game. No blood or foul-language. Highly recommend.
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What’s It About?
The Ninja Turtles are back in action with TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHREDDER'S REVENGE. When Shredder unleashes his latest plan to take over New York City, it's up to everyone's favorite heroes in a half shell to save the day. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael won't have to fight alone against Shredder and his Foot Clan minions, though, as April O'Neil, Splinter, and Casey Jones all join the fray for this new arcade adventure. You'll battle against the likes of TMNT mainstays Rocksteady, Bebop, and Baxter Stockman in familiar locales, from the depths of the NYC sewers to the rooftops of Manhattan and all the way to Krang's doorsteps in Dimension X. Players will hit the streets solo or put together a pizza party of up to five friends either locally or online for classic multiplayer mayhem straight from the heyday of the arcade era.
Is It Any Good?
This is a love letter to those days of '80s and '90s kids crowding around the TMNT machines at the local arcade. With the exception of the dimly lit, overly crowded space and the need to feed the machine quarters like pizza to a Ninja Turtle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is a near perfect re-creation of that classic arcade experience. The game uses a retro art style reminiscent of both the colorful cartoon character designs and the slightly pixelated fidelity of games from that era. The sounds and score seem lifted straight from the cartoon. And in the case of the four turtles, they actually were, thanks to voice-overs provided by the original actors.
While there's no shortage of nostalgia packed into Shredder's Revenge, it wouldn't mean much if the game wasn't fun to play. Thankfully, that's not the case. It's got arcade-authentic controls, full of all the button-mashing combos one could ask for. And even though the controls are the same across the roster, each character still feels distinct from the rest, with unique attacks and animations. The game can be difficult to tackle solo, but it's absolute mayhem in multiplayer. Couch co-op is great fun at parties and other gatherings, but it'll likely mean investing in a few extra controllers. Online play is great, but if you want to party up with friends, everyone will need to have their own copy of the game. Matchmaking with strangers is always an option, but you never quite know what kind of player you'll run into or if they'll even stick around through the stage. The game encourages players to replay stages to accomplish challenges and find hidden secrets, but this makes the game start to feel more repetitive after a while. Even so, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is a surefire way to scratch that nostalgic '80s itch and leave fans with that "Cowabunga" vibe.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in kids' entertainment. What is the impact of mostly cartoonish violence like that seen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge -- especially when it's directed at younger audiences? Why is over-the-top cartoon violence more acceptable than more realistic depictions of violence?
What's the appeal in revisiting classic franchises? How can a rebooted or revisited series help to connect different generations?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid ($24.99)
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: DotEmu
- Release date: June 16, 2022
- Genre: Arcade
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Superheroes, Friendship, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: June 28, 2022
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