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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The TMNT heroes battle evil in the single player story mode, but this is primarily a multiplayer game with playable villains, so it's really about cartoony brawling for the fun of it.
Positive Role Models
The heroic Turtles typically battle villains and fight for justice, comic book style. In this game, however, players can assume the role of the villains, too.
Ease of Play
The game is accessible to novices and very simple to jump into.
Violence & Scariness
Characters attack each other with ninja knives, swords, bombs, fists, and heavy objects.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the playable characters wears a skintight jumpsuit and bonus comic cover art features women with exaggerated breasts showing cleavage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up is a frenzied beat-'em-up game where you can play as the good guy or the villain. Players select characters including turtles, humans and robots and battle each other in free-for-all style using swords, hockey sticks, bombs, and fists. The frenetic combat is depicted in "cartoony" fashion with flashes of light, sound, and explosions accompanying the blows. The action is fun and a wild, with no blood, guns, or serious injury inflicted on the characters. Still, it's important to observe the +10 ESRB rating as younger children may find the game disorienting or frightening and have some trouble distinguishing virtual from real violence.
Is It Any Good?
Smash-Up all about batting friends in high-speed, multiplayer contests, and it's lots of fun. Players familiar with Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Brawl games will be right at home with Smash-Up. Novices, too, will have no problem with the simple controls, which allow for one-button primary and secondary attacks, with controller stick movement activating variations on these. Fans of the franchise will find lots to love as well, with bonus items like collectibles, comic book covers from the original series, and unlockable characters and mini games. The one big issue with Smash-Up, is the graphics. Because the screen is sometimes busy with action, the muddy and unpolished visuals can obscure what's happening and cause some frustration.
Online interaction: Players can battle others in online tournaments, though the gameplay doesn't vary from regular play as there's no voice or text chat.
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