TMNT

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Repetitive, mediocre game lacks Turtle power.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Mixed messages here. There is a lot of talk of brotherhood and family teamwork, yet the goal is vigilantism and rough street justice.

Violence

Bad guys disappear in a poof when beaten. The game has a wide variety of weapons (staffs, nunchucks, swords, bows, guns, etc.), but the action is mostly of the beat-'em-up variety.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game is based on the movie of the same name and is part of the continuing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is basically a running and jumping "platformer" with some simple fighting scattered throughout. The controls are easy, with many acrobatic moves controlled with a single button and fighting controlled by motions of the Wii remote, which may allow younger players to enjoy the action. The violence is never graphic, but ninja weaponry, guns, bows and arrows, and bombs all come into play. Although the game is for one player, the story line stresses teamwork and family bonds.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymkv12162 April 9, 2008
Adult Written bypjandlori April 9, 2008

Game is ok, but only in the short term.

This game was fun for my son (6) and I at first. After a short time, it is too repetitive. With no multi-player, the game just seems to be the same over and o... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bytiara Lawhorn April 9, 2008

What's it about?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' newest video game adventure, TMNT, accompanies the movie of the same name. Players take control of one of the four very acrobatic Turtles and in no time they are running along walls, clinging to ledges, and jumping over yawning chasms. Most of this action is controlled with the thumbstick and buttons. The Wii motion controls are used to fight criminal toughs and evil ninjas scattered throughout the game world.

Is it any good?

Although Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo have the potential to be a great action-game team, TMNT is a short and simple game that seems little more than a quickie tie-in to the film. After 16 levels the play gets repetitive and even tedious. Mastering the acrobatics is simple unless the camera angles get bad. Combat is quite easy too -- just shake the remote over and over.

Completing levels with some skill unlocks some Mini games and challenges to increase the game length. But these bonuses are not enough to save TMNT from its mediocrity. It's a shame that a game that features a crime-fighting foursome and pays so much lip service to teamwork feels like such a solitary adventure. TMNT is a good choice for a weekend rental, but only die-hard fans of the wise-cracking heroes will enjoy having it in their collections.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the themes of vigilantism. Is it OK for heroes to take the law into their own hands, disregarding the authority of the police? Families can also discuss the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phenomenon. Are clever marketers overdoing the tie-in products or do you want to see more Turtles?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: March 19, 2007
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Violence

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