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TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is the ideal Beat'em Up and full of nostalgia

If we talk about the most famous animation characters of the 80s, the first thing that could come to mind for many of Generation X and Millennials would undoubtedly be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Since its first appearance in the comic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles # 1" in 1984, the turtle franchise has reached beyond Comics, through television, movies and even reaching video games.

Thanks to Dotemu and Tribute Games, since June 15, 2022; Both old-timers and new-generation fans of the franchise bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to life in a new Beat'em Up with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge.

The spiritual successor of the Arcade Beat'em Up

Much is said about bringing the games of yesteryear back to life, but little is known about the "correct" formula for doing it properly. In the case of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, Tribute Games and Dotemu managed to create an adaptation according to current standards without losing the Arcade essence from which the genre was born.

The game features an extremely fast-paced, fun and action-packed side-scrolling adventure with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with the same attributes as the first game in the franchise released in 1989.

However, it adds current features, such as offering a multiplayer experience for up to 6 players between Online & Local with different difficulty modes and up to 7 characters each with different statistics to use depending on the needs of the player.

Classic game mode and story with renewed gameplay

Hopefully a Side Scrolling Beat'em Up will include "Arcade Mode". This mode features a classic game style, allowing players to choose between 3 difficulties (Easy, Normal and Hard) to go through the 16 stages of the game and thus complete it with the best possible result such as available time, lives and credits.

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With the intention of renewing the classic mechanics already known, the «Story Mode» allows players to know the background of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, where The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter, April O'Neil & Casey Jones will face Shredder and the Foot Clan to prevent New York from sinking into chaos created by Krang and Dimension X.

In this mode, players will have to travel from Manhattan and Coney Island, to the rooftops and sewers of the city, in addition to visiting Dimension X throughout 16 available scenarios. Allied characters that have appeared throughout the series and will offer collectible collecting side quests rewarding players with experience points for their character.

These experience points will be used to level up each character and unlock new moves, more life points and more charges for the super ability.

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Another peculiarity of "Story Mode" is that each playable character has preset statistics such as strength, speed and range; thus differentiating the way in which they are played and reflecting the personality of each one.

If we compare the characters, Leonardo would be the most balanced character, Donatello (the best of all, in our opinion) the one with the greatest range, and Michelangelo and Splinter are a little slower, but their strength is incomparable.

Nostalgic pixel art quality graphics and animations

Like its predecessors, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge features a 2D Pixel Art aesthetic, but this installment offers much more detail and full color, with fluid animations and visual effects, offering visual delight that remains present from the beginning. start of the game, menus, animations, scenarios and video sequences.

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Attention to detail abounds and is easy to spot as the player navigates through the different scenarios.

The art direction demonstrates the knowledge of the saga by its developers. They managed to faithfully represent each of the playable characters in their animations as well as the enemies and final bosses of each stage.

Smooth, fast and fun gameplay

Who doesn't have fun playing with their friends? The multiplayer proposal that Dotemu and Tribute Games offer in this installment is fascinating.

As mentioned above, up to 6 players both local and online can choose from one of 7 total characters (Casey Jones must be unlocked by completing the story mode); and fortunately this increases the level of fun thanks to the mechanics that differentiate each of the characters.

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Knowing how to play is simple, even before starting the game, an instruction manual is presented with the sequence of buttons to achieve the combos; however, despite being the same buttons, each character has characteristics that make the difference between one combo or another.

Replayability is one of the core strengths of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. In addition to the "Arcade Mode" that challenges players to improve their results with a world ranking.

It also has a total of 30 achievements to unlock (at least on Steam), of which 26 can be unlocked Offline, 4 exclusively Online; 2 of them are hidden and you will have to find out how to unlock them.

A soundtrack full of nostalgia that smells like Pizza and whispers Cowabunga!

There is no simple and concise answer to define how great the Shredder's Revenge Soundtrack is because no positive adjective would be enough for the work done by Tee Lopes, Mike Patton, Mega Rain and Raekwon & Ghostface Killah of the famous Wu-Tang Clan.

Each track will accompany the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles through each of the stages and each song on the Soundtrack faithfully represents the stage where it belongs.

Personally, our favorite Track was "We Ain't Came To Lose" by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

This Nostalgia Stuffed Rim Turtle Pizza could still improve its recipe.

It is common that in the first weeks of the launch of a new game certain negative aspects appear in them, and although Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is not inundated with them, it does not mean that it is exempt.

The negatives that we saw of this title are not something irreparable; however, dealing with it at the right time will determine the longevity of the success of this installment and the permanence of the players in it.

One of the biggest issues we encountered was high latency in multiplayer during the first week of release. In most of the cooperative encounters they had high levels of latency that caused the typical problems of lag and at certain moments it did not allow us to move from one scenario to another.

High levels of latency from 350ms up to 2000ms were frequently crashing the game.

On the other hand, the difficulty is not something very present in the two available modes. With little time to practice and adapt to the controls, both solo and cooperatively, it was easy to finish our adventure with the turtles and they did not present a tangible challenge, giving it a much more casual essence.

Finally, it is recognized that this new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game offers an almost unlimited replayability experience, but… To what extent? Only two modes have a presence in the title and finishing 100% all the scenarios in Arcade mode takes at most 2 and a half hours, and in story mode it could take 3 hours to complete all the scenarios and side missions without completing the challenges without starting to feel that it becomes repetitive.

How could Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge improve to be the perfect Beat'em Up?

The best strategy we envisioned for improvement was for the developers to add new game modes (a mode with huge hordes of enemies would be cool); improve the difficulty curve in the scenarios (or add a fourth difficulty); adding a customization system (free skins based on clothing already seen in the series and comics) and finally, in an upcoming DLC, expanding the Story Mode.


This review was made in the PC version and the code was provided thanks to Masamune Agency.

SUMMARY

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is a leap into the past that from now on will govern the minimum quality standard for the future of Brawlers and Beat'em Up. A game with a soundtrack full of nostalgia, a very fun multiplayer with different characters to suit player preference and nearly unlimited replayability, it's the perfect offering for anyone who loves the genre.

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TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is the ideal Beat'em Up and full of nostalgiaTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is a leap into the past that from now on will govern the minimum quality standard for the future of Brawlers and Beat'em Up. A game with a soundtrack full of nostalgia, a very fun multiplayer with different characters to suit player preference and nearly unlimited replayability, it's the perfect offering for anyone who loves the genre.