Shredder’s Revenge is a gamer’s feast

The 90s are knocking on the door in this «Turtles» game.zvg

Review

“Turtles in Time” provided an incredible amount of fun in the arcade and in front of the tube TV. After many years of delay, there is finally a direct sequel to the timeless hit game.

20.06.2022, 22:5321.06.2022, 13:54

Simon Dick

Turtles? The Turtles are four mutated battle turtles who keep law and order in New York. They saw the light of day in comics, which were quite dark for the time, before they became an important part of popular culture. They celebrated their big breakthrough with the cartoon series suitable for children, which was the starting signal for a fascination that has lasted to this day. There were action figures, movies, video games and lots of merchandise.

Even today there are still numerous good and not so good animated series about the Turtles and of course new toys for young and old. Only a really good video game just didn’t want to succeed since then – until now.

Because with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge” Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo are finally getting a sequel from the developer Tribute Games that was long overdue.

Our favorite turtles are ready for a real street fight.

Our favorite turtles are ready for a real street fight.zvg

Something to do with the Statue of Liberty

Shredder’s Revenge follows in the footsteps of Turtles in Time. Not only in terms of content is the game classic linked, but also the look and the gameplay are a direct continuation.

The eternal antagonist Shredder wants revenge and heat up the Turtles properly. To do this, he enlists the support of Krang, the pink tentacle alien who lives in the stomach of a humanoid robot, and other companions from the Turtles cosmos.

Again in this chapter, the Man in the Iron Mask has his sights set on the Statue of Liberty, which he wants to modify to use against New York and the Ninja Turtles. Why and how? You do not know exactly. Yes, it quickly becomes apparent: the story doesn’t really matter at all and fits on a beer mat.

Now with rat and reporter

While in the predecessor there were only four ninja turtles to choose from, mentor Splinter and reporter as well as best friend April can now also be sent into the street fight. The mutated rat Splinter hands out his stick, while April, who is always in yellow overalls, hands out slaps with a microphone, among other things.

As usual, you fight from left to right until a boss fight begins, clearing the way for the next level. To loosen up, there is always a section where jet skateboards are distributed above the ground.

Finally you can go into battle with reporter legend April.

Finally you can go into battle with reporter legend April.zvg

Depending on which character is selected from the six available, there are small differences that are listed in a nice overview before the start. While one might be able to move a tad faster, the other is a bit stronger when dealing out.

Basically, it doesn’t matter which character you choose. They can all attack, jump, dodge and briefly launch a special attack. But there is hardly any combo thunderstorm.

By the way: If you want to do another round after the first credits, you will get another well-known character from the Turtles universe to attend the beating party with.

Lots of affectionate references

Anyone familiar with the Turtles universe will smile shortly after the first few minutes of play. «Shredder’s Revenge» is stuffed full of loving homages and easter eggs.

The animations are adorable and funny at the same time. Above all, the famous foot clan can present itself from its best side and of course the individual members can be thrown off the screen like in the predecessor.

By the way, it’s worth destroying all sorts of objects in the levels to find pizzas for energy or collectibles. Each stage still has some secondary objectives that can be completed.

The levels are peppered with allusions and easter eggs.

The levels are peppered with allusions and easter eggs.zvg

Incidentally, levels can be played again and again in story mode. Once a level has been completed, the Turtles bus drives to the next destination on a lovingly animated New York map. There are also some side missions to discover on the map.

But if you don’t feel like all the frills, you can go straight to Arcade mode, where there is no saving and no map is waiting. Here is the pure arcade challenge.

Short but…

With its 16 levels, which all take between five and ten minutes, «Shredder’s Revenge» has become more of a short video game. But if you compare it to «Turtels in Time», the scope is a lot higher.

The short playing time is not negative at all. “Shredder’s Revenge” is the perfect little game for in between and is ideal for increasing the level of difficulty and daring to play with all the characters.

In the multiplayer mode, the fun of the game is multiplied by a lot.

In the multiplayer mode, the fun of the game is multiplied by a lot.zvg

And, of course, the fun of the game increases even further when the multiplayer mode (up to six players can play) is tackled. Then the 90s really knock on the door and don’t want to leave.

Just like back then

Conclusion: It’s really amazing how quickly the look and feel of this place catapults back in time. Shredder’s Revenge feels exactly like its predecessor and offers a more than worthy sequel to Turtles in Time.

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The 2D retro look goes straight to the heart and repeatedly presents beautiful allusions to the Turtles universe and video game culture in general. With the soundtrack, which could just as well have been the background to the predecessor, the 90s mood is pushed up again.

Even if the game is played through quickly, you will always pull it out to just have a good time or to treat yourself to a good old-school fight with friends in front of the TV and to eat a pizza or two. cowabunga!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is available for Nintendo Switch, Playstation 5, Playstation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One and PC. Suitable for ages 12.

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“Turtles in Time” provided an incredible amount of fun in the arcade and in front of the tube TV. After many years of delay, there is finally a direct sequel to the timeless hit game.

Turtles? The Turtles are four mutated battle turtles who keep law and order in New York. They saw the light of day in comics, which were quite dark for the time, before they became an important part of popular culture. They celebrated their big breakthrough with the cartoon series suitable for children, which was the starting signal for a fascination that has lasted to this day. There were action figures, movies, video games and lots of merchandise.

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