To say that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is no stranger to the video game medium would be an understatement. Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo were staples at the arcade and home consoles throughout the 90s, thanks to classic TMNT games such as Turtles in Time and The Manhattan Project. Many fans still consider both titles as some of the era’s best brawlers.
Developed by Tribute Games, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a delightful return to the days of Turtles in Time that wouldn’t feel out of place in an arcade cabinet in 1992 or on modern consoles. By taking the best parts of old-school TMNT games and making some quality of life improvements, Shredder’s Revenge stands as one of the best TMNT games in a long time and is a great brawler in its own right.
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The game opens like any TMNT game should, with the Turtles feasting on pizza while crowding around a blocky television set as Vernon reports that Krang and Shredder are up to no good once again. The villainous duo has stolen the Statue of Liberty in another grand attempt to bring New York City to its knees in classic Saturday morning cartoon fashion. In no time, the Turtles are springing into action, kicking and slashing into a story mode presented episodically throughout a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles season. Each episode takes the Turtles through NYC locations that…