Shredder’s Revenge Review – Capsule Computers

Developer: Tribute Games
Editor: Dotemu, Gamera Games
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC (Reviewed)
Release date: June 16, 2022
Price: $24.99 – Available here

Insight

Aaaah, kids these days don’t know how much they have it. In my day, you had to play video games at the arcade and every run was a microtransaction. Piece after piece. A few lives, a chance, and if you were wrong, that nickel was gone for good. But those days had their charm. street fighter, mortal combat, Contra, Trap, etc. So why do I reminisce about those old times? It’s simple – right now I have a game in front of me that perfectly carries a charm of such an era, with this difficulty, this art style and a signature “just one more move and I’m done”.

Story

The entire campaign in the history of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a simple nostalgic flashback. For such a moderately long game, they manage to cram nearly every character in the TMNT cartoons. The story is quite simple and begins with Rocksteady and Bebop attacking the Channel 6 news station and trying to put Krang’s android body back together part by part. Pursuing this duo and taking on Krang & Shredder will take you from the streets of Manhattan, to the rooftops and city sewers, all the way to the X dimension.

Gameplay

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge managed to impress me several times during my playthrough and one of the first was on the character select screen. Besides the obvious selection of all turtles, the game also gives you the choice to play as Splinter and April O’Neil – including a secret unlockable character with a hockey mask (TMNT fans will no doubt know from who I’m talking about). The other thing that surprised me is how smooth the gameplay is, the game doesn’t have those usual flaws of arcade beat ’em ups where enemies can easily corner your character(s) or gang up on you . Each of the playable characters will have different stats in terms of weapon range, speed, and power, although once you’ve mastered a character these stats will be far from game-changing.

What else, um? Ah yes, skills and levels. As you progress through the game, you’ll level up by defeating enemies, completing levels, and completing side quests. This way you will unlock the HP increase, the special meter increase and the variations of your special attack. Levels are replayable if you feel the need to complete challenges, complete level-specific achievements, or complete side quests. Speaking of which, they usually boil down to finding a specific set of collectibles for a certain cameo character. You have to find these characters hidden somewhere in the levels and only then you can find them on the world map so they can give you a quest. Sound too complicated? Not really if you follow my super special feat. And it is…….wait for it…..destroy everything! Almost every breakable item in the level will either have a pizza to boost your health, a collectable cameo character, or a special attack bonus. In any case, if it looks like part of the level’s scenery could be destroyed, it’s better not to think too much. Do it just to be sure.

Visuals

There just aren’t enough words to describe what it’s like to play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. That’s all. Wonderful. Fluid. Colored. Detailed. Chaotic. Fun. Engaging. Pretty much any other positive adjectives you can think of. And a lot of that is down to the specific arcade retro visuals that are more finely tuned than you might expect. Retro but not “I guess it looks like something” retro. Colored but not “my eyes are bleeding” colored. A pleasure to watch and play.

audio

The game’s soundtrack lives up to the quality of gameplay and visuals, although this segment of the game has a few tricks up its sleeve. Like two members of the Wu-Tang Clan contributing to the soundtrack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and even Tee Lopes leaving his mark here. Either way, one thing that won’t leave you indifferent is hearing that TMNT theme and opening intro every time you start the game.

Globally

The hardest thing about writing this review for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge try to find something bad about it. A flaw or a flaw, anything. I’m of the opinion that no game is perfect and perfection is something that is rarely achieved in art – and yes, that includes video games. But damn it if this game doesn’t come close to perfection. While I’d like to single out the average length of it, it’s still debatable because the replay value is huge considering all the challenges, achievements, and characters the game throws at you. Even if arcade beat ’em ups aren’t your usual cup of tea, I’d still say give it a try because the amount of love and detail that has gone into this game is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

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