Release Date: September 22, 2009
Developer: Game Arts
In this game, you can take control of any of the TMNT foursome (Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo or Raphael) or some of their allies (April or Casey Jones). In story mode, Splinter decides to have a tournament with the winner being able to pick something from his private treasure stash. As you move ahead in the tournament, however, Shredder (as usual) shows up to put a damper on things.
This game essentially ends up being a Smash Brothers knock-off. While it’s fun to play it, you begin to just start wishing you were playing Smash Brothers instead.
There isn’t a ton of variety in the move sets and when I used different characters, I didn’t really get a feel that any of them were terribly different other than aesthetics.
The cut scenes aren’t even animated, which they could have definitely done more with. It was a perfect opportunity to tie it in to the TMNT movie with the same artwork style. (I have the review for that movie here if you want to read it)
The levels don’t seem to have a lot of punch other than the interactive environments that hurt your characters, and that was a neat addition.
Overall, the game was okay but it wasn’t good enough to be better than Smash Brothers or different enough to make me want to play it instead.
JOE Rating: ★★★
Game Trailer For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Smash-Up