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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV Turtles In Time

A Super Nintendo Game based on the Arcade Title

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Lets take a trip back to the early 90s

  • Jul 3, 2011
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Well I just talked about one classic SNES game, heres another one.

Back when we still had those things called arcades, arcade to home transfers really didn't get any justice till the 16 bit era rolled around.  Sure there were some decent ones like Atari 5200's Pac Man and NES's Gauntlet 2 were decent, there were plenty others that left a lot to be desired.  SNES really helped get the ball rolling with they're conversions of Street Fighter 2 and Smash TV.  Ninja Turltes at the time were still flying high with popularity and while it was a little late to get they're awesome first arcade game onto the SNES, the newest game got a great hand off onto the SNES and even made it a little better.

In this game, Shredder and Krang have stolen the Statue of Liberty for........purposes of evil I suppose, it's more a ruse if anything that after a few levels of fighting and getting into the Technodrome, Shredder banishes the Turtles into a time warp where they will probably never return.  Battling through prehistoric times, into pirates, the wild west and the future before returning home to battle Shredder in the final fight.

Gameplay is like any of the other Turtle sidescroller beat em ups with some additions.  The turtles can still swing weapons, jump kick and throw the enemy foot soldiers around, but new attacks include the whiplash where you swing another foe around to hit the others, throwing your enemies right at the screen for more or less comedic effect and a charge attack where you build up some speed and sholder tackle the enemy.  The special attack is now different for the turtles instead of a "jump and swing" the turtle will either do a spin attack in place or a lunging attack.  Leo and Raph spin, Mike and Don lunge and doing the moves will take some health now so use it mainly if your cramped up. 

The turtles do have some pros and cons to them.  Leo is mainly average wsith no real faults, but his combo attack has a serious lag to it at the end, Mike swings his first combo attack slower but his attacks hit harder then the others, Don has great range to his attack but his special hurts less then the others and Raph takes more damage, but his tackle and spin attack are the most damaging.

Graphics and sounds are pretty spot on compared to the arcade.  The voices are little garbled but they are not bad and some voices are gone altogether but the music is great.  Graphics, are damn near perfect but cause of limitations you may only get about 4 foot soldiers a screen  and maybe a few smaller enemies unlike the army that can come after you in the arcade, especially if you have all 4 turtles going, which sadly you can't here, you can only have 2.  Controls are as decent as they were before but it DOES play better in the arcade with smoother attacks for the characters.

The SNES version does improve the game over the arcade in many places.  The arcade version at the end of the sewer level had Shredder appear out of nowhere and trap the turtles........how?  The SNES one has the added Technodrome level added and there you can at least see Shredder using the Dimensional Portal to do this.  The sewer and future city levels in the SNES ones are largly turned into bonus stages to break up the fighting.  The one shot cement man monster in the TV series is a boss of the prehistoric level whereas the SNES one smartened up and put Slash as the boss, and one of the toughest in he game.  Tokka and Rahzer get moved to the new Technodrome level and off the later pirate ship stage and replaced with Captain Rocksteady and First Mate BeBop, making one of the only times these two aren't stuck in a first/second level boss fight.

So it's not a picture perfect transition but it does improve a lot with the bonus stages, extra level, boss selections and more logical use of Shredders time travel.  Considered the best of classic Turtles games and I won't  argue with that much.  A great piece of nostaliga, a great game from an awesome time.

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August 28, 2011
Well done !
July 08, 2011
Your review takes me back...
July 08, 2011
back to the 90's. I can hear Whoomp There it Is on the radio and see Family Matters on TV now.
July 08, 2011
I used to love this game!!
July 08, 2011
I still do. PS3 and XBox have remastered versions of the game.
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Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
I loved this game! It was a little bit too easy, even on the hardest setting and with the lives code. I can't think of any other game or anything for that matter that made such clever and witty use of the word "shell". ie. Shell-shocked, let's kick shell, bury my shell at wounded knee.
Quick Tip by . October 08, 2010
Great adaption of the arcade game on the home SNES.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, released as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Turtles in Time in Europe, is an arcade video game produced by Konami. A sequel to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) arcade game, it is a scrolling beat 'em up based mainly on the 1987 TMNT animated series. Originally an arcade game, Turtles in Time was ported to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. That same year, a game that borrowed many elements, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist was released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.
Years later, the arcade version of Turtles in Time was revisited on newer consoles. A slightly altered version of the arcade game was included as an unlockable bonus in the 2005 game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare.[3] In August 2009, Ubisoft released a 3D remake of the game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, for Xbox Live Arcade.[1] The remake was released onto PlayStation Network on September 10, 2009.[2]
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