For those of you into the whole brevity thing: if you like TMNT or old school arcade beat-em ups, just go spend the $25 and you’ll be very happy. I highly recommend this game.
Now, for a bit more detail for the rest of you folks.
Shredder’s Revenge is a spiritual sequel/reimagining of the classic TMNT Arcade. The game sticks with the same fighting style and pixelated look, but it offers so much more. You can play up to six player co-op and have all four Turtles at your disposal as well as April, Splinter, and Casey Jones.
Each level is filled with secrets and trophies which provide the player with a reason to go back and replay the levels since these types of games tend to run on the short side. I believe I’ve seen Shredder’s Revenge clocking in at about 2.5 hours to beat if you rush through it. With that being said, the game has a $25 price tag which makes the game length a bit easier to swallow and I can assure you there are reasons to go back and play which will get you even more bang for your buck.
The animations are gorgeous, and the game is totally inspired by the ’87 cartoon. While I prefer the 2012 version and/or the comic version, it’s nice to step back into the world of TMNT that first cultivated my love for the franchise, and it makes it an easier way to bring in new and old players.
The development studio were clearly fans of the original arcade game and it brings back enemies and even certain level design choices which invoke a sense of nostalgia, without being a straight up remaster. It’s just small little things you’ll notice if you fed the arcade game a lot of quarters back in the day or had it on Xbox Live in 2007. But I should also point out, the game has little homages and nods to other games in the Turtles franchise like Turtles in Time and the NES game.
The controls, hit radius, and difficulty all seem on point. The music is fantastic, and I have absolutely no complaints about this game. It’s everything I wanted in a new TMNT game and I’m thrilled like Streets of Rage 4, it’s helping to rejuvenate that beat em up genre of gaming.
If you’re a Turtles fan or a beat em up fan, you owe it to yourself to check this game out. It’s playable for all ages and is a great way to just relax and feel like you’re back at the arcade.