Turtles Count it Off!
It's been while since I have written my last review. I haven't played many games in the RGR lately. I hadn't really found a good game to just sit down and play. Recently I had remembered a game that I remember playing and loved in my late child hood that I knew I could find in the RGR. I searched the game up, and played it all the way through. It was much more addicting than I remembered. The game was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Nintendo Gameboy Advanced. This game was released on October 21st
, 2003. This game clearly goes along the story line similar to the story line that takes place in the 2001 release of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon.
The first category that I will be talking about in this review is the graphics. The first thing that you will notice when you turn on the game is that the 2001 cartoon show intro is featured as the intro of the game. I find it impressive that they put this into the game and it's not even one of those GBA video carts. The video is not as defined as you would see on the cartoon show, but it's still a nice touch to the game's graphics as it looks pretty good for being on the GBA. Another thing to talk about is graphics during the story plot phases. The reason I call it a story plot phase is because it is not something I would consider to be a cut scene. It is essentially images of the characters with text boxes underneath them. The images don't just stay still though. They change to determine the mood of the character. For an example, there was a part in the game when Michaelangelo was cracking a joke and he had a silly face on. Just after that, something had scared him and he had a expression of fear written on his face. I found this to be a nice touch to the game. The most crucial part about the graphics on this game, well, is the game play itself. It's your typical GBA graphics but it's the little things that seem to amaze me. These things consist of the little box in the top corner with your turtle's face in it. As you get hit or gradually loose health, the face will change. For an example, if you have full health, the turtle will be smiling but as you loose health and are close to dying, it will look worried and hurt. Another little thing is pretty neat is the fact that sometimes you will come across enemies like The Purple Dragons and they will be sitting up on a wall and jump down when you get close rather than them just standing in the middle of the screen waiting for you.
Next to talk about is the sound. I found the sound in this game to be a nice touch. The music during the story plot phases remind me a lot of Mega Man because of just the style of how the music sounds. There are actually quite a few music tracks throughout this game that all differ in sound. If in a story plot phase the turtle's are trying to figure out a mystery, the music will sound dark and mysterious. Another example of the fitting music is that when you are in a level and you are fighting many enemies, they music will sound cool and very techno driven. There is also very good detail in the little things in this game as well. You can hear the enemies make grunting noises when they take hits as well as hearing your weapon hit them. It is especially satisfying when you are playing as Michaelangelo and you hit an enemy with you nun-chucks and it makes a loud clunk noise. The music and sound choice for this game was a good choice.
I found this game to be very addicting. If you enjoy beat em up games, then you will enjoy this one a lot. I found myself playing through the levels more than once for the sheer fact that it was fun to beat up gang members or other ninjas. There are also a couple vehicle stages that are very fun to play over again as they are fast pace and exciting. They are also completely different so it is always fun to play them all.
Now let's talk about the story in this game. There are four different story lines in this game, each with their own turtle. If you choose to play as Leonardo, you will find yourself fighting against many small robot things called Mousers. You must find the source of this and put a stop to the Mousers that had destroyed your old home. If you choose to play as Raphael, you will end up fighting against many members of a New York gang called "The Purple Dragons". You will eventually run into another character names Casey Jones and you'll have to fight The Purple Dragons alongside him. The third Turtle that you can choose to play as is Donatello. His story line consists of Raphael being kidnapped by the invisible foot ninjas and it is your job to save him. The last turtle that you can play as is Michaelangelo. In his story line, you find many strange monsters roaming around the sewers in which you live in so you decide to follow it to see where it came from. If you are any familiar with the 2001 cartoon series, you will realize that this is heavily oriented on the story plot of that TV show. If you have watched the TV show, there will not be any surprises in the plot.
The next thing we will talk about is the depth of this game. This is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's weak point as it does not actually have very much to offer. Each character has four levels for each of there story lines which is not very much. These levels consist of two regular stages were you must get to point A to point B with fighting many enemies as well as avoiding obstacles. Each story also has a vehicle stage which is either on the second or third level and the last level all end with some sort of boss level were you either have to fight a bunch of enemies, or just one big enemy. Like I said, this game does not have much to offer and I was able to complete all of this in about a short time of 1.5 to 2 hours.
The last thing to talk about is the difficulty. There are three difficulty setting for this game which have the titles of Easy, Normal, and Hard. On the Easy setting, I was able to complete the game with only about four deaths through out the entire game. On Normal setting, there was more deaths and of course on the Hard setting, there were even more deaths than on normal. The difficulty setting determines how aggressive and how hard the enemies are to defeat.
In conclusion, this is a great game for you to play. The controls are very easy and the music is nice. It is a quick play if you are looking for a game that does not require not much attention to beat. I you have not already at least tried to play this game, I suggest giving it a quick try in the RGR because it truly is a great game for the GBA.