|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II Review by: Itachi9695
Heroes in a Half Shell
Welcome to TMNT Month 2! Yes, I know that's it's only been a few months since the first one, but I didn't quite get all the Turtles games that I wanted to review in there. This includes the home console ports of the arcade games I reviewed. We're starting with this because it's the port of the first arcade game. (hence the name) So without any more delay, let's review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game. (I'm calling it TMNT 2 from this point forward.)
To be honest, I was somewhat disappointed with this game's graphics. The sprites are smaller and no where near as detailed as the arcade game. Now, I guess I should cut it some slack because I'm pretty sure the NES might not be able to handle that game's graphics. The animations, while good are not as fluid as the arcade, are still pretty good. However, if there's one neat feature about this game, it's that when you pause in the first level, the fire continues its animation. I don't know why I find that interesting, I guess it's just uncommon. One enemy that I feel got harder because of the smaller sprite size are those robot things that shoot lasers at you and try to electrocute you. Their hit boxes have become smaller, so they are harder to hit. I won't say the graphics are bad, just definitely not the best thing ever.
The soundtrack of this game is pretty good, but to me it's not really the best soundtrack on the NES (I'll save that for another series that I plan on reviewing soon) The first song you hear is an 8-bit version of the 80's show's theme song, which was already pretty darn catchy. I don't really have that much to say about this soundtrack, I suggest listening to it yourself just so you can form your own opinion on it.
To be honest, I hardly ever go back to this particular version of the game, it's got to be the original arcade release that I go back to more often. However, if you feel like having a bit more of a challenge, then this version is definitely for you. There are one or two more levels in this version than the arcade version, but it doesn't give me much reason to go back to this version when the arcade version is superior in every other way. You may come back to this version, but with the arcade version available on Vizzed for everyone to play, I'd suggest doing that instead.
The story is explained throughout the game, but to try and sum it up, April gets kidnapped so you have to go rescue her. You then learn that Shredder is plotting something evil again and you have to stop him. It's like the Sonic series, it gives you just enough to give you some motivation to continue playing the game. It's not much, but at least it's something.
The only depth difference between this and the arcade version is that there's a couple more levels in this version than the arcade. Other than that, it's a pretty short game, not too strong, but no where near being long. The levels are laid out pretty much the same way, so it's honestly not too drastically different. I'm sure that if you're good enough, you can beat it in about 2 hours, maybe less. If you're new to the game, maybe 4-5 hours depending on how quickly you're able to learn the controls.
I've decided that unless the difficulty played a large role in the game's score or overall enjoyment, I'll just cut to this section to save you some time. The controls are simple, use the d-pad to move, the A button to jump and the B-button to attack. You can also attack from the air, which can be really helpful in taking out certain enemies. The only problem I have is how heavy the Turtles all seem to be (or at least Leo, but I'm sure this applies for the others as well). I find that I fall to the ground a bit faster in this Turtles game than any other Turtles game, including that awful one, also available on this console. Also the reduced sprite size has made certain enemies harder to hit.
Overall, while I think this game is fun, especially considering it was probably the first good home console TMNT game. But at the same time, I don't think it's aged particularly well. It's somewhat like the original Zelda game. Yeah, it was great back when it was first released, but over time, it's become a bit of a chore to play, but it's still somewhat fun from time to time. With decent graphics, a pretty good soundtrack, and decent gameplay, I give this game an 8 out of 10. Join me next time for TMNT IV: Turtles in Time for the SNES.
Graphics 8 Sound 8 Addictive 7 Depth 7 Story 7 Difficulty 8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II Description: Yo! After being treated like garbage by the Ninja Turtles, Shredder has trained a new, more merciless breed of Foot Soldiers to inflict his revenge: A clan of over 700 Taekwondo turtle terminators who have once again captured April O\'Neil to use as turtle bait. Fortunately you don\'t have to face these freaks of torture alone. For the first time ever, two dudes or dudettes can join forces and double-team Shredder, kicking shell while covering each others tails. But to survive you\'ve gotta fight through 8 action-packed arcade levels, including Vinnie\'s Valet \"Stalking\" Lot and the Soho Sewer System, plus two new never-before-seen shell-squashing stages! Each of these deathtraps is reinforced by lethal electro zappers, laser beams, freezer burners or enemies such as Scorpion Robots, Stone Warriors and Baxter Stockman. Shredder has also hired the all-powerful Tora and Shogun, two alien bounty hunters who have never known defeat. Even though Master Splinter has prepared the turtles well for battle, teaching them radical new attack moves, it doesn\'t mean this war to save April and turtlekind will be a piece of cake or even a slice of pizza. Because with the forces of revenge on his side and the bounty boys in town, it\'s payback time for Shredder!
Loose Value: (beta)
Complete Value: (beta)
New Value: (beta)