Introduction: Ubisoft has re-made an old SNES classic for the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA). With improved graphics, actual physics, new sound track, new sound effects, and new online capability. Ubisoft is looking to reignite that old school feeling of yesteryears with TMNT: Turtles In Time Re-Shelled.
Good: The core gameplay and experience from the original is still intact. Pizza’s and Barrels are still where they used to be, leaving you filled with joy when you remember where that fire hydrant was, even fifteen years later. Simple controls, just the use of the joystick and the ‘A‘ and ‘X‘ buttons, make it very easy for inexperienced gamers to join in on the fun and perform well right off the batt. The online multiplayer is also worked in quite well.
Bad: My biggest complaint is that the sound effects do the original no justice. It’s no longer the same theme music and the bosses no longer make the memorable ‘BONG‘ noise when hit. It’s the little things that made me fall in love with this game so long ago, and they have reworked it all over. In my opinion it hurts it the most. When playing with all four Turtles, it is very difficult to distinguish who is who. Making large parties hard to keep track of your warrior turtle in the heat of battle. This can result in some cheap deaths and unwanted ‘pot-shots‘. There is not any real re-playability either. Once you play though it the first time, nothing changes. Other then the achievements, there is no good reason to play it all again. Making it’s life on your 360 only as strong as your love for the game.
Conclusion: Ubisoft has done a great job at making an old classic SNES game for the new and modern XBLA platform. People who have fond memories of this game will for sure be tempted to pick it up again to re-experience the good old days. TMNT is exactly what you will remember it being, short, fast, beat-em-up fun, though I would recommend the purchase for hardcore fans only. There just isn’t enough here to recommend it fully. Choose wisely!
TMNT Turtles In Time: Re-Shelled gets 2.5 pizza slices out of 5.
September 3rd, 2009