TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled – The PS3 Attitude Review
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time is hailed as one of the best arcade of all time. Naturally, it would only be a matter of time before it was ported to the PS3 and Xbox 360 as a downloadable title, complete with a graphics update and leaderboards.
So is Turtles in Time a proper remake of a classic or did the arcade game reach its pinnacle back in 1992 with the SNES edition?
Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is a direct port of the original arcade version of the game and not the SNES. This means that there is no extra Technodrome stage and that bosses such as Slash, the Rat King, and Bebop and Rocksteady are absent. While disappointing, it’s not the end of the world.
Players take control of Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, or Raphael. Each has their own stats and different special moves tied specifically to that character. Movement is controlled with either the D-pad or left analog stick. Pressing one of three buttons allows the player to jump or perform a regular or special attack. It’s a simple game with simple controls. Button mashers will have no problem with the game, and so will those who want to learn the proper way.
Graphically speaking, Re-Shelled looks good as any other downloadable title. Turtles can now attack in eight directions instead of the original four and the intro and ending animations have been completely redone in the classic 2D style. From the Batman-esque wams and thuds when you defeat an enemy to when to toss a Foot Soldier into the screen, the game runs beautifully.
There are a total of nine levels in Turtles in Time, two of which are auto-scrolling skateboard type levels. This being an exact port means that the entire game can be completed within a single hour. In addition, there is Survival Mode which has you attempt to finish it without dying. For its $10 price tag, the replay value is awfully low. You can also select any level you want to play in Quickplay Mode but, being the same as all the others, once you finish the game a few times, there’s no incentive to go back.
A key aspect of Turtles in Time is the co-op. Up to four players can simultaneously play on one game, either locally or online. The number of enemies is tweaked to account for the additions. Things can become somewhat chaotic on screen when you have all four Ninja Turtles playing but it still beats playing it alone.
One gripe with the online story mode is that should all your partners die and leave the game, it will force you to quit because there aren’t enough players. Why it won’t let you continue on solo is beyond this writer.
TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is a fun pick-up-and-play game. If you find yourself with an hour to waste, jumping online for a few levels with some buds is not a bad idea. Perhaps it’s because we have such fond memories of the classic SNES or arcade version that Re-Shelled simply can’t live up to our expectations. While it’s a good attempt, we’ve come to expect more than just a simple port with updated graphics.