Friday, July 20, 2012

Top Three TMNT Games of All Time

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been involved with video games for over 20 years and had their share of ups and downs. Some games were clunky, but others were done right. These are their top three video games:

# 3 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade

This game was originally released in arcades back in 1989. It was so successful that they re-released on the Xbox 360 in 2007. The story begins with April O'Neil being kidnapped and the turtles have to rescue her. The graphics were top notch at the time. The fact that you could have four people playing at once was a big reason why this game was popular and so much fun to play.

The best TMNT games were based off of this game engine. Without this game the TMNT game franchise could of failed.

The only downside was spending all those quarters...

# 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist

In 1992 TMNT was in full swing. The fan base was booming and toys were flying off the shelves. Sega Genesis was able to not only get a turtle game, they were able to get an exclusive. Hyperstone Heist still had the same plot as most turtles game, but the levels were harder.

The reason why the levels were harder was because of faster movement and more aggressive enemies. Sega was advertised as the more adult system. Their mascot is a speedy hedgehog. It seems only fitting that this game would be faster than the others.

Another unique feature about Hyperstone is that it was the only game to feature Rocksteady as an enemy character without his partner Bebop.

#1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

This should be no surprise to anyone. Turtles in Time is rated the best TMNT game of all time. It was originally an arcade game, but soon found its way onto the home console. In the arcade it was with four players, but on the Super Nintendo it was with two players.

The reason why this game was so successful was because the mechanics were designed right. The graphics were sharper than before, and the ability to throw enemies at the screen was different.
In the previous Turtle games the levels you had were: sewers, cities and the technodrome. This game allowed you to travel through time. You fought in unique levels, including prehistoric times.

Aside from the main story mode, you also had two other options of gameplay. The first was the time trail. Long before trophies were around gamers had to use scores and time for bragging rights. Time trial mode offered just that.

Another option of gameplay was the battle mode. You could battle your friends with your favorite TMNT character. It was nothing great, but it was amusing for a few rounds. 

What made this game great was the fan service. They had characters from both the TV series and the movie.
In addition to the great gameplay it had good music. Music and video games go hand-in-hand. When music is written right, it can become a classic.

The developers even added humor. You could get smashed, burned, frozen , but perhaps the best was stepping on something sharp. It was rather funny to see your turtle grab their foot saying my toes. The game sells itself. It remains a timeless classic and is the best TMNT game of all time.

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