Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (Ultra Games) Review | Computer & Video Games - Everygamegoing


Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
By Ultra Games
Nintendo (US Version)

Published in Computer & Video Games #104

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles

Shock! Horror! Ace reporter April O'Neill has been kidnapped by the dreaded Foot Clan in an attempt to lure the Turtles out of their sewer hideaway and deal death and destruction to the "heroes in a half-shell". Under the guidance of their master, Splinter, the four amphibian pals - Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo, take up the challenge, desperate to retrieve their friend and link to the outside world from the clutches of the evil Shredder and his mutant cronies.

The turtles must battle their way through the city, both above ground and through the sewer system, one at a time - pressing the select button allows the player to select a new turtle to control. While the city streets are shown from above, going into the sewers or a building changes the view to a horizontally scrolling one. Scattered throughout these sections, as well as Shredder's hordes, are extra weaponry and, of course, pizza slices to keep the turtles' energy bars topped up. If a turtle's energy is completely depleted, he is captured and it's up to the remaining heroes to carry on the fight.


The Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles have certainly cowabunga'd their way into this issue with a vengeance, what with the computer game and the Nintendo cart.

Although the two are essentially the same, the console version works much better than the others, simply due to the fact that it was designed as a console game. The graphics are great, a bit on the blocky side at times but with lots of colour and some nice additions such as the opening title sequence which shows the turtles being transformed into their mutant alter-egos.

The game itself is very, very tough - we've been playing for quite a while now and still haven't scratched the surface. However, this high level of difficulty isn't at all frustrating, in fact it only adds to the overall brilliance of the product.

Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles really is a super cartridge and, what's more, it's now being given away free with the console itself!

Extremely good value, both for those who buy it and those who get it for nowt!

Paul Rand