TMNT analysis: Shredder’s Revenge where we tell you what we thought of the Tribute Games and Dotemu beat’em up
Talk about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ninja Turtles for the closest turtles, it is to make it from one of the most beloved animation sagas. And it is that the legacy of these famous reptiles is vast and, without any doubt, in constant expansion. Not in vain, many of us grew up with his series of drawings during the 90s, starting, at least in the case of a server, an idyll that would also include comics, toys and, how could it be otherwise, video game. For all these reasons, when Tribute Games and Dotemu announced the arrival on Nintendo Switch TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge there were not a few of us who outlined a smile from ear scale to scale.
Well, the title has already reached the hybrid of those from Kyoto and in Nintendúo we cannot miss the opportunity to tell you what we thought. Cowabungaaaaaa and…inside analysis!
An arcade heart attack of nostalgia
Probably, Kevin Eastman y Peter Laird They did not imagine, and even less in its darkest beginnings, that their creation would reach such a degree of fame. However, the “remodeling” for all audiences and the launch of its animated series in the late 1980s served as a turning point for a saga whose popularity remains limitless today.
What is all this fuss about? Single, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge uses as canon the serie original. Something that is more than evident in its spectacular animated intro, which is still (it even has the re-recorded original melody) a tribute to the original work.
Licensed to remember
And you are going to allow me, although it is not the general tone, that it is precisely here where the game begins to crumble. Tribute Games has not limited itself, far from it, to squeezing the license without rhyme or reason. It is noted that we are facing a product by fans for fans.
If you are lovers of the seventh art, you will remember a recent premiere like Chip and Chop: The Rescue Guardians. A ribbon full of references and cameos of all kinds. Well, although in this case the references are limited to the Ninja Turtles saga, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge could be defined as its namesake within the world of video games.
As a good heir to the 80s and 90s, it is fair to say that I experienced everything related to the explosion of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the front page, albeit a small one. And we’re not just talking about the animated series. the comics, the Konami’s legendary arcade game o The titles released on the NES played a crucial role in my, at the time, beardless, playable trajectory. And it is precisely this line of argument and art that follows Shredder’s Revenge.
The cameos are not limited to the presence of characters, more or less known. Objects, settings (ranging from the sewers of New York to Channel 6 or Dimension X itself), voice lines… Everything that is presented in front of our incredulous eyes is a song to nostalgia and a tribute, of biblical proportions and humorous, to the origins of the saga. We are not going to specify, to avoid spoilers, but, to give an example, slam members of the Foot Clan against the screen Surely more than a few are familiar.
A true playable delight
Mechanically speaking, we find ourselves before an almost round game that, fortunately, strays away from some hollow products that kindly wrap themselves in a layer of caramelized nostalgia. The control system, typical of any classic beat’em up, goes one step further with a wide assortment of actions at our disposal. We can run, grab, slide, jump (double jump included), dodge, hit (air, ground and charged attack), chain devastating combos and perform three types of truly spectacular specials.
The fluidity, synchrony and precision is almost total. Achieving a balance that distances it from other more complex proposals. On the other hand, the movements differ depending on the chosen character. Ascending the character roster to 6 + 1 unlockable.
After doing the controls, something that has not taken us too long, what we are presented with is a full-fledged Turtl’em up where the rhythm is marked by the continuous waves of enemies and a state of tension and almost continuous frenzy. On the other hand, interacting with a large number of elements present in each scenario, such as barrels, cones, explosives, etc… ends up shaping a really neat section.
In relation to the specials, we have a bar that fills up to be able to carry them out. Slash which, on the other hand, resets (except in easy mode) every time we take a hit. And if that was not enough, each character feels, with its virtues and its defects, different. Something that makes each game provide a new way of seeing and understanding the game.
Special mention deserve some bosses with really well stitched patterns. We are not going to deny it, they do not pose a challenge at the height of the Dark Souls of the day. However, the confrontations are tremendously fun and satisfying.
A game with a lot of crumb
TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is not a title that stands out, as a good tribute to classic beat’em ups, because of its length or its content. However, we have several possibilities at our disposal. The Story mode places us before a kind of board in which we move between levels thanks to the mythical Turtle Van. Being able, by the way, to repeat them at any time.
In turn, along the way we meet different challenges to meet at each level with various collectibles. Although, unfortunately, it is not that it is a very interesting addition either. For his part, the arcade mode presents us with the different levels in a classic format. Skipping both the map and side quests.
The game offers us a simple progression scheme but quite effective. This system provides an RPG touch in which the accumulated points are transformed into new skills, greater power or additional portions of health for each character. Of course, we do not have a skill tree itself and these improvements arise automatically when meeting the required requirements. Also a Boss Rush or some survival type modality is missing.
The game can be completed in just over two hours y no level is going to be more than 10 minutes long. Although, if we take into account the available characters, the duration can multiply for 7 as soon as you decide to complete the different collectibles or progress with each fighter. Of course, we recommend you opt for the Hard Mode, since, at least for those most versed in the genre, the rest will not provide much more than a colorful ride.
Multiplayer Turtle Soup
Playing in company is, without any doubt, one of the great incentives from TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge. And it is that both the local and online modes allow us to play games with up to 6 simultaneous players. Being able to join or leave the game at any time. However, the difficulty does not increase, nor does it escalate, as we incorporate new players. Fortunately, the thing is moderately compensated by the chaotic nature of the proposal.
Performance during online matches has been satisfactory. Finding partners quite quickly and with a quality of connection that has surprised us for good. The tests have been carried out on an ADSL line and even so the interruptions have been practically null. As if that were not enough, the title allows us to activate the crossplay at any time to be able to share a game with players from the rest of the platforms where the game is available.
Regarding its performance, runs quite smoothly and we have not suffered any notable slowdown or crash. The optimization process is, in this aspect, remarkable.
Una Delicia Pizzalada
We reach another of the pillars of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, its artistic section. Not surprisingly, the game has a outstanding pixel art in which even the smallest detail comes to life before our incredulous eyes. And, fortunately, it is not something that is limited to the sets or the props themselves. The finish of the characters, identical to the original seriesthe animations, movements, gestures and some spectacular bosses put the icing on an almost round section in which, yes, some may miss the CRT filters.
And the thing does not stop there… sound section, by Tee Lopes (Sonic Mania) is simply spectacular. On the one hand, the original theme has been interpreted, on this occasion, by Mike Patron (Faith No More). achieving update the opening from the original series to the current times. In addition, the rest of the musical tracks are not far behind. Counting, even, with a song performed by hip-hop artists Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
To top it off, if they have rescued the dubbing actors of the 87 series, something that adds a plus to a product that exudes nostalgia and pampering on all four sides. The texts arrive in perfect Spanish. Although, yes, the translation is far from perfect. With some lines that have real crime…
The best beat’em up of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles beat ’em up to date. Thus, without half measures or palliatives. This does not mean that it is free of bugs and that, as we have seen in other proposals of the stature of Streets of Rage 4, we do not miss more content and game modes. However, its outstanding artistic section, tremendously fluid and precise gameplay, its 6-player local or online multiplayer, a simple but successful progression system or the large number of easter eggs and cameos manage to shape an almost round product.
To top it off, Tribute Games has put all the meat on the grill to go far beyond cheap sentimentality. Offering us an ode to the beat’em up classics of epic proportions and a heartfelt tribute to Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and company. Achieving, along the way, a great balance that places it as the perfect link between the most veteran players and the new additions.
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Analysis of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge for Nintendo Switch
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