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'Ubisoft reshells the Turtles

Aug 14, 2009

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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TMNTPowell’s useless comic book fact #1565: Without ‘Daredevil‘, there wouldn’t be any ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘.

That’s right, folks. In deciding to parody the Marvel comic book character ‘Daredevil’, which had grown in popularity during the eighties due to Frank Miller‘s run on the series, Comic book artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird came up with the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’.

Since their first appearance in comic book form in 1984, Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Donatello have become pop culture mainstays leaping off the black and white pages into television shows, movies and video games. Although their popularity has fluctuated over the years, like ’Transformers’ and ’G.I. Joe’, the crime-fighting are seemingly here to stay, in one form or another. The latest incarnation is ‘Turtles in Time Re-Shelled’, the Xbox Live Arcade revamp of the 1987 classic arcade game: ‘Turtles in Time’. It is available for download for $10 bucks (800 Microsoft Points).

TMNTWith the rights to the TMNT games, Canada’s Ubisoft has taken the side-scrolling beat ‘em up, enhanced the graphics by making it 3-D and generally given the game a fresh coat of paint making the animations, the characters and the settings more appealing and energetic. The game looks wonderful. What hasn’t been updated though is the gameplay. Just like the original, hordes of Foot soldiers, robots, aliens monstrosities, thugs and other nasties will spawn on the left and right side of the screen and your job is to karate the crap out of them with your VERY limited amount of moves. At the end of every level there is the obligatory boss battle before you are whisked off further in the future all thanks to that troublemaker: Shredder.

There are a couple of hoverboard levels, one in a sewer system and the other on a futuristic highway. Feel free to shout ‘Kowabunga!’ at the top of your lungs as you deke around obstacles as you play bumper cars with the bad guys. You can also simulate the game’s original arcade gameplay by using the multiplayer mode (up to four player co-op play) either on Xbox Live or locally.

TMNTMade purely for TMNT fans and nostalgic gamers, ‘Turtles in Time’ takes only about an hour or so to zip through despite some daunting boss battles. Besides inviting some friends to kick some shell along with you in multiplayer mode, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of replay value either. It is rather surprising and disappointing to learn that there are no new bosses and no new levels in ‘Reshelled’. There are two modes though ‘Quickplay‘, which allows you to pick any level and ‘Survival‘, you only have one life. Still, for a measly $10 bucks you can only expect so much and like some of those other Xbox Live titles you’ve purchased and have sitting on your hard drive, ‘Reshelled’ might be fun to launch every once in a while when you want some mindless, simple and uncomplicated fun.

TMNTTurtles in Time Re-Shelled
Format: Xbox 360
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Singapore
ESRB Rating: Teen
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Rating: 6 / 10

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