When it was released, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the arcade was a great experience. As a kid, TMNT was probably the fad I was into the most over Transformer and G.I. Joe. Not only was it a lot of fun, but it was so popular that it caused many fights amongst kids. I should know, I was a part of a fight but that was back when, and it's not like it was a freaking brawl. To go along with the release of the new TMNT movie, a release of the classic game was planned. When I heard that TMNT: Arcade was coming to Xbox Live Arcade with online multiplayer, I was ready to jump all over it.
If you don't know what TMNT is, go look it up because I'm not going to explain why it was so popular and what kind of drugs the creators were on when they came up with it. The TMNT Arcade game was the first four player beat 'em up released in the arcades. Players decided to play as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael, and have to save the beautiful April O' Neil as well as their master, Splinter. The only difference between the turtles is the reach of the weapons. Throughout the game the turtles will have to fight off the Foot Clan, and a whole range of villains from the cartoon series. Players get points for defeating enemies.
Gameplay is very basic which is a common with beat 'em ups. You move from left to right killing enemies using the attack button and jump button that do not need explanation on what they do. The only "special" move is when both buttons are pressed at the same time resulting in a powerful jump attack for three turtles and a rolling kick attack for Raphael(because his weapon has such a short reach). It's simplicity at its finest hence the love for the game throughout the years.
Graphically, TMNT Arcade was great looking back in 1989. Every character looked just like they did in the cartoon series so it was treat as a kid watching it. As in the case with most classic games released on Xbox Live Arcade, there's no update to the graphics aside from getting them to look proper in HD. The audio does have some improvements making it up to date because I'm sure the original audio would not work well.
So here's where we look at the updates made to the game. First off, online multiplayer has been added. Using Xbox Live matchmaking, you will find three other players ready to play. Sadly, if you're reading this now, you'll probably have a tough time getting a good four player game going. Each player will get 20 lives and play through the game. Once the lives are gone, that player is dead and it's up to you on whether you continue cheering on your teammates or take off like a baby. With voice chat, you can plan for boss fighting accordingly, but we all know that voice chat is for kids to annoy you and for guys to say how they just smoked a "bowl" and getting fucked up. Leaderboards are added to see who can manipulate the game the most to show ridiculous scores. Achievements were also added as well for those achievement whores that can't get enough of showing off their high gamer score.
For 400 points, this game is a no-brainer. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade is as classic of an arcade game as you can get. With online multiplayer, it's a great way to relive a bit of your childhood.
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