Review by ninjacow22

"The best of the recent turtle games but still isn't perfect."

Remember when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared long ago? It spawned movies, toys, CDs, and even the video games. The games were actually pretty good too. Fast forward to the present, a new turtles series has come out. Of course there are toys, games, and a movie that is coming soon. The games are, well, just plain bad! The first one was simple fun for awhile but the second one sucked and was flat out boring. Now the third has come out and it is the only one that is actually fun.

Graphics: 5
The graphics are okay. They are like the second game's graphics which is not a bad thing but not that great either. All the characters are cell shaded nicely, but the environments are a bit bland and boring. Sometimes the graphics can have a dated feel to them but the characters are great looking and SOME of the environments are good to look at.

Audio: 8
The sound effects are good and sound how they're supposed to be. The music, while good and catchy for a little bit, gets really repetitive. Also unlike the first TMNT game, the turtles don't yell "TURTLE TORNADO!" every time you attack. So that means you won't have to turn down the television when you play. (Unless of coarse you don't like the sound at all.)

Story: 4
There are 4 chapters in all that have a totally different story in each stage. Each stage follows a different episode's story. Though it is presented with neat scenes from different episodes, you won't really understand them unless you pay close attention.

Control: 9
The buttons are easy to figure out and the combos are easy to pull off but the characters are a bit stiff. Luckily the controls are responsive so there aren't too many problems with the controls.

Game play: 7
If you've played the other 2 TMNT games you'll have a pretty good idea what this is like. With a few exceptions. The combat is no longer repetitive! You can buy more attacks and skills. Also if you find scrolls you can advance your attacks, strength, and upgrade your stamina and health. They are overall pretty easy to find so you'll be hacking away in no time!

Also you can find DVDs which you can watch in the movie gallery. They are kind of fun to watch. Also if you beat the first stage, you can unlock Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time! It is a neat extra and is quite fun. But it is a bit sluggish and hit detection just flat out sucks. But it is a nice addition.

The enemies are very repetitive. They all look the same except for a couple of extra baddies. This adds to the repetition and hitting the same enemies gets boring after awhile. Also, many of the missions are reused throughout the game and makes the game get tedious later on.

Finally there are bonus driving and shooting levels. In the driving levels you take out baddies on a Hover board, gliders, motorcycles, and much more. They are basic but fun. In the shooting levels you stay in one spot while shooting waves of bad guys. Like the driving levels basic, but fun. These levels are controlled badly though and makes them less fun than they could have been.

Replay: 8
Scrolls, DVDs, and upgrades, which aren't much, but you can unlock Turtles in Time!

Buy or rent? Rent
It is pretty cheap and can be fun but many people won't like it so rent it to be on the safe side.

Overall score: 6.8/10 (Rounded to 7/10)

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 07/05/06, Updated 07/09/08

Game Release: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (US, 11/01/05)

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