COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3DS' Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:40 AM
Created: 08/13/2014 8:54 AM
By: Aaron Chalich

When I was growing up, one of my favorite shows was the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” I had all of the toys, ate the cereal and would never miss watching an episode. I also had all of the video games which I played over and over again.

This past week I received a review copy of Activision’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT)” game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is based on the new film that was just released and the game is extremely fun to play.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” takes place in New York City which is the home of the four turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. 

The diabolical scientist Baxter Stockman has joined forces with the evil Foot Clan and is creating robots and mutants that he can control to take over the city.

Baxter is also trying to figure out a way to get Shredder, who is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles greatest enemy out of jail.

Now the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles must try and stop Baxter with the help of their friend April O’ Neal and Master Splinter.

I really liked the story a lot. It was full of action and it was also very interesting. As a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I thought the story was very exciting. I also enjoyed seeing all of the classic characters as well as a bunch of new ones.

The graphics are awesome and the 3D looks amazing. I played “TMNT” mostly in 3D and I would highly recommend that you play it in 3D as well. 

The characters look awesome and so do all of the enemies and bosses. Shredder looks phenomenal and I really liked the fact that each of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles looked different. For example, Raphael had a much stockier build than the other turtles and I thought that was cool. In the past “TMNT” games each turtle looked the same except they had a different color bandana and weapon.

The controls are extremely easy to learn and anybody who plays “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be able to pick up the game and play it.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is a third person action packed game with some RPG elements mixed in.  You can control each of the four turtles at any time and you can switch between each one by pushing the directional pad or by selecting them with the stylus on the bottom touch screen.

You can do a normal attack by pushing the “Y” button and you will need to push this to open chests that are scattered throughout the levels. They may contain stronger weapons or pizza that can be used to refill your health. 

The turtles each have their own unique weapon and strengths. You will have to experiment with each turtle to see which one is more effective in certain situations.

As you defeat enemies you will gain experience and start gaining levels. Once you reach a certain level you will learn how to do special attacks and each turtle has their own special attacks.

Some of the levels have hidden paths that can be opened with each turtle’s special abilities. 

Each turtle has a life bar and it can be refilled by eating pizza. If one turtle is getting low on health, you can switch to another turtle that has more health. When one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles loses all of their health, the game is over.

In each level there are several save points and you can restart the level from the last place you saved the game.

On the bottom touch screen there is a map of the level displayed and you can see where your current location is on the map. Whenever there are enemies near you, little red dots will appear. One thing that is very helpful is that an arrow will appear to show you where you need to go next in the level.

When you finish a level, you will go to the “Turtle’s Lair.” This is where can replay missions, play side quests, and spend money that you collected during the levels to buy pizza and power ups. You can also equip and create new weapons from materials that you find in the levels.

Another cool feature in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is the challenges mode. There are many different challenges that you can try and complete. For example there’s one called “Foot Clan Nemesis,” where you must defeat 100 foot clan soldiers. If you complete the challenge you will get money to spend on items and other rewards. I really liked the challenges and thought they were a great idea, because it really made me want to go back and replay levels to try and accomplish different things.

Overall, I really enjoyed Activision’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” a lot for the Nintendo 3DS. The graphics and story were great. The controls were extremely easy to learn and I really liked the hack and slash style of game play. Plus I also really liked how each of the turtles had their own unique look, weapons, and special abilities. I think that really made playing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” fun and exciting.

If you are a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, then I would highly recommend that you check this game out. I had a blast playing it and it brought back a lot of great memories.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” is rated “E” for fantasy violence

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist for

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