The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were the latest craze around the world in the late 80's and early 90's, especially if you were a young kid like I was. Everything from movies, TV shows, Toys and Video Games featuring the turtles were popular so it was an obvious move to port the game onto Xbox Live Arcade platform.
When the TMNT arcade machine was initially released it was one of the nicest arcade co-op games around with 4 player action and the latest arcade cabinet to boot. The 1989 TMNT arcade game was based on the popular cartoon TV series, with music, character voices, and an overall style that were all sampled from the original TV show.
I most certainly remember it from my younger years when i used to hang-out at the cinema or local arcade and with xbox live's latest release it certainly has brought back some old memories..
If you love your old school games just like they were in the old day's, then im sure you would enjoy the TMNT 1989 Arcade Classic. On the other hand, If you have no love for old school releases i would only recommend this title for kids or not at all..
The gameplay is exactly like you would expect from an old arcade classic.. With only two buttons and a joystick to control your character the whole game itself is very simple.. It reminds me the most of Double Dragon as it was very simple as well. You have the choice of selecting one of four characters, and using a jump or weapon/attack button. The short length and somewhat repetitive gameplay make it extremely hard to recommend unless your looking for those old memories.
It is very difficult to work on most achievements due to the fact their is no obvious combination to easily kill the bosses on each level and its hard not to be hit. One thing I can comment on is that it is near 100% port of the original unlike the many other console which have attempted to release this title.
Although this game has been ported to home consoles before, each time it came with its own set of drawbacks. The NES versions of the game, TMNT II: The Arcade Game, had scaled down graphics and sound and im sure you all know that the NES was incapable of re-producing the original.
Overall the graphics are on par with the original arcade game. You can also expand the screensize to rid yourself of those dredded borders around your gameplay. I found the game to be very short and althought i enjoyed the original i dont find myself compelled to play it..
I was shocked to find there was not an enhanced graphics option unlike most if not all other xbox live arcade titles. It would have been quite interesting to see what they could have come up with to bring this title back into the limelight.
The sound is exactly as i remember.. The digitised voices and original music from the TMNT TV Series are still found through-out the game including some very old characters named, B-Bop and Rock Steady..
As you can imagine the sound in the early 80's and 90's was very limited but it was certainly one of the nicest put together games of that era sporting its cartoon like appearance.
I would not recommend this title to anyone who previously hasn't already played this game in the arcades.. Its very repetitive and online multiplayer is extremely laggy in most cases, but, for those of you who are just looking to relive those child-hood memories go for it.
I hope you enjoyed reading my review and that it may help you decide whether or not TMNT 1989 Arcade is for you.
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TMNT 1989 Arcade Classic Achievements (12)
There are 12 achievements with a total of 200 points available
Ninjitsu Defeat three opponents with a direct attack.
Lofty Goal Clear out April's Loft, losing 10 health or less, in a Local game.
Lickity Split Clear out the Apartment and April’s Loft in 2:00 minutes or less.
Fire Hazard Rescue Master Splinter without being burned by the flamethrower.
Evade Defeat General Traag in the Technodrome, losing 20 or less health.
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