Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Xbox

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Xbox)
Also for: PC, PS2, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Beat 'Em Up
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Konami Soft. Co.: Konami
Publishers: Konami (US/GB)
Released: 2003 (US)
16 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 16+
Accessories: Xbox Memory Unit


It's true to say that even in the 21st century, comic book characters have an awful lot going for them. Marvel characters in particular, including the X-Men and Spider-Man, have been extremely successful in their transition to modern media. Then there's the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - a group of super... turtles, armed with a multitude of weapons and the abilities of a Ninja. It's unarguably one of the most original comic book concepts to emerge from the 1980's. The Turtles were so popular they had their own cartoon series, video games, films, lunchboxes - the lot. Making a return to the virtual world in 2004, the Turtles have come to Xbox for the first time in a brand new 3D adventure.

Firstly, and staying faithful to the Turtles franchise, this latest offering from Konami sees the entire gang returning to put an end to the evil doings of arch-enemy Shredder and his Foot Clan. Guided by uber-wise ninja rat Splinter, and with the aid of April O'Neil, players assume control of Leonardo, Donatella, Michealangelo or Raphael in a combat-based adventure with a visual style not dissimilar to Capcom's Viewtiful Joe. The beat-em-up adventure's backdrops and characters are distinctly cartoon-like and cel-shaded, and combat-based gameplay even comes with the obligatory 'Bash, Thwack and Kapow' pop-ups to signify successful hits.

Story Mode is where most of the action is, and interestingly accommodates up to two players in a co-operative adventure. There are some 35 levels in all, dispersed across six massive gaming locales, in which players will have to defeat a barrage of enemies. It's hard work and a good test of reflexes, and disposing of your foes will not only grant you access to the game's later stages, it'll help you learn a few much-needed special abilities as well.

Additionally, there's a versus mode of sorts that let's players engage with other AI-controlled characters as well as friends. This latest offering of the comic book foursome is a great deal of fun. As kids, we loved the Turtles - you should too.