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  • Summary: Be your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and master your ninja skills in their action-packed world. Roam NYC streets, scour underground sewers and fight your way across rooftops on a collision course with The Shredder and his vile pack of foot ninjas. Find scrolls to unlock special attack moves and effects. Interact with characters from the animated television series, such as Splinter and Casey Jones. Don't hide in your shell--be a hero. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Each turtle has his own attacks and skills, plus his own unique set of stages, and it's all tied together with great looks and sounds that make TMNT feel like a really polished SNES game - not a bad thing at all from where I sit. [Nov 2003, p.100]
  2. 80
    Though the Turtles may have aged almost 20 years, their look is as sharp and clean as when they first jumped out of the sewers. From the crazy animated ninjitsu moves to the colorful levels, the Turtles never looked so good on a small screen.
  3. The boss battles and platforming challenges vary just enough, and the minigames (such as the side-scrolling shooter level and the "Excitebike"-inspired motorcycle race) are great. [Dec 2003, p.104]
  4. If there is one major complaint it's that the game is too short. It can be completed in an afternoon and there's virtually no replay value at all.
  5. The graphics are surprisingly good and showcase exactly what the Gameboy Advance is capable of.
  6. 60
    The gameplay is quite good, with each turtle possessing his own style of gameplay, but the overall redundancy and ease that the game offers up is simply inexcusable.
  7. But with all the complaints, the game is a hoot while it lasts, though it’s over before you really have a chance to get into it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. BradM.
    Sep 16, 2003
    10
    It was amazing and i've always liked the turtles.
  2. May 3, 2013
    10
    Greatest game of TMNT Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo Donatelo they are all there with special attacks and different attacks for each character this game is maybe in top 5 greatest platformers of the GBA Expand
  3. NinjaCop
    Nov 6, 2003
    10
    Except for the meaninglessly excessive dialogue, this is one hell of an action game. Konami made all the old turtles games for NES, SNES, Gameboy, and Genesis (and i've played every one of them) and they score another hit here. The great thing about the GBA is that classic gaming genres are reinvented with 1993 quality graphics and 2003 quality gameplay. The mini-games are great, and after you beat it you can play them any time. The game is a little short, but you'll play through it on every difficulty level and revisit your favorite levels enough for it to have replay value. The GBA has incredible action games like Spiderman: Mysterio's Menace, Ninja 5-0, X2: Wolverine's revenge(much better than it's console counterparts), all of the Castlevania games, Metroid Fusion, Iron Man, Bruce Lee, and now this. These games take classic gaming to a whole new level, adding elements of stealth, character development, and often numerous moves and/or weapons. To me, these games are definately the bread and butter of the GBA. So get Turtles, and try to play the rest (Spiderman gets my highest marks). Expand
  4. LeeB.
    Nov 11, 2003
    10
    I will give it 12+ good.
  5. JK.
    Oct 25, 2003
    8
    This is an amazing game. Each of the turtles has their own set of moves. Leonardo is the most well-rounded, Donatello has the longest range, Michelangelo is the quickest and can use cool wall-jumping moves, and Raphael can climb walls using his Sai blades. Each turtles has his own unique story and levels. My only complaint is that the game is too short. If you're a fan of the Ninja Turtles, you'll enjoy this game. Expand
  6. MDeez
    Mar 28, 2006
    7
    This game has so much potential, but it falls short in a few areas. Total gametime is short, and there's no climactic end boss battle, not even on the higher difficulty levels. The gameplay is great, the minigames are a refreshing break from the usual side-scrolling fights, the individual character moves are great, cutscenes and storyline is decent, music is good. If only more prevalent bad guys from the cartoon had been weaved into the story, and the gameplay experience lenghtened, then this game would have deserved an 8 or 9. Expand