Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. 53
    It's a typical boring and repetitive brawler. You die cheaply, are forced to repeatedly play through unimaginative stages, and don't have a whole lot of fun in the process. In fact, playing through any part of the game is painful.
  2. TMNT doesn't wear its nostalgic aspects particularly well, and the remaining components simply don't make for a very entertaining experience.
  3. 40
    While the basic gameplay engine is solid enough, TMNT forgets that less is sometimes more, and does a fine job of boring the player as a result.
  4. It’s sad to think that with all its high-tech fanciness of the new console generation, TMNT can’t even muster up the personality and gameplay of the old arcade games.
  5. 60
    In short, this is a completely standard beat 'em up with nothing innovative, nothing that stands out, and a number of features that have been less than ideally copied from other games. Beyond that, it's a decent title.
  6. Feels cheeky to be criticising a scrolling beat 'em up for being too shallow, but TMNT is possibly one of the most tedious ever. Repetition is only acceptable when you're repeating something gratifying. [Jan 2004, p.109]
  7. The action is a little too samey, and things become just too repetitive. Aside from scenery variations, FMV cut-scenes and the odd boss fight, the game is practically the same from start to finish. [Jan 2004, p.125]
  8. The angles are fabulous -- never staying in one place too long while framing the action with cinematic flair. [Nov 2003, p.91]
  9. I find it sharp, fast, and stylish, which is just what this kind of game needs to be. Just keep the volume low—these Turtles be talking too damn much.
  10. Colorful graphics and sharp control make the game fun to watch and play, but the old-school punch-and-kick action gets monotonous. [Dec 2003, p.146]
  11. To be honest, the game is really quite enjoyable, but four-player Gauntlet-style fighting action would have been superb.
  12. A hugely disappointing update to a franchise that was once reverred in the videogames industry - why is there no 4P option?
  13. Decent, but it comes up short of ideal in just about every conceivable area.
  14. A decent game. The graphics, sound and gameplay are all entertaining enough to keep most gamers happy. The challenge isn’t exactly that of Everest, but it is definitely worth one run through.
  15. There's little joy to the gameplay, unless you like hammering one of the two attack buttons and simply aiming your hero at the next batch of fodder for your angry reptilian idiot.
  16. 55
    A gigantic disappointment. The gameplay is boring, the graphics are boring, and everything else is just plain boring. Even the multiplayer, when it WAS playable without all the debilitating slow-downs, was boring.
  17. While battling through hoards of baddies as the mean green fighting machines is fairly entertaining, especially in co-op mode with a friend, there just isn’t enough to here to make it worth anything more than a possible rent.
  18. A straight hack and slash action title. Nothing more, nothing less...Quite simply, I love this game.
  19. 67
    You know what's really weak, though? There are four Turtles—and they're a team, right? But only two heads can play this game simultaneously. I'm sorry, but I can't explain the logic behind that.
  20. The new game is a little bland, and just doesn’t really excite the same way that the old ones do. It’s the worst game under the Ninja Turtle franchise, and is worth a rental at most.
  21. The license alone saves the effort from mediocrity.
  22. While I'm as old school as anyone else, in the day of "Viewtiful Joe" and "Prince of Persia," monotonous one-after-another gameplay just doesn’t hold the same appeal as it once was.
  23. Rarely have I seen such uninspired awkward gameplay for a GameCube game, well nurtured visuals yes, but the game has not one interesting or surprising moment.
  24. The only saving grace this game has is for Ninja Turtles fans, but during a time when there are so many better games released you're not getting the same bang for your buck.
  25. 50
    It is not that the game doesn't have its fun moments, because it can be that, it is just that they are very short-lived and don't really go any further than the first level. Disappointing.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. EduardoR.
    Oct 21, 2005
    6
    If you are a great fan of the series, buy it. If you used to love all the NES and SNES TMNT games, you might like it. If you are looking for an exciting adventure game, ignore it! Full Review »
  2. Chris
    May 26, 2004
    10
    This game really makes me remember the good old days when TMNT were king. An instant classic.
  3. KennyH.
    Jan 5, 2004
    4
    Complete disappointment. I was obsessed with Turtles in time on SNES. But this game is simply......crap. Really sad.