Mixed or average reviews - based on 40 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 40
  2. Negative: 8 out of 40
  1. 72
    This remake excels in its level choice, as it is fun to travel through time with the Turtles. Unfortunately, its execution is a bit too modest. Repetitive attacks and sounds are a killjoy. Whether it’s worth its 800 Microsoft Points is highly personal, but don’t forget that the Story Mode only takes about an hour.
  2. This is what it is and nothing more: a good remake. It's too simple compared to other beat 'em ups like Castle Crashers, but it also reminds us of those times when we shouted cowabunga when playing our favourite SNES game.
  3. Turtles in Time Re-Shelled isn’t trying to redefine scrolling beat-em-ups on XBLA; it's merely trying to offer a bite-sized nugget of updated retro fun, and that's exactly what Ubi-Soft have given us with this.
  4. Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled will mostly appeal to nostalgic fans, others may be less enthusiastic.
  5. Turtles in Time definitely provides the primitively satisfying, thumb-numbing enjoyment of the original. However, its adherence to the original game doesn’t help with replayability, and newcomers may find its “hardcore” appeal somewhat befuddling.
  6. Turtles in Time is a pretty retro fun title, however, it's too short.
  7. Re-Shelled unfortunately suffers the same pitfalls as the arcade iteration, while adding some new problems to the mix.
  8. Turtles in Time Re-Shelled was fun while it lasted, but that time was far too short.
  9. As an update of an older title, Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is an enjoyable nostalgia romp, but there isn't a whole lot here that is going to justify repeated play attempts.
  10. The HD visuals in Re-Shelled are a nice touch, but the aging formula, coupled with too few options and modes, makes for a repetitive and lackluster trip down memory lane. There simply isn't enough here to make you want to come back more than once or twice.
  11. Don't get us wrong, the 3D makeover turns it into a responsive and thoroughly modern duff-em-up. We just wish the fun lasted a little bit longer.
  12. Overall Turtles in Time can be a pretty fun title, however, it is incredibly short.
  13. The lack of jump-in play — particularly on the couch — is very disappointing considering the game’s coin-op origins. Bummer, dude.
  14. 60
    Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is a great example of how much games have evolved. Even though we may have thought we wanted this classic "remake" this release shows that it is no longer enough to slap on a coat of paint to outdated gameplay.
  15. 60
    Overall it seems that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled has made the best of a game that hasn't aged well. Check this out only if you're desperate for some multiplayer gameplay.
  16. X-ONE Magazine UK
    The experience is so short-lived and lacking in replayability that it's a hard sell. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  17. 59
    This shallow, generic brawler is coasting on nostalgia fumes and the TMNT brand. Ubisoft didn't ruin the original arcade game; it just didn't do enough with it. Virtually nothing has been added to the gameplay, so you're paying a premium for updated graphics you may not even like.
  18. My end feeling is that the game is still fun to play, despite any changes to the gameplay, and if you get a group of friends together you'll still have a blast with it like you did in the arcade or at home as a kid, even if the experience isn't all there.
  19. The bottom line is that the game doesn't hold up very well, but it's mildly amusing to play for an hour or so, especially with friends.
  20. This shallow, simplistic beat-'em-up is stuck in the past.
  21. 55
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled aims to bring back the feeling of turtle power, but ultimately it doesn't contain the solid gameplay that the modern gamer expects from a title.
  22. 50
    Yeah, it's still fun when you've got three other friends involved, but when you get down to it it's an antiquated game that doesn't have the pizzazz that people expect out of a downloadable remakes these days. Honestly, I'd have been happy with a cheap, no-frills port of the original arcade version (something that this remake doesn't even include, incidentally).
  23. With only the core game mode and two mild variations based on the same levels there's just not enough game here to warrant a purchase.
  24. 50
    It'd all be mitigated a bit if you could unlock the arcade version, but you can't. I hate to say this, given the comparative effort that goes into a full remake versus a simple port, but if you're really jonesing for a turtle throwdown, get the XBLA version of the first arcade game. It's cheaper, less jarring, and every bit as much fun.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Mar 28, 2017
    A really good game that is fun to play with friends. It was well worth a purchase until they took it off the store. For those that did get itA really good game that is fun to play with friends. It was well worth a purchase until they took it off the store. For those that did get it while it was around, it's a nice throw back to gamings golden days. Full Review »
  2. Dec 27, 2014
    Having disappeared from both XBL and PSN, this is a fairly rare gem from a few years back that, while never living up to the name of itsHaving disappeared from both XBL and PSN, this is a fairly rare gem from a few years back that, while never living up to the name of its wonderful previous version, holds its own for the most part.
    The most obvious problem is the fact that this is not the same game from the old days. Yes, its a 3D remake of one of the best side-scrolling beat-em-ups ever made but it doesn't hold a candle to the classic Turtles in Time from the SNES days. The 3D leaves alot to be desired and the game just doesn't feel right. I really wish they had just re-released the original game and been done with it as the remake is not a good way to show the kids of today what a wonderful game the original was.
    This game does still have a bit of the charm from the original and they were at least able to give each individual turtle a different ability to let them stand out. I'm glad this game was made as it gives us at least some kind of ability to play this on the 360. But the original is what we wanted and we were not given that. A disappointment to be sure but not without some merit.
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  3. Jan 17, 2013
    Amazing game back in the day. Classic.