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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The arcade classic has been revamped with all new 3-D graphics, but with the same classic beat-'em-up gameplay. Take on the Foot and bosses alone or in a team of four. Cowabunga, dudes! New graphics, classic gameplay: The game has upgraded 3-D graphics, but still features the same side-scrolling beat-'em-up gameplay we all love. Multiplayer: Play the four-player co-op and survival modes available online and locally. Cowabunga, dudes!: It's the Turtles back in one of their all-time classic arcade games, now playable on Xbox 360. [Ubosift] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 40
  2. Negative: 8 out of 40
  1. One of the best XBLA hack-and-slash classics ever to grace Xbox Live Arcade.
  2. Digital distribution brings us a remarkable clean-up of a true arcade classic, starred by the mighty Ninja Turtles.
  3. 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.
  4. The experience is so short-lived and lacking in replayability that it's a hard sell. [Nov 2009, p.104]
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. It may have been fun back in the 1990s but now there’s just not enough depth to gain any sort of prolonged enjoyment out of it. Short bursts in multiplayer can be mildly enjoyable, but for 800 points it’s simply not worth it. It’s crazy to think they were originally going to charge 1200 for what is a bare-bone remake.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. PacoD
    Aug 11, 2009
    On my first play of the game, I loved it but felt it was way too short. On my second playthrough using another turtle, I realized that the turtles have their own unique special attacks, which changes things up a bit. That allows for 4 unique playthroughs using all of the turtles. Then I considered the Quick Play and Survival modes, not to mention 4 person co-op and the game suddenly seemed like a much better value to me. I Expand
  2. CandaceMacy
    Aug 10, 2009
    Turtles! This is such a cool blast from the past. The second I started playing this is brought back memories of me and my friends meeting up weekends and after to school to drop quarters and play the day away. This is a pretty faithful remake, and the graphical upgrade adds a nice flair. I wish I still knew some of those people from the arcades, this would be a great way for us to have a reunion. I guess I Expand
  3. TennesseeP
    Aug 10, 2009
    Co-op for the win! This is a really fun game, but co-op is where it
  4. OwainB
    Aug 5, 2009
    I've always enjoyed the Turtles in Time Arcade, SNES port and even the Genesis scaled down port over the years and here we are again with another version of that timeless classic. TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-shelled. When I first heard the announcement of this game I was really excited. CAM videos were soon posted online showing the ingame action and it looked pretty impressive. For those wondering, this port is closer to the Arcade rather than the SNES version which had extra stages. So how does it fair up in the end? Graphics: The Singapore Konami studio has done a great job with the graphics. Although it's a matter of opinion on whether you like the old 80's slapstick turtle look or new serious look. Everything is nice and clean and the animation is all top notch for everything onscreen. Sound: Voices are great. The turtles and the announcers voices and sound effects are clear and free of static as you should expect from a new game. Music however is unfortunately bland. The tunes have been remixed but lack the serious excitement and fun that the original Arcade soundtrack had. I'm not sure who was in charge of music but they honestly get a FAIL in my books. Sorry. Gameplay: The game plays great and is just as easy to control as the original arcade was. You'll notice though that you get a bit of a different feel than you would playing the original. This might be because some of the animation from the original isn't as smooth looking as this game. Still though no gripes in this department. Lasting appeal: Since I only downloaded this game this morning, I only was able to try out the first 3 levels. However there's plent of achievements to unlock and with the fact that this game supports 4 player co-op I'm sure this'll be one of those titles that you can keep going back to again and again. Overall: Konami Singapore did a great job with this game. It breathes new life into a classic arcade game that many of us enjoyed in the late 80's - early 90's and allows younger players who're new to the franchise to enjoy it with the turtles they're familiar with today. Overall 8/10. Expand
  5. TroyM
    Aug 6, 2009
    Terrible remake. They removed all the great music (didn't even remix it!), removed all the great battle quotes, changed the fighting engine for the worse (special attacks don't even drain health now), and made numerous other changes that ruin the experience. They didn't even bother to balance this out by offering new content, more moves, making the turtles more unique, etc. All in all, the whole experience is a childhood train wreck. Don't waste $10 on this. Go hunt down the SNES cart or something. Expand
  6. ArnoldS
    Aug 5, 2009
    I went in to this game with no nostalgia, so people with fond memories might feel differently. Unfortunately, the gameplay is much to bland for me to recommend. You go forward and press X. 1 hour later, you win. Co-op sounds like it would be fun, but somehow ends up being worse than single-player. The screen becomes a hideous jumbled mess from which no enjoyment is found. The game is a piss-poor value, too, with little re-playability to be had. Skip this, and go buy 'Splosion Man instead. Expand
  7. SomeGuy
    Aug 8, 2009
    As a fan of the SNES version of this game, I played the demo and was sorely disappointed. They completely changed the fighting system and as such removed all the strategy and thought that was required in the original. The graphics were good but the new soundtrack is awful, they should have kept the original songs and re-done them with new instruments because it was one of the best videogame soundtracks ever IMO. What a waste of time and money. Expand

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