Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
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  1. 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.
  2. 67
    A smooth, polished game, and it's a lot of fun to play, especially for hardcore Turtles fans. It's just not very complex, and it's not all that long.
  3. TMNT doesn't wear its nostalgic aspects particularly well, and the remaining components simply don't make for a very entertaining experience.
  4. Yet, with the game rooted in arcade sensibilities, TMNT ends up a short and repetitive journey. Noninteractive environments and scant gameplay differences among the four turtles diminish my desire to replay.
  5. Xbox Nation Magazine
    Where most licensed brawlers feel sloppy and half-finished, Turtles is smooth and cohesive. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.81]
  6. Cheat Code Central
    Overall the game plays like it's on a permanent cheat code, which may not be a bad thing to some of our little cheaters out there. Lots of enemies will attempt to overwhelm you but they all have basic moves and very little intelligence making them easy to decimate.
  7. 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.
  8. It plays the role of an updated "Final Fight" clone quite well, but the lion’s share of today’s gamers demand a little more depth for their hard earned money.
  9. 55
    Though the game mechanics are sound, the simply repetitious nature of the game makes it a chore to play through.
  10. 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.
  11. Official Xbox Magazine
    The game falls prey to the traps that eventually led to the degradation of the side-scrolling beat-'em-up: There's nothing more to do. [Dec 2003, p.144]
  12. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#88 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JaydaS.
    Aug 16, 2004
    Its awesome! Most awesome! Cowabunga all the way!
  2. StuartE.
    Apr 29, 2004
    Good old coin-op style gaming with good graphics and sound. The way the game scrolls is the best I have seen for a game of this type, giving Good old coin-op style gaming with good graphics and sound. The way the game scrolls is the best I have seen for a game of this type, giving you the classic and ease of 2D platform in a 3D world. If you want some mindless thumb aching action, this game is for you. Full Review »
  3. Monkeywithguns
    Feb 12, 2004
    This game rocks. i like a it a lot around the holidays.