Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  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. 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.
  4. 40
    While this game is quite the looker, its gameplay is far, far too repetitive and strangely difficult. It's more of a license cash-in than a modern-day version of the classic games.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    Even by side-scrolling basher standards, the gameplay here is weak and uninspired. The lack of complexity in the fighting system, combined with the lack of variation in the action itself leads to a game that, despite being gorgeous, is still a total snooze.
  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. The angles are fabulous -- never staying in one place too long while framing the action with cinematic flair. [Nov 2003, p.91]
  11. 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.
  12. TMNT certainly looks good but the simplistic gameplay of TMNT will leave any mildly serious gamer with a few hours of fun at their fingertips but possibly no more than that.
  13. The ultimate hybrid of the old-school arcade game and next generation console. Your hands are going to hurt at the end of this game, but it’s going to be a blast.
  14. A hugely disappointing update to a franchise that was once reverred in the videogames industry - why is there no 4P option?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 55
    Though the game mechanics are sound, the simply repetitious nature of the game makes it a chore to play through.
  18. Where most licensed brawlers feel sloppy and half-finished, Turtles is smooth and cohesive. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.81]
  19. 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.
  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 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.
  22. 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
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. JaydaS.
    Aug 16, 2004
    10
    Its awesome! Most awesome! Cowabunga all the way!
  2. StuartE.
    Apr 29, 2004
    8
    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
    10
    This game rocks. i like a it a lot around the holidays.