Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Jun 15, 2022
    100
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a must-play for both TMNT and beat-’em-up fans alike. It’s a game that takes what worked in the past, but still finds space to innovate beyond its fan service and nostalgia play. If you’ve ever felt like retro revivals can’t be much more than shallow nostalgia, Shredder’s Revenge will prove that there’s still more than enough room for an old genre to grow.
  2. Jun 15, 2022
    100
    Look, I know I've been piling on the praise in this review, but believe me when I say this is a game that deserves every last bit of it. I’ve probably played hundreds of beat-'em-ups over the years. However, precious few manage to do what Dotemu and Tribute Games have managed to do here. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is nothing short of lightning in a bottle; one of those rare examples of a game that simply doesn’t miss a beat from the moment it starts until the credits roll. Sure, you may come for the nostalgia and irresistible retro-inspired presentation, but it’s the rock-solid core mechanics that offer the perfect balance of depth and approachability that will keep you coming back time and time again. If that sounds even remotely up your alley, then go, ninja, go, ninja, go and add this game to your collection. It’s a true testament to Turtle Power.
  3. Jun 16, 2022
    92
    TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is a sensational belt scroller, created with both passion and respect for the classics. The folks over at Tribute Games must really have loved their work, and it shows every second you spend playing. If you love this genre of games and are nostalgic for the old days when the Turtles dominated the arcade ecosystem, Shredder's Revenge is your game of the summer. Or maybe of a lifetime.
  4. Jun 28, 2022
    90
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge might not be the most remarkable beat ‘em up ever made, but it was developed by people who understand and love the genre, and therefore it is immensely enjoyable. And, of course, the Turtles-induced nostalgia rolled over me like a tsunami.
  5. Jun 24, 2022
    90
    A game that continues the core of the retro belt scroll genre. It emphasizes exciting action rather than equipment farming or growth process, and succeed to sustain each advantages both in single and multi-play. Especially, multiplayer delivers the joy of belt scroll thanks to its matching system and roll-back net code. The world with good use of TMNT universe is also attractive.
  6. Jun 20, 2022
    90
    It still amazes me that TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is real, but the eight-year-old within me is incredibly glad it is. Reliving the classic arcade games with a whole new lens made me smile from ear to ear, but newcomers and youngsters alike should find Story Mode a good way to introduce themselves to the wild, brawler antics. It’s a must play, even beyond the wonderful nostalgia factor.
  7. Jun 19, 2022
    90
    TMNT: Shredder's Revenge brings the best of the arcades and the modern-day improvements like higher fidelity visuals and online play to magnificently bring together an amazing beat'em up that can be enjoyed by just about anyone. You will be able to enjoy this beat'em up even if you don't have any sort of investment in the IP as the game's accessible mechanics and replay value will keep you coming back to kick some bad guys out of Manhattan.
  8. Jun 17, 2022
    90
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is exactly the game it promised to be: a heartfelt, funny, clever and incredibly fun tribute to a classic beat-'em-up and the cartoon on which it was based. The old-fashioned version of the Turtles might seem a bit odd to kids who are used to the more modern versions, but even they should have a ton of fun beating the heck out of the Foot Clan with their favorite of the timeless terrapins. If you feel nostalgia for Turtles in Time, then Shredder's Revenge is made for you, and I'm darn glad it is.
  9. Jun 16, 2022
    90
    Between the co-op, collectibles, challenges, achievements and upgrades, there’s more reasons to keep going back to Shredder’s Revenge than probably any other game in the genre has ever provided. This is all on top of fun and fantastic combat and a nostalgia overload that most should love. But even those who weren’t necessarily fans of the Ninja Turtles, still have a great scrolling beat ’em up to make their way through.
  10. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge caters to a specific niche audience, but couldn’t have done a better job of it. The developers understood what made the arcade games great thirty plus years ago and build on it, creating a game that is rooted in the style of its predecessors with just enough modernization to feel contemporary. References to the classic games and cartoon are sprinkled throughout. Interactions with supporting characters like Vern and Irma are deliberately handled in a manner that would fit in during the 16-bit era. Shredder’s Revenge does rely on nostalgia for the golden age of arcade gaming for players to be completely enamored with it. Without the nostalgia goggles, it’s still a great retro beat ’em up based on its own gameplay merits, but for those who grew up with the classic Turtles, it feels like a fragment of childhood has been recreated.
  11. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a game that delivers everything that it promised and so much more. Amazing gameplay, excellent game design, fantastic graphics and absolutely mind blowing soundtrack by Tee Lopes mark this game as another great success by DotEmu, and one of the best games of 2022.
  12. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is everything you would expect from a classic Beat em Up, as it has a decent amount of combos to learn and stages to complete. To that you can add its beautiful aesthetic section and music that make an organic dumbbell with each other.
  13. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  14. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is everything we needed. It's a game we'll constantly come back to for single player or with friends, in local co-op and over the internet, to find all the hidden secrets and cameos. Tribute Games shows its years of experience and Dotemu is now the new authority on modern beat 'em ups, after Streets of Rage 4.
  15. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    Whether you’re a big fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or just someone who appreciates incredible music and satisfying side-scrolling gameplay, Shredder’s Revenge has something for pretty much everyone. The Turtles may have taken a bit of a break from gaming, but this is one shell of a comeback.
  16. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    The presentation feels like a Saturday morning cartoon, and you can tell it was made with great care and affection. For those looking to recapture the feeling of those 90s arcade cabinets, or who are simply looking for a fantastic beat ’em up, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge provides a radically fun time.
  17. Jun 15, 2022
    90
    Each character is fun to explore, the music will stay in your head long after you stop playing, and even if the game feels a bit short, there are plenty of reasons to go back. Simply put, this might just be the ultimate intersection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom and beat ’em up arcade style. Not just a slice of pizza, it’s the whole dang pie.
  18. 90
    With a killer soundtrack, excellent controls, a great roster of characters, and more, you'll find that there is an excellent time to be had here by any gamer of any skill level.
  19. Jun 15, 2022
    88
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge gives me what I wanted: a polished, raucously fun throwback that plays better than how I remember the original games. Turtles fans new and old will find plenty to love, but those possessing a nostalgia for this era of the franchise are in for the biggest treat. Invite some friends, order a pizza, and prepare to relive your childhood in the best possible way.
  20. Jun 16, 2022
    86
    Shredder’s Revenge has a pretty specific target audience. But if you fall within that narrow strike zone, this game is amazing. The animation is incredible, the action is well-crafted, and that Turtles attitude is on full display. If you aren’t an old-school TMNT fan with a penchant for beat ’em ups, maybe you can appreciate the pixel art. The actual game design is excellent, as well. It’s just hard to imagine what this game looks like without nostalgia goggles on. Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of that extremely dated cartoon, check this game out. I promise TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is a blast either way.
  21. Our young turtles are back with the soul of 90s. Shredder and Krang are still as fearsome as ever. But this will not stop our heroes in a half shell.
  22. Jun 20, 2022
    85
    Shredder's Revenge is a reminder of why good co-op brawlers are timeless.
  23. Jun 19, 2022
    85
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is, simply, what every fan of the ninja turtles could have hoped for. This game is pure fun, even more so if you play it with some friends. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is worth buying whether you are a fan of the turtles or not, even if it can be considered a tiny bit short regarding its duration. Let's hope that this is only the beginning of a new era for the mutant ninja turtles games.
  24. Jun 16, 2022
    85
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredders Revenge is a very entertaining game, solid and with a level design that does justice to those arcade titles of the nineties. Its gameplay mechanics are timeless and fun. You will want to finish it more than once.
  25. Jun 16, 2022
    85
    Taking inspiration from Konami's Turtles in Time as a reference, Tribute Games and DotEmu had little chance of missing their game. A true cry of love to a cult Super Nintendo game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is this little sweet candy that we keep in the mouth as long as possible to suck all the flavors.
  26. Jun 15, 2022
    85
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is like having an arcade at home, filled with joy, memories and a brilliant take on classic beat'em up. It's not perfect, it doesn't have huge amount of contents, it's never too original but well, Tribute Games take on Ninja Turtles is simply fun to play and stunning to admire. Good alone, great with friends, it's a love letter to arcade gaming without stressing too much on the nostalgia effect.
  27. Jun 19, 2022
    80
    TMNT: Shredder's Revenge is a beat 'em up that delivers exactly what it promises. Although its content is a bit poor, it offers great doses of pure fun, especially in multiplayer mode, and is a first-rate title for those who want to throw a few quick punches. Cowabanga dudes!
  28. Jun 17, 2022
    80
    Light on content but heavy on satisfying gameplay and great artwork, Shredder's Revenge is exactly what fans of Turtles in Time would want out of a beat 'em up.
  29. Jun 17, 2022
    80
    Obviously, if you love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you’ll love Shredder's Revenge. As hinted at in the intro to this review, it’s built for you! If you’re like me and don’t have that history, you’ll still find a polished, super enjoyable experience here. With up to six player co-op, it’s the perfect game to slap on in the living room with some friends crashing round, plug in a few controllers and have a bash. I did, for important critique-related reasons, order some pizza while I was testing it out. I can confirm that it does, in fact, make the experience that much more enjoyable. Additional toppings aside from cheese were not tested.
  30. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    Shredder's Revenge was expected at the turn and it never disappoints. A love letter to the beat'em up (understand action game against several opponents) of the 16-bit generation (Super Nintendo, Mega Drive...), it pays homage to Turtles in Time by relying on a gameplay of exception and a simply masterful achievement. Beautiful, colorful, well animated and accompanied by catchy music, the title of Tribute Games multiplies the nods to the franchise and will delight all those who despaired of rediscovering the sensations of yesteryear. Yes, some aspects of the game are classic, but the adventure is so exhilarating and dynamic that we want more! Unquestionably the best Ninja Turtles game since Turtles in Time. Fans will be thrilled.
  31. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    While the game’s difficulty is a bit uneven and movement can be stiff at times, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge largely succeeds as a love letter to not only the classic TMNT side-scrollers of old, but the franchise as a whole. With Shredder’s Revenge now in the wild and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Collection set to launch on consoles later this year, it’s safe to say that fans of the Heroes-In-A-Half-Shell have no shortage of retro-style gaming action in 2022.
  32. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a fantastic homage to the classic TMNT games that players loved thirty years ago. It doesn’t do anything new with the beat 'em genre and could use an extra game more or two, but that’s ok; the game's core is still incredibly entertaining and is sure to satisfy fans of the Ninja Turtles. Shredder’s Revenge offers deep, fast-paced combat while being widely approachable to new players, and it's all packaged inside a loving tribute to the 1987 cartoon, teeming with personality and admiration for everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell.
  33. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    Shredder's Revenge more than lives up to the legacy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games that inspired it. It's fun, yet simple gameplay, excellent coop for up to six players online, and charming pixel-based art style will surely have 90s kids riding the wave of nostalgia all the way to its end.
  34. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    Whether you're able to extract more playtime out of Shredder's Revenge or not will depend on how willing you are to replay levels with other characters and on higher difficulty levels. Despite its brevity, however, this is still a tremendous labor of love that lives up to the legacy of Turtles in Time and the brawlers that came before it. Combat is fast-paced and simple yet satisfying, while new features help modernize the action without tampering with its 16-bit essence. Co-op is overly chaotic and could use some indicators to help you keep track of where you are, but playing with friends is still a blast. Rehashing a classic retro game is always a tough ask, but Shredder's Revenge avoids the obvious pitfalls and successfully brings about a revival of everyone's favorite mutant turtles.
  35. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a tribute to the classic arcade coin-op featuring the four hero turtles, a spiritual sequel to that beat’ em ups featuring modernized gameplay created by experts at Dotemu and developer Tribute Games. The game offers a story mode with progression and a genuine arcade mode with leaderboards online. Both of them can be played in co-op up to six players local or online, adding a lot of fun to an already good experience. You have to grab this game if you were a kid in the 90’s and love ninja turtles.
  36. Jun 15, 2022
    80
    Although a relatively short game by genre standards, Shredder’s Revenge takes you on a fun, mutagen-powered romp through New York City's ninja-filled streets.
  37. Jun 15, 2022
    79
    This heartfelt, engaging reprise of a classic falls just shy of greatness due to a lack of fresh ideas and endurance.
  38. Jun 19, 2022
    78
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge retains the original style of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games to the greatest extent possible, but also makes many new improvements in line with the times. Its retro-style levels have many interesting classic elements, the combat system has been largely renovated, and the online co-play system also has some original designs. However, some of the levels have some problems that affect the experience, the BOSS battle has few highlights, making it a relatively mediocre gameplay experience, and also difficult to bring a sufficient sense of achievement.
  39. Jun 25, 2022
    70
    This is basically the true sequel of SNES’ Turtles in Time, one of the best beat ‘em ups of that console. As such, this is definitely a nostalgia trip, albeit a completely safe at that. We are more than happy with the large selection of stages, but the time travelling aspect of the old game was definitely more imaginative compared with the city based levels of the new one.
  40. Jun 15, 2022
    70
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge feels like it’s designed from an Ninja Turtles arcade beat ‘em up template, which strips it of creativity and originality and makes it feel predictable and familiar. But the fluid combat continually sucks me back in, even though that also suffers from combat designs that should’ve been left in the past.
  41. Jun 15, 2022
    60
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge does what it set itself to do, bring people back to the 80's with a straight to the point beat ’em up experience. Despite of that, it remains modern, with enemies bringing up proper challenge to the player, even when facing the levels with friends. Unfortunately, it fails in bringing characters with personality. With all the turtles and other fighters doing pretty much the same thing, most passionate fans will still miss their beloved heroes.
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  1. Jun 15, 2022
    In my 25 years of professionally reviewing video games, I have never felt more confident recommending everyone check out a video game than with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. [Ars Technica Approved]
  2. Jun 15, 2022
    So yes, Turtles single-player has been an absolute delight. I can't wait for my first six-player match.
  3. Jun 15, 2022
    This game is so mechanically satisfying, so endearingly fun, that I couldn’t wait to hop back into the familiar environments, which remind me so much of crouching around that TV as a kid all those years ago. [Polygon Recommends]
  4. It makes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge a fun - albeit short - romp that's perfect for a night lounging around on the sofa with mates, or in a Discord voice call from your bedrooms. It doesn’t make any big departures from what you might expect, but that simplicity lends itself to a more social gaming experience than I’m used to. I like to imagine it captures the feeling of crowding around the original arcade machine with your pals back in the 80s (even if, as a 00s baby, I’ve never actually done that). That said, Shredder's Revenge wasn't so fun alone, so I'd recommend waiting until you manage to get a group together. There's no rush to play this one, but it'll be a good couple of hours when you can convince friends to hop in.
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 119 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 119
  1. Jun 17, 2022
    10
    This game is probably the best beat ‘em up I’ve ever played. And that’s heavy shoes to fill with the likes of old school arcade games likeThis game is probably the best beat ‘em up I’ve ever played. And that’s heavy shoes to fill with the likes of old school arcade games like X-men,TMNT arcade and Simpsons. The jump in and jump out Co-op is great. I can create a lobby or jump right into another flawlessly. Controls are fluid and the story mode is rewarding with the power-ups”levels” you get and you can jump in and out of that as well like arcade. It’s hard to put down and I’ve probably logged 15 hours already with two days since launch. If you are on the fence….. GET THIS GAME NOW!! Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2022
    9
    Awesome nostalgia trip. TMNT(SR) looks and plays fantastically whilst staying true to the older titles in the franchise. Currently playingAwesome nostalgia trip. TMNT(SR) looks and plays fantastically whilst staying true to the older titles in the franchise. Currently playing multiplayer via Xcloud (perfectly) on the Ayn Odin and the boy is playing on the Series X. This game is best in class. Full Review »
  3. Jun 19, 2022
    9
    Splendido, molto curato.
    Temevo due cose: 1) Che fosse un gioco che si reggesse solo sulla nostalgia 2) di essere troppo vecchio e smaliziato
    Splendido, molto curato.
    Temevo due cose: 1) Che fosse un gioco che si reggesse solo sulla nostalgia 2) di essere troppo vecchio e smaliziato per un picchiaduro arcade.
    i timori erano infondati: è un ottimo passatempo.
    Molto giocabile, rapido, dal sistema di combattimento soddisfacente.
    Entrare ed uscire dal gioco con altri giocatori connessi è rapido e semplice, ed ora che il gioco è appena uscito si trova sempre qualcuno con cui fare una partita, con attese quasi nulle...ed è molto godibile in gruppo.
    Pieno di citazioni e riferimenti al cartone anni 80 ed al film, sempre anni 80.
    C'è qualche bug in fase di multiplayer online, che blocca il gioco all'avvio di un livello ogni tanto....ma niente di tragico...basta lasciare la partita e ricominciare (senza nemmeno riavviare il gioco) per sistemare tutto.
    Ottimo prodotto, tra l'altro pagato pochissimo con l'xbox gamepass per pc.
    Gamepad oppure Fighting stick (anche economico ) raccomandatissimo, quasi obbligatorio.
    Ovviamente parliamo di un gioco ARCADE, che omaggia la vecchia scuola....io giocavo questo genere di giochi più di ventanni fà in sala giochi e sono abituato, i giocatori più giovani sono avvisati.
    E simile ad i picchiaduro "rapidi" come Street of rage, Vendetta, The Punisher, Cadillac and Dinosaurs ....(più rapido di un Double Dragon o Golden Axe).
    in due o tre giorni si finisce la trama principale.... ma rimane divertente anche una volta finito.
    Rapido da avviare, si sceglie un livello da rigiocare e via.... è divertente rigocarci.
    La longevità è allungata dal cercare punteggi più alti, provare altri personaggi, sbloccare trofei, far salire di livello uno dei protagonisti, vedere le diverse schermate finali ecc
    Ci starebbe un espansione tra qualche tempo
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