Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
North American box art
North American cover artwork
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Distributor(s) Sega
Composer(s) Masahiro Ikariko
You Takamine
Kaori Kinouchi
Hideto Inoue
Kozo Nakamura
Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive
Release date(s)
  • JP December 22, 1992
  • NA August 11, 1992
  • EU 1993
Mode(s) Single-player
Cooperative multiplayer (up to two players)
Distribution 8 megabit-cartridge

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist, released in Europe as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist and in Japan as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return of the Shredder is a side-scrolling beat 'em up based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) franchise, and was also the first TMNT game released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.

Plot[edit]

April O'Neil is reporting from Ellis Island when, in a sudden flash of light, her audience and herself witness Manhattan Island suddenly starting to shrink. Shredder then hijacks the airwaves and announces to the world that this was only a demonstration of the power of the Hyperstone, the treasure of Dimension X. With the Hyperstone in his possession, he now has the power to take over the world. The Turtles have no choice but to go after Shredder and stop him.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay of The Hyperstone Heist is heavily based on the second Ninja Turtles arcade game, Turtles in Time, which was also released for the Super NES during the same year. The controls are similar to Turtles in Time, but the ability to dash is now assigned to a specific button and the player can no longer throw enemies towards the screen.

There are a total of five stages ("New York City", "A Mysterious Ghost Ship", "Shredder's Hideout", "The Gauntlet", and "The Final Shell Shock"), which comprise a combination of new levels created specifically for this game and ones based on levels from the first arcade game and Turtles in Time.

The bosses include Leatherhead, Rocksteady (having an attack pattern similar to the one that he had in the first arcade game), Tatsu (Shredder's right-hand man from the first two live-action films, who also appeared in TMNT: Manhattan Missions), Baxter Stockman (in his human form like in the first arcade game), Krang and Super Shredder.

Critical response[edit]

TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist
Publication Score
IGN reader average
8.3 / 10 [1]
The Video Game Critic
C [2]
Allgame
3/5 stars[3]
MobyGames
3.6 / 5 [4]
GameSpot reader average
8.4 / 10 [5]

The Hyperstone Heist is considered a good adaptation of the TMNT show into game form.[5] When compared to Turtles in Time, The Hyperstone Heist features fewer but longer levels, fewer special effects, and inferior digitized voice samples, although the game features more frames of sprite animation than the SNES iteration of Turtles in Time.[2] Though the Genesis/Megadrive has an inferior color palette when compared to the SNES, The Hyperstone Heist appears visually brighter, with a heavier use of color contrast than the SNES game, though the visuals, particularly the shading on character sprites, are overall less detailed due to this hardware limitation. The game also includes more background layers, faster and clearer sprite movement, and overall faster gameplay.

Both games share nearly the same soundtrack and sound effects, but the songs play faster in The Hyperstone Heist.[6] Though there are fewer than half the levels in the Genesis game compared to the SNES game, each level is longer. Furthermore, The Hyperstone Heist is considered the more difficult game of the two, thanks to a more aggressive enemy AI and faster-moving gameplay.[6]

Screwattack named it the 19th best Genesis game ever in their top 20 list,[7] although they dismissed it as a direct clone of Turtles in Time, which they consider to be the best beat'em up ever.

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 16th July 2006.
  2. ^ a b Game Critic review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 22nd July 2006.
  3. ^ Allgame review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 22nd July 2006.
  4. ^ MobyGames review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 22nd July 2006.
  5. ^ a b GameSpot review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 25th July 2006.
  6. ^ a b Game Pilgrimage comparison of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 25 July 2006.
  7. ^ [1]

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