Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled
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Developer(s) Ubisoft Singapore
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Composer(s) Jose Paz II
Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Platform(s) Xbox 360 (XBLA),
PlayStation 3 (PSN)
Release date(s) Xbox Live Arcade
PlayStation Network
  • WW September 10, 2009[2]
Genre(s) Side-scrolling beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer (up to four players)
Distribution Download

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled (sometimes shortened Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled) is an enhanced remake of the 1991 arcade game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, which itself is a sequel to the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game. Both of the original arcade games were produced by Konami. It is a side scrolling beat 'em up, mostly based on the 1987 animated series, the TMNT Adventures and the second movie.

It was developed and published by Ubisoft Singapore for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was released worldwide on August 5, 2009 on Xbox Live Arcade and September 10, 2009 on the PlayStation Network. The game was later delisted from the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store in June 2011, due to an expired license.

The game was a commercial success, moving more than 444,000 units during its time on Xbox Live Arcade. It also was the top downloadable title on the North American PlayStation Network the month of its release. Despite high sales, critical reception was mediocre overall. The PlayStation 3 version holds a score of 56.50% at GameRankings, while the Xbox 360 version holds a score of 61.79%. Reviewers generally praised the enhanced visuals and addition of online play, but were critical of the little replay value and the inability to join a game already in progress.

Gameplay[edit]

Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is an enhanced remake of the original Turtles in Time

Turtles in Time Re-Shelled is a side scrolling beat 'em up. Players control the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Raphael. Each playable character has his own strengths and weaknesses. Up to four players can play simultaneously, and can play any combination of local and online multiplayer.[3] Players are given a basic control setup, with jump, attack, and special attack buttons in addition to movement.[4] Certain button combinations can execute special moves, such as a sprint, dash attack, or special attack.[5] New to the remake is the ability to attack in eight directions, as opposed to the two directions of the original version.[6]

Other enhancements were made to Re-Shelled over the original game. The graphics were recreated completely in 3D, with players now moving in and out of a true 3D camera.[7] The opening and closing cinematics were redesigned with a stylized comic book feel. The vocal quips of the arcade version return, albeit re-recorded by the cast of the 2003 cartoon. The music has also been updated, with the original theme song being replaced.[5] Re-Shelled also features Survival and Quickplay modes as well as leaderboards which track a player's high score.[4] However, the game doesn't feature any of the original levels that were featured in the SNES version of the original game.

Synopsis[edit]

The game begins as the turtles watch a television newscast of April O'Neil reporting from Liberty Island. Suddenly, Krang flies in using his giant exosuit and steals the Statue of Liberty. Immediately thereafter Shredder hijacks the airwaves to laugh at the turtles.[8] They head to downtown New York and pursue the Foot Clan through the streets and the city sewers, where Shredder sends them through a time warp. The turtles then have to fight Shredder's army through multiple eras of time to defeat him.[8]

Development and marketing[edit]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled was first unveiled in April 2009 at the Galabunga event in New York City.[9] Originally slated for release on the Xbox 360 on July 22, 2009, it was first released as a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360 on August 5, 2009 as part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade.[1][10] The price of Re-Shelled was lowered prior to the game's release when questioned as to the reason for the price drop, a Ubisoft representative responded "We wanted to give something to the loyal TMNT fans in honor of the 25th anniversary."[11] It was released on PlayStation 3 following the time exclusivity on September 10, 2009.[2] The game was later delisted from the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store in June 2011, due to an expired license. [12][13]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 56.50% (PS3)[14]
61.79% (X360)[15]
Metacritic 55/100 (PS3)[16]
60/100 (X360)[17]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C[18]
GameZone 7/10[19]
IGN 5.9/10[20]
TeamXbox 8.8/10[21]

Turtles in Time Re-Shelled received mixed reviews from critics, but mediocre reception overall. The PlayStation 3 version holds a score of 56.50% at GameRankings, while the Xbox 360 version holds a score of 61.79%.[14][15] Metacritic reports similar scores, with the PlayStation 3 version averaging 55/100 and the Xbox 360 version averaging 60/100.[16][17] Despite mediocre reviews it was a commercial success, moving more than 387,000 units on Xbox Live Arcade as of year-end 2010.[22] It also ranked as the top downloadable title on the North American PlayStation Network the month of its release.[23] As of its delisting on Xbox Live Arcade it had moved 444,000 units.[24]

Reviewers generally had positive remarks in regards to the upgraded graphics in the game. Dale Nardozzi of TeamXbox stated the visual upgrade has "a fancy sheen that completely modernizes this code."[21] IGN's Daemon Hatfield also praised the new visuals, but expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that players could not choose the original graphics, saying that "the original arcade graphics have a certain charm this version doesn't."[20] Official Xbox Magazine (OXM)'s Ryan McCaffrey agreed, noting "we would’ve loved a Secret of Monkey Island/R-Type-esque way to revert to the classic graphics on the fly."[25] In regards to the game's multiplayer, reviewers appreciated the new online component; however, some were disappointed with the inability to join games on the fly, which the original arcade version allowed.[25] Scott Sharkey of 1UP.com and the reviewer from GameZone both noted that the game is more fun with four players.[18][19] Sharkey stated that multiplayer gameplay "amplifies the fun by an order of magnitude for each person who joins in."[18]

Criticisms were made in regards to the game's simplicity and lack of replay value. The reviewer from GameTrailers was disappointed with the control scheme, stating it was too simplistic.[4] TeamXbox's Dale Nardozzi stated that while the turtles can now attack in more directions players will still "more than likely get a severe, gang-up-style beatdown."[21] IGN's Daemon Hatfield criticized the game's difficulty, but conceded that Turtles in Time "was made for arcades and it shows in the cheap bosses and unavoidable traps."[20]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "PlayStation Store Update blog". Sony Computer Entertainment. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  3. ^ de Matos, Xav (2009-07-12). "Hands-on: TMNT Turtles in Time Re-shelled (XBLA)". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
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  5. ^ a b Nicholson, Brad (2009-08-11). "Review: TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled". Destructoid. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
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  8. ^ a b Ubisoft Singapore (2009-08-05). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled. Ubisoft Singapore. 
  9. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2009-05-01). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time 3D Remake Comes Out Of Its Shell". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  10. ^ McWhertor, Michael (2009-07-10). "TMNT: Turtles In Time Re-make Knocked Back By 'Splosion Man". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  11. ^ Nelson, Randy. "TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled gets re-priced to 800 MS points". Joystiq. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  12. ^ "TMNT Turtles in Time Re-Shelled Getting Cowabunga’d Off Xbox Live Marketplace June 30". Planet Xbox360. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Fletcher, JC (2011-06-23). "TMNT Re-Shelled no longer available in US after June 30". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  14. ^ a b "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled for PlayStation 3 – GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  15. ^ a b "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled for Xbox 360 – GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  16. ^ a b "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled for PlayStation 3 Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  17. ^ a b "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled for Xbox 360 Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  18. ^ a b c Sharkey, Scott (2009-08-12). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled Review". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  19. ^ a b jkdmedia (2009-08-30). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled – 360 – Review". GameZone. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  20. ^ a b c Hatfield, Daemon (2009-08-05). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  21. ^ a b c Nardozzi, Dale (2009-08-03). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time Re-Shelled Review (Xbox 360)". TeamXbox. Retrieved 2010-11-30. 
  22. ^ Langley, Ryan (2011-01-28). "XBLA: In-Depth: Xbox Live Arcade Sales Analysis For All Of 2010". Gamerbytes. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  23. ^ Langley, Ryan (2009-09-19). "In-Depth: North American PlayStation Network Sales Analysis, September 2009". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  24. ^ Langley, Ryan (2012-01-20). "Xbox Live Arcade by the numbers – the 2011 year in review". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2012-01-23. 
  25. ^ a b McCaffrey, Ryan (2009-08-10). "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled". Official Xbox Magazine. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 

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