TMNT (video game)
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|Publisher(s)||Ubisoft, Game Factory Interactive, Russobit-M|
|Series||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, Beat em up, Platformer|
TMNT is a single-player action-adventure multi-platform action game starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It is based on the 2007 film of the same name, and was released three days before the actual movie's release for the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Playstation Portable video game consoles, as well as for the PC on March 20, 2007. The Xbox and PlayStation 3 versions of the game were cancelled.
The gameplay in TMNT contains many acrobatic segments in the vein of another Ubisoft game series, Prince of Persia. The game features 16 levels, 16 story and 16 unlockable challenge levels. The game also features four playable characters, each with their own unique fighting style and abilities. The game encourages cooperative gameplay, as the player will have to use each turtles special abilities to navigate through their environment.
PSP and DS versions
Unlike PS2/GameCube/Wii/PC/Xbox 360 versions, the PSP and DS versions of the game are relatively similar to each other, though makes use of their individual system's strengths in different ways. Both are based on the same story layout as the console versions, and brings the action to the rooftops in New York in a fast paced acrobatic platformer. The fighting in these versions are further simplified down from what is found in the console versions, and as such the fights themselves are not many and the enemies likewise, besides having a fighting engine that really bogs the whole thing down.
Ubisoft secured the rights from Konami, who had produced all the previous TMNT games. The game's creative director Nick Harper said "The TMNT movie is all about the emotions associated with family and teenage angst. We've taken that philosophy and turned it into gameplay mechanics that will be fun and challenging." Ubisoft has stated the focus within the game is "on the four turtle brothers finding out their differences and getting through family problems".
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TMNT received mixed reviews with many critics praising its action platforming, while criticism went to its repetitive combat, bad camera, and lack of multiplayer. IGN gave the GameCube, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and PC versions a 6.0 out of 10, saying that the game is "Strictly for the kids". The Wii version was criticized for using very little of the Wii Remote's unique capabilities, since one can only move the remote back and forth to use the turtles' weapons, with the weapons lacking free-direction attacks. When reviewing the Nintendo DS and Wii versions of TMNT, the UK Official Nintendo Magazine commonly compared the two games to the 1989 arcade game of the same name, and even said in a hint guide that "Turtles games were once better".
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