Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The Hyperstone Heist Coverart.png
North American cover artwork
Composer(s)Masahiro Ikariko
You Takamine
Kaori Kinouchi
Hideto Inoue
Kozo Nakamura
SeriesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Platform(s)Sega Genesis
  • NA: 11 December 1992
  • JP: 22 December 1992
  • EU: 1993
Genre(s)Beat 'em up Edit this on Wikidata
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

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 comic book characters the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the Sega Genesis.


April O'Neil is reporting from Liberty 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.


The gameplay of The Hyperstone Heist is heavily based on the second TMNT arcade game, Turtles in Time, which was ported to 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.

The game shares nearly the same soundtrack and sound effects as Turtles in Time, but the music plays faster in The Hyperstone Heist.[1] Though there are fewer than half the levels as Turtles in Time, each level is longer. Furthermore, The Hyperstone Heist has a more aggressive enemy AI and faster-moving gameplay.[1]

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, Tatsu, Baxter Stockman, Krang and Super Shredder.


TMNT: The Hyperstone Heist
Publication Score
Allgame 3/5 stars[2]

ScrewAttack named it the 19th best Genesis game ever in their top 20 list,[3] although they dismissed it as a direct clone of Turtles in Time, which they consider to be the best beat'em up ever. MegaTech magazine gave an overall score of 87 out of 100 praising the graphics and sound although commenting that the gameplay isn’t hard work and experienced players would be able to beat the game easily.[4] Electronic Gaming Monthly’s four reviewers gave the game positive ratings praising the graphics and the animation, although there was criticism for the game being too easy and the game not having enough levels.[5]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Allgame review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist. URL retrieved 22 July 2006.
  3. ^ "ScrewAttack's Top Ten Video - Top 20 Genesis Games (20-11)". ScrewAttack's Top 10. GameTrailers. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ TMNT the Hyperstone Heist Review. United Kingdom: Maverick Magazines. June 1995. p. 31. Retrieved 19 December 2020.
  5. ^ TMNT the Hyperstone Heist Review. United States: EGM Media. January 1993. p. 28. Retrieved 20 December 2020.

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