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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time

Konami makes one of the best beat em’ up games for the Super Nintendo with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. Your mission is to save the Statue of Liberty from Shredder and his foot soldiers.

Gameplay: You can choose from Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. They all have unique differences in speed, attack, and move sets. For instance, Raphael is quick but his attack range is limited. Donatello has his Bo stick that can be used for long rang attacks, but his attack speed is slower. After you select your turtle, you start each level with a small little intro. Then it’s off to some fun beat-em up action. Each stage has enemies that reflect the theme of the stage you’re on. Most of them should be familiar if you’re a fan of the series. Along the way, you can collect items such as Pizza Boxes to regain your strength or special attack boxes.

You can interact with stages as well. Some examples are deflecting items such as sewer lids and busting fire hydrates to defeat enemies with pressured water. At the end of each stage you’ll fight a boss. Bebop, Rocksteady, Mecha-Turtle, and Shredder are just a few of them that you will encounter.

Control: Using the Y button allows you to perform your turtles attack. Each turtle has their own attack style and combos. The B button is used to jump and can be used for advance attacks. The A button is used for the special attack and will take a part of your health if you make contact with an enemy. The controls are responsive overall and are easy to use.

Graphics:The stages are well designed and animated with a lot of variety.  There are settings such as the prehistoric forest, night time skies, western train, and pirate ship.

Konami is known for making great beat em’ up games. From Batman Returns to The Simpsons they have created memorable hits. One of my favorites is TMNT IV: Turtles in Time. In fact its my favorite turtles game! The game stays true the source material perfectly. The beautiful graphics, amazing sound, and fun gameplay are all here on the Super Nintendo. If you’re a fan of Turtles or just beat em’ ups in general you don’t want to miss this game.

Pros: Great music, fun atmosphere, turtle universe is represented perfectly.

Cons: Not much replay value.

Score: 8.0

VGM: “Neon-Night Riders”

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