Difficult to ignore the release, on June 16, of the highly anticipated Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge by Tribute Games. That an independent Quebec studio managed to secure a mandate to produce a work of the famous turtle adventures was a feat in itself. But Tribute accepted the challenge with flying colors and the highly anticipated game is already a commercial and critical success and is about to become a cult item.
Yet the road was littered with pitfalls. Redo a beat them Classic reminiscent of the glorious age of arcades is a challenging task, and while nostalgia may forgive some flaws, it has its limitations. Arcade games were traditionally designed to become exponentially more difficult to inexorably bring the player to the screen Keep on? asking him for some more tokens to continue.
Seeing the end of the game was an end in itself, and in addition to getting a better score, there was almost no replay value. This legacy of arcade games, Tribute has simply sublimated it by including dodging strategies in the available maneuvers that elegantly complement more traditional controls. The way History allows you to explore the sixteen levels in a more relaxed way, allowing you to leave and return later, even to switch heroes in the middle, and start over at the level of your choice if you accidentally end up perishing the feat. For fans of the most ruthless arcade style of yesteryear, the Arch It still allows you to live the traditional experience without compromise.
It is therefore around these notable improvements that Tribute has been able to build an elegant, fluid and refined game. The visual aesthetics and musical direction recall Turtles over time, while meeting the strict visual standards of our time. We indulged in some follies in musical composition, ranging from classical video game music to very 80s hip-hop to slightly kitschy rock, to complete the narrative if necessary. The hidden references throughout the game will appeal to anime and comic fans alike. The action is fast and smooth yet smooth, delivering a satisfying and varied combat experience.
The icing on the cake is the ability to play simultaneously with 6 players. The game allows you to embody the four turtles, Chief Splinter and the intrepid April O’Neil.
Many fans have been asking to see other classic characters from the franchise be included on the starting line. According to what we can read about the release of the game, it is not in Tribute’s plans to offer additional content to be purchased as DLC. in any case, the turtle turtle which has been raging since June 16, perhaps it will change plans. Cowabunga!
TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge
Developer: Tribute Games
Publishers: Limited edition games, Dotemu, Gamera Games
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Linux (tested on Windows / Steam)
Game available in French (interface and subtitles)