Designed by Montreal’s excellent independent studio Tribute Games, this game takes me back 25 years!
Developed by Tribute Games and published by Dotemu, the pixel art fighting game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge arrived on June 16th on our consoles and on PC and I must admit that when I write these lines my eyes still shine with happiness !
Tribute Games delivered even more merchandise than requested
First thing to mention about the game: its graphics. The graphics on this are not spectacular on the screen. The game makes us feel like we are in front of an arcade machine à la Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time in the 90’s. That said, the most important part to remember, especially in a beat them all, that’s how damn good the controls are! Whether you play alone or until you are on the screen at the same time, everything you do will be done with the utmost fluency and quarter-turn responsiveness! Surely, on this point, our Konami friends can get dressed, because they have just been overshadowed and beaten to the hilt by a small studio!
Nervous but not complex gameplay
Each character has their own identity and fighting style, of course, but the game doesn’t require infinite button combinations, allowing any player, novice or seasoned veteran, to do so. to perform combos and fly through the air the members of the Savate clan or the mechanical creatures you face.
Honestly, the simplicity of gameplay in TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is probably what people will like the most. This is one of the biggest hits of the game and anyone can invite themselves to join your game at any time, without having any prior knowledge.
An elaborate visual despite everything, combined with a pleasant soundtrack
Pixel art is still on top these days and unfortunately some people don’t know how to mix it all up. On the Tribute Games side, it’s always exquisite and expertly crafted. So much so that even the images of enemies making turns, playing with their Game Boy, stealing car engines and the like give life to rich and detailed scenarios as they explode with color. Indeed, they bring beautiful visuals combined with wacky situations and variety and not just enemies who come from side to side with no real impression of intelligence, whatever that is.
Add to that the highlight of the game: the aesthetics. Directly inspired by the TV series of the 80s and the mix of old Konami arcade games, the game faithfully follows the style and also brings great nods to the masterpieces of the past. It all fits together beautifully well and it almost feels like it was extraordinarily simple. The result is equally surprising, at the same time, since from the beginning of the game’s cutscene, you systematically fall back into childhood.
It goes without saying that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge was highly anticipated and left me exceptionally good impressions and met all my expectations and more.
Shredder’s Revenge already lives up to the classic arcade game, so it remains to be seen whether the community will respond to the turtles’ call and enjoy all that Tribute Games and Dotemu have to offer. For me, this game is my “Game of the Year” in the indie games category.
A huge “THANK YOU” to Tribute Games for the copy of the game!
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