Gaming Review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

Turtles in Time was the second arcade game released and third game after the NES adaption of the first Ninja Turtles arcade game. Just like its prequel it too was released by Konami in 1991, and released under the name Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles: Turtles in Time for Europe. It got ported over to the Super Nintendo in 1992 as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. Sega got a version in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Hyperstone Heist for its Mega Drive. In  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare you could unlock it ingame. On the 5th of August 2009,  Ubisoft came out with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, a 3-D redesign of the arcade game. Xbox user could download the game through Xbox Live Arcade.


The arcade was two and four-player compatible. In the two-player version you get to choose what turtle you want to control. In four player mode the CPU chooses the turtle you control by going from the far left player to the far right side controls. The person on the left controls Leonardo, next is Michelangelo, then Donatello, and the player on the far right controls Raphael. Just like its predecessor the turtles have their own particular set of skills and weaknesses. Players are now able to perform a power attack by hitting an enemy a over and over again. You are able to slam Foot Soldiers into nearby foes. The controls are identical to the old game with a joystick, jump button, and a attack button. Throughout the game you control the Turtles making the way through the different levels starting in the NYC streets and guiding them through each level until you meet up with Shredder in the end.

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Arcade Enemies


At the beginning of the game a cut-scene plays out. Channel 6 news reporter  April O’Neil is reporting from Liberty Island, when Krang flies in using a giant exosuit and steals the Statue of Liberty. Shredder hijacks the airwaves taunting the Turtles. As one of the  Turtle’s you start out in New York City chasing after the Foot toward the sewers. Shredder sends them through a time warp. In order to return home the Turtles must defeat Shredder’s Foot Clan in the past and future. At the end you go up against Shredder who falls to his death when defeating him. The Statue of the Liberty is returned to its original location.

The Last Battle against Shredder

Super Nintendo Version

The SNES version was released as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time in North America and Australia. In Europe it was marketed as Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles IV: Turtles in Time. The Super Famicom kept  the original unnumbered title. Super Nintendo version misses animations and graphics effects that were present in the the arcade version but makes up for it in the “Neon Night-Riders” level where it shows off the  Mode 7 scrolling effect. The song “Pizza Power” was replaced with the cartoon theme instrumental. Original arcade game was set to be released in 1991, while the SNES version debuted in 1992. A New Technodrome stage was added and five new bosses including: Slash , the Rat King, Battletank Shredder, and Bebop and Rocksteady. Super Shredder replaces the final boss with  from the arcade version of the game. Two regular enemies are: Roadkill Rodneys and Mousers. What special about the SNES version is that there’s a new time-trial mode and a 2v2 versus fight mode were added that weren’t in the original.

Retro Nintendo Reviews

TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare

While playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare the Turtles in Time arcade game can be unlocked after passing the first set of missions. The game is emulated from the four-player version. There is no score tracker and there’s a different soundtrack. Voices are also not the same as the arcade, although; just like the arcade version, the characters are assigned by the CPU by controller. Donatello and Raphael are unplayable in the PS2 version without a multitap. The new soundtrack is a rearranged version of the Nintendo DS version of Mutant Nightmare.

TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare

Turtle in Time Remake

On August 5, 2009, Ubisoft came out with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled, a 3-D reboot of the original arcade game. During this time Xbox users could now download the game through the Xbox Live Arcade. Sony console users finally got their version through the PlayStation Network on September 10, 2009. The voices however, were done by the cast of the 2003 cartoon series. Re-Shelled made to emulate the original arcade version. Players could now attack in eight directions and up to four players can play together online. This remake of the classic arcade features a brand new Survival mode, Quick Play mode, various difficulties as well as Achievements/Trophy.

TMNT: Turtles in Time Reshelled

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