Shredder’s Revenge, nostalgia ninjatortur?

Turtles in the time 2.0

From the first pictures of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge released to the public, there was no room for doubt: the app was supposed to be a travel machine in real time. The very concept of the app could not be simpler: create a successor to the extraordinary TMNT IV: Turtles in Time by Konami, released in arcades and on the Super NES in 1992. And this even ignores the whole story of the license between this golden era made of large pixels and the modern era of HD smoothing doped with ray-tracing at all.

Behind the project, the French from Dotemu officially crowned kings of the enjoyable nostalgic revival of their state after the releases of Windjammers 2 and of SOR4, and Quebecers of Tribute Games, a studio founded by former Ubisoft employees who worked on the excellent beat’em up with excellent pixel art aesthetics Scott Pilgrim VS. World: The game. With such parents, the promise of a title with a chiade design and effective gameplay was almost self-evident.

HAVEsnatch clothes the Hulk way

Not surprisingly, after a few minutes of play, Dotemu and Tributes baby really makes you want to shout “Cowabunga!” in front of the world. artistic, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is an undeniable success. The software shines with a thousand lights thanks to its artistic direction very strongly inspired by the animated series Ninja Turtles from 1987. TMNTSR is a delight to the eye: its pixel graphics are a one-way journey to the 90s, the colors explode in players’ faces, the animation is rich and detailed, and each level abounds with micro details.

Everything has been cut to flatter the oldest players and fans of the license TMNT : the history state card repeats TMNT from 1989 on NES, almost the entire cast of the TV series is there, including seven playable characters (Leo, Mikey, Don, Raph, Splinter, April and Casey Jones). TMNTSR allows himself a few nods to comics and offers a masterful 16-bit typed soundtrack by Tee Lopes (sonic mania), including a credit performed by Mike Patton, and an unreleased song by Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

The result of this cocktail: an excellent game, incredibly fresh, with impeccable gameplay anddelicious regressive atmosphere. Pure happiness for the fans.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: PicturesRback to 1989 on the NES

lost illusions

TMNT Shredder’s Revenge is an ode to retrogaming, to the tradition of the arcade, smoky rooms that smelled of beer and cold tobacco, who spend their time nuzzling the ribs of players in full syndrome Stranger Things : “Have you seen how cool the 90s are?”. But past the wonder of the first game sessions, and once the story and arcade modes are complete (alone or up to six at a time), gradually unfold an unpleasant feeling of bitterness and an aftertaste of too little.

Although the story mode was smart enough to inject some light-hearted RPG elements, with a points system to be acquired to unlock more hit points, more Ninja points (useful for special moves) or gather extra lives, Arcade- the mode remained in the purest tradition of 90s arcade games: a few lives, few “continues” and levels to chain until you end up defeating Shredder. And that will be all before the curtain falls.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: Pictures“II’m running away with the content! “

TMNTSR sins of his own free will to remain a nostalgic candy, and above all a pure arcade product. In less than 5 hours, the complete adventure (Arcade and Story) is completed. The story mode deserved more scale and ambition, as the RPG aspect was totally underdeveloped. Tribute Games software suffersa severe lack of content. Its two sparse game modes are not enough to bring the satisfaction expected of a beat’em up released in 2022, even though it is an indie game.

No versus mode on the horizon, not even a training mode, no time attack, no survival … TMNTSR is satisfied with the absolute minimum, also in terms of game design, for anchored in the 90s.The developers seem to have chosen accessibility to the detriment of the game depth.The rare new gameplay features ift. Turtles in time consist of a ninja superpower bar and the presence of a dodge. Lean additions that can not be hoisted Shredder’s Revenge at the height of the master Streets of Rage 4.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: PicturesFight to become a master of the arcade

The weight of inheritance

The comparison with Streets of Rage 4 was inevitable and hurts Shredder’s Revenge. Two beat’em ups produced by DotEmu, the first is made by the Dotemu studio itself, the second by Tribute Games. SOR4 flooded with content with its ton of characters to unlock, and deep gameplay that borrowed a lot from the battle scene, guaranteeing hours of fun. TMNTSR pales in comparison to this. Moreover, it is in the philosophy of the game and in the very approach to the notion of revival that there is a gap between SOR4 and TMNTSR.

Streets of Rage 4 intended to offer a successor to Streets of Rage 3presentation of the license OR in the 21st century. Dotemu had taken a huge risk to do this: the characters were aging, Mr. X was dead and leaving room for his children, two new heroes had stolen the limelight from the old ones … The studio drew a line under the past, without being free from its history, to allow it to evolve. SOR4 had managed to extract the almost punkish essence of the saga to place it in a case of modernity carved into a finely chiseled gameplay.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: PicturesTo more is immediately better

Vise versa TMNTSR is too wise and respectful of Turtles in time. The Tribute Games studio seems to have contented itself with wanting to excite the players’ nostalgic fiber without ever taking the risk of offending them. The result is a title that has failed (or would not) cut the umbilical cord that connects it to its famous model, blamed on an overly nostalgic desire that has become a quasi-obsession that limits the possibilities for game development.

In reality, TMNTSR is not the successor, however a disguised remake of Turtles in time. By anchoring too much in the tribute stone, by taking the same enemies, the same levels, the same bosses elevated to pixel art, Tribute has stuck TMNTSR in an almost permanent impression of deja vu for those who have already had the opportunity to lay their hands on Turtles in time. Between tribute and re-recording that does not admit itself as such, the line is fine, and Shredder’s Revenge seems to be lost there.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: Pictureslike déja vu

Faced with a new guard of 2D beat’em up with nuggets such as SOR4, Young Souls (from Studio 1P2P, also produced by Dotemu) or River City girlsand the revival of the 3D genre with Sifuhard to recommend Shredder’s Revenge to the general public. It will satisfy fans of 2D beat’em up thanks to its fresh, fun and straightforward character, but is far too easy to claim its place in the genre’s pantheon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge will be available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch from June 16, 2022. This test was performed using a Steam version provided by the publisher.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge: Pictures

Leave a Comment