TMNT 1989 Arcade (3 out of 5)
Let us take a trip back to 1989 for a moment. Tom Hanks was living it up as a boy-turned-man overnight, in the film, Big. The Detroit Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games to win the NBA finals, and need we forget, the Berlin Wall came down. All that was great, but we can all agree that for a kid, the biggest thing in their eyes were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Everybody had their favorite turtle, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello or Michelangelo, mine personally fell with Leonardo. They first hit the video game world in, what I think, was one of the most difficult video games for the original Nintendo system, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, there was also an arcade version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It easily surpassed the original Nintendo release. Returning to the current now, the Xbox Live Arcade has re-released this arcade version and it’s better than ever.
First and foremost, fans of the title will notice the ability to play co-op over Xbox Live. This means that you and four of your friends can team up and enjoy taking on the Foot Clan, Beebop and of course Shredder. The game is pretty much identical to when it was originally released, but this doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. The game was fairly difficult to take on by your lonesome, however, having all four turtles fighting their way to the end of each level really brings back the nostalgic feel of button mashing and playing it in the old arcades.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Arcade does get old after beating it a few times through. You are able to obtain various achievements, so those of you who are out for achievement points, can add this title to your arsenal. There’s nothing bad about this game. You will definitely get that feeling back of how much fun it was playing as the turtles. The addition of playing co-op with two to four players is a great addition, but the game still falls short. Your lives aren’t unlimited but it won’t take long to get through the entire game.
There is a standard arcade leaderboard so you can see how you match up against those you’ve played against, but again that’s about all of the extras you get. The price is a pretty good deal, at 400 Xbox Live points, and is much cheaper than full versions of other games on the Xbox Live Arcade. It’s hard to think of any bonus features that could’ve been thrown into this game to extend its’ life.
In the end, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1989 Arcade, is going to be a hit with those who loved the original one. The excitement may be short lived though. The only persistence in this game is to beat your high scores. Once you beat it a few times with friends, it will probably lose some of its shine. It’s a nice pickup if you have extra points around, but it is what it is, a direct port from the old arcade game. Not a bad thing, but you probably won’t be playing it too much a month after you beat it.
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