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by Gary

In the past two years we have received three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games on the Nintendo 3DS. One based on the recent film and two based on the current ongoing TMNT animated series on Nickelodeon. The first game (based off of the cartoon) was not very good in my opinion. It served as a mostly brainless third person beat ‘em up adventure game. The second game (based off of the movie) improved on some of the problems of the first game and served as an exploration title with a touch of arcade gameplay to make it a brawler. After two disappointing games, I was worried when I heard that they were releasing a new game. Would they improve on the errors made in the first two games and actually give us a quality game? Based on the early reports that I had heard, I sure hoped so!

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles: Danger of the Ooze” is a side scrolling/adventure and exploration/beat ‘em up game. The game loosely connects the second and third seasons of the Nickelodeon series. In this game the Turtles must adventure through the city, sewers and Dimension X in an attempt to gather missing mutagen canisters and to stop Shredder, the Kraang, Rahzar, Tiger Claw and others from taking over the city!

This game is an open world environment and has a lot of nods to earlier games in the franchise. When your Turtles life bars are depleted, they are captured and are unavailable again until you find them elsewhere in the city which is a nod to the Gameboy games “Fall of the Foot Clan” and “Back from the Sewers” and the overall adventure style of the game reminds me of the first game for the Nintendo Entertainment System as well as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue” for the Gameboy. The controls are a little odd at first but I was quickly able to catch on and as I leveled up and gathered more items to use against the enemy the controls fit really well and became commonplace. This game is rather difficult though. Not knowing where you can re-locate your Turtles can be a little trying, especially if you lose all of them but one in a boss fight. If you are left with only one Turtle, you had better make sure that it’s one of the better fighters; otherwise you might wind up up getting killed a lot. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

I played this on the 3DS but it is also available for the Playstation 3 and XBOX 360. You do get the same game on 3DS but the main difference is that you don’t have achievements to unlock. It’s not a huge loss for me, considering I rarely unlock all of the achievements in games but for some it might be a deal breaker.

It’s nice to see the Turtles return to a side-scrolling set up and I hope that they continue to use this format for all future games! It’s a style that they can improve upon again and again and it works much better than anything else that they have tried in the past couple of years. If you’re a fan of the old games, I would recommend this game in a New York minute!