Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game review - Nintendo Entertainment System
What the Mean Machines staff thought
When you first play it, TMNT 2 looks pretty good: the graphics, sound and gameplay are all fairly true to the arcade game. But play it longer and two major weaknesses are exposed. Firstly, the game suffers from a low difficulty level and completing it takes very little practice, particularly for anyone who's played the arcade game at all. And secondly, there's not much in the way of variety. The beat 'em up action is fun at first, but since it hardly changes from level to level it all becomes rather predictable. The two-player action adds a bit more fun, but even that gets dull after a while. To be honest, unless you're a complete Turtles nut, you'd be better off buying a more challenging and varied beat 'em up like Ninja Gaiden or Kabuki.
Although it was simplistic and unoriginal, the Turtles game was quite a laugh in the arcades. Still, chucking a few quid into the coin-op and paying £40.00 for the cart are two different things. TMNT 2 isn't a bad game - the graphics are pretty good and the action is quite enjoyable, but even taking the new levels into account, there just isn't enough game for your money. The whole thing gets a little repetitive after a few sessions and it's not very difficult to beat either. It's a close enough conversion if you're a huge fan of the arcade machine, but most people would be better off putting the occasional twenty pence into the local arcade machine.
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cowboyscowboys - 03 May 2010, 23:54 GMT
Wow I think the score is way to low. This game did right what the first did wrong. What do I mean? they actually made a game that was right for their target audience little kids. What little kid had fun playing Turtles 1 none of them. Additionally the game was just plain fun with solid graphics for it's time. Replay value well I played this game so much as a kid but I can understand it could get stale for a lot of people. Anyways I would give this game an 80 minimum.