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TMNT 2 - November 2, 1999 by Dorsola
Game:TMNT 2Company:Konami
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/4

PIZZA POWER! Radical, dude! Cowabunga! (Okay, enough, Dors.) I'm sorry, I couldn't help it - I swore a long time ago that I wouldn't get into any marketing fads, but I thought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were RAD when I was a kid! Both of Konami's TMNT arcade games were quite good, though the second one, in my opinion, was MUCH better. Duly deserving of Dorsola's "Great Sequel" award.
Konami brings your favorite mutant reptiles back into action in this fast-paced action-adventure. Join Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo as they fight through swarms of robotic ninjas, cartoonish mechs, and a host of distinctive bad guys (who, naturally, are much bigger, stronger and meaner than you). The plot this time? It seems that one of the evil Shredder's henchmen has grown to monstrous proportions and, for reasons unbeknownst to everyone, has decided to steal the Statue of Liberty! April, fortunately, isn't the victim this time, so at least the Turtles aren't trying to save her - a plot device that's already been used way too many times.
Well, I basically just described the plot and the point of the game. I've probably given way too much away already, so I'll switch to the technical stuff. As before, you can choose your favorite turtle to play, and up to all four of you can play at once. (A little difficult in emulation unless you have multiple controllers). Game control is significantly improved over the first game, and the graphics and sound are both much better. They paid a lot of attention to detail in both the graphics and the sound - even giving the game a rockin' soundtrack that stays relatively out of the way while you play.
Sound effects are all very convincing and easy to stomach - with one notable exception: That's gotta be the lamest excuse for a "Boss Hit" that I have ever heard! (When you land a hit on a boss, it gives off an obviously non-hit sound - whacking the regular bad guys makes for a much more satisfying experience, IMHO.) They did, however, make up for this with a rather cute collection of voice samples for the turtles, including such bits as "Man! I just HAD a shower!" and "Ow! My toes! My toes!"
This is a pretty challenging game overall, though it's basically just the same "beat up everything that moves" type game, lending itself to a rather repetitive experience. At the time of this writing (11/1/99, MAME 0.36b8), emulation isn't quite done yet, either - many of the enemies tend to change color (or simply are the wrong color to begin with), and some of the squash-and-stretch effects presented in this game aren't handled correctly. This, and the fact that you need a fairly robust system to play this game at full speed, brings the performance rating down a bit.
But otherwise, this is definitely an awesome game! So hook up your favorite controller, sit down with a few slices of your favorite pizza, and get ready to blast through time! Turtle power!
Graphics
9
8
Sound
Play Control
9
7
Challenge
Replay Value
6
6
Performance

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