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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by BMan2
Game:TMNTCompany:Konami
Type:FightingPlayers:1-4

Well folks, I can honestly say there haven't been too many times where I've felt compelled to write a review of a game after playing it on it's emulator - but - this game and emulator deserve an honourable mention. The game: the classic Konami game of the late 80's - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - based on the cartoon and the ensuing phenomenon it created. The emulator: DTMNT - by Dave - now in version 0.54 and supporting the full sound ROMset dumped by NAZ.
So what's so great about TMNT? Based on a fairly childish cartoon sereis - that admittedly took the under 10 world by storm - one would think the game would be aimed fimrly in the same direction. However, TMNT has one key ingredient that the cartoon never did. Violence - and plenty of it. TMNT is a four player (yes four!) slugfest to the end with numerous levels of differing action to pound your way through. And is it hard? You bet you life it is. While you might be able to clear the first two stages without losing a bar of energy (I can!) - I'll guarantee as you get closer and closer to the finish - the four of you will be sweating of your joysticks trying to finish this baby - sucking in the coins all the way.
The graphics on TMNT are superb for the time they were created. Big, colourful and flowing - they are easy to see - and easy to use. Confusion can reign in four player mode - with four players fighting one boss in a confined space - it can be a little difficult to see who's where and what - after all - they are all green turtles at heart!
Sound is a standout on TMNT. The soundtrack is brash, loud and appropriate to the situation. Sound effects are thrown in everywhere throughout the game - whether it be the loud clanging of metal on metal, or the evil vioce of Shredder haunting your progress throughout the game. All these enhance the atmosphere of the game - and do the concept justice - or even moreso if you detested the cartoon.
However - the standout feature in TMNT (and was reaffirmed to me today) - was being able to gather FOUR players around this machine and to take on Shredder's hoards cooperatively. Strategies were worked out, and the sense of TEAM was overwhelmingly well done - even if you did have to draw straws to see who got Raphael :P
Overall, TMNT is what a game should be - fun - while being damn hard work at the same time. It captures the essence of the cartoon perfectly - and takes it a step further - making the game truly addictive for a variety of ages. Why not give it a whirl? DTMNT 0.54 now supports the full sound ROM set - and in the humble words of a #neogeo regular - it rox hard. :P Get it while it's fresh!
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Replay Value
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