Hard to ignore the release, on June 16, of the highly anticipated Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge by Tribute Games. That an independent Quebec studio managed to obtain the mandate to produce an opus of the adventures of the famous turtles was already a feat in itself. But Tribute rose to the challenge with flying colors, and the highly anticipated game is already a commercial and critical success and is on its way to becoming a cult item.
Yet the road was strewn with pitfalls. Redo a beat’em up classic reminiscent of the glory era of arcades is a challenging task, and while nostalgia can forgive some flaws, it has its limits. Arcade games were traditionally designed to become exponentially more difficult to bring the player inexorably towards the screen Continue? asking him for a few more tokens to continue.
Seeing the end of the game was an end in itself, and besides getting a better score, there was hardly any replayability. This legacy of arcade games, Tribute has simply sublimated it by including dodge strategies in the available maneuvers that elegantly complement more traditional controls. The mode Story allows you to explore the sixteen levels in a more relaxed way, allowing you to leave and come back later, even change heroes halfway through, and start again at the level of your choice if by misfortune you come to perish at the task. For fans of the more unforgiving style of the arcades of yore, the Arcade still allows you to have the traditional experience without compromise.
It is therefore around these significant improvements that Tribute has been able to build an elegant, fluid and refined game. The visual aesthetic and the musical direction recall Turtles in Time, while meeting the severe visual standards of our time. We allowed ourselves a few follies in the musical composition, ranging from classic video game music to very 80s hip-hop to slightly kitsch rock, to complement the narrative thread if necessary. Hidden references throughout the game will appeal to anime and comic book fans alike. The action is fast and smooth yet smooth, providing a satisfying combat experience rich in variety.
The icing on the cake is the possibility of playing simultaneously with 6 players. The game allows you to embody the four turtles, Chief Splinter and the intrepid April O’Neil.
Many fans have been asking to see other classic characters from the franchise be included on the starting line. According to what we can read about the release of the game, it is not in the plans of Tribute to offer additional content to buy as DLC. However, the turtlemania which has been raging since June 16 will perhaps change plans. Cowabunga!
TMNT : Shredder’s Revenge
Developer: Tribute Games
Publishers: Limited Run Games, Dotemu, Gamera Games
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Linux (testé sur Windows / Steam)
Game available in French (interface and subtitles)