TMNT IV: Turtles in Time – Definitive 50 SNES Game #17

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have made their share of video game appearances, and none have been finer than Turtles in Time.

This Konami beat ’em up was playable in arcades in 1991, and came to the Super Nintendo in 1992. A remake called Turtles in Time Re-Shelled was later released for X-Box Live Arcade and PlayStation Network.

Turtles in Time takes 17th place on the list of Definitive 50 SNES games.

Krang, using his giant exosuit, has stolen the Statue of Liberty. Worse yet, Shredder has commandeered the TV airwaves just to laugh at the TMNT. In their effort to correct these dark deeds, the Turtles must fight their way through the Foot-Clan infested streets of New York before heading to the Technodrome to confront Shredder. Not to be conquered so easily, Shredder sends the turtles hurtling through time. From there, it’s up to the Turtles to battle their arch nemesis’ throngs of henchmen throughout history.

In the main mode of the game (which can be conquered solo, or with a buddy cooperatively), players must choose which of the four uniquely abled Turtles to play as. Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines. Raphael is cool but crude. Michaelangelo is a party dude. Also, they vary in speed, reach, and strength.

Gameplay here is pretty standard. Players must battle through hordes of enemies using combinations of attacks, throws, and jumps. What really sets this title apart are the settings. The game begins on the rough streets of New York before branching out into prehistoric times, the distant future, the piratical high seas, and even the wild west.

Variable difficulty, time trials, and a versus mode all chip in to extend replay value. There are few games finer than Turtles in Time to power through side-by-side with a buddy.

Check back next week for entry 16 on the Definitive 50 SNES game.