Many times we are appalled by the quality of the movie to game adaptations that flood the marked today. Just watch most of the Harry Potter series and you will notice that the games were made in such a rush, that no one can find the fun that this game is supposed to convey. But it has not always been so. Back in the age of the SNES, we had a lot of fun games that were adapted from TV series and moving pictures: Aladdin, The Lion King, etc.
Now, as those who have read the blog a bit know, I love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I read the comics, I play the games whenever possible and even enjoy the series. I may be considered a fan, if it wasn’t for my lack of fanaticism when following a series. I watch whenever I can. Still, I can assert that I really love them.
Back when the SNES was all the rage, the TMNT had a handful of excellent adaptations. Today we will focus on only one of those: Turtles in Time. Adapted from the arcades, the game is an excellent beat ’em up, in which the turtles get banished by Shredder into different time periods to fight old and future mutations. I can remember the nights my fiends and I played this game for hours just to finish it.
It was an excellent port to the SNES. Even though the number of players was limited to two due to controller restrictions, the fun was nonetheless fantastic. The enemies were the same and the turtles were there in full force. The graphics were great and it felt like playing the actual cartoon of our time. Even the music was interesting. I definitely enjoyed the Shredder fight at the beginning, in which you had to throw the Foot Soldiers at him.
Another thing that had drawn my attention back then, although it was not new, was the use of voices to announce some levels and some things that happened during the game. Picking up a Pizza turned into a “Pizza time!” yell that felt really satisfying.
This game not only serves as a proof that good games can be made on TV series, but also that ports can be good… unlike the disaster Mortal Kombat turned int by just changing the color of blood to the color of sweat and eliminating the fatalities. Definitely worth a play through.
May they smile upon your way!