As an 80’s kids, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been part of my life since I can remember. One of my earliest gaming memories is my oldest brother pushing me in a shopping cart to the local Wal-Mart down the road that had the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade game. I hadn’t stopped talking about it since playing it during previous visit to the store’s front lobby ‘arcade’.

So when it was announced that Tribute Games and DotEmu were working on a psuedosequel to that game, I decided then The Brah absolutely had to play it, no matter what obstacles Shredder was going to throw my way. Great news, Turtles’ fans, this beat’em up injected with modern gameplay features deliever one SHELLtastic game.

Shredder’s Revenge gameplay is classic beat’em up action, as you’ll defeat waves of enemies on land, in the sewers, and in the area. As is most beat’em ups, the game’s length is short but the team at Tribute did a great job with adding replayability to the game. Each level has a list of challenges to keep an eye on from beating the stage while receiving NO damage to finding all the collectibles in each stage. While some of the challenges can be difficult (take no damage in a beat’em up? Whaa??), I did enjoy having them present, adding a fresh layer to gameplay.

As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, Collectibles also add to the replayability in tbe game, as you come across human and non-human side-characters in the game who have lost personal items that will appear hidden across various levels. Journals. Video tapes. Newspaper. Bugs. Whatever it might be, make sure if you plan on getting the platinum for Shredder’s Revenge that you destroy all the objects in the background, Brah.

Leveling up your characters also adds another layer to gameplay. As you spend more time with your favorite hero, you’ll level-up, gaining new abilities to kick more Foot butt with. But be careful, if you ignore the other turles/heroes and play with your friends and/or online, you could be the weakest link. It does help add length to the game if you want to max out all 7 characters though.

Plus each character is unique. While Leo might be the best starter character, as all his attributes are straight down the middle. Maybe Michaelangelo might be more you style? Quick, damaging hits with a shorter range of attack though, meaning you’ll take more damage if you get surrounded. Thankfully you’ll have your special attack to use, which like always consumes your health points, so use it only when you have to. You also slowly build up an ultimate attack which unleashes a powerful wave of awesomeness, taking out everyone around you.

Online and couch co-op are a blast. With up to four characters in person or up to SIX online, the screen becomes a chaotic scene of Foot smashin’ good times, with martial arts and legendary weapons slicing and dicing the enemies to pieces. Shredder’s Revenge is a great time all on your own yet truly shines when you get your pals to join in on the fun.

While the storyline for Shredder’s Revenge doesn’t deviate from the norm (We gotta stop Shredder’s evil master plan!), it isn’t like I was expecting some kind of grandiose storytelling here. One great part about the story is that it pulls heroes and villains from across the vast TMNT universe, which I won’t spoil here, but if you’ve been a fan since the early days you’ll definitely enjoy the nostalgic rush from these classic characters.

When it all comes down to it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a must-play for any fans of the four brothers with radtitudes. Single-player, couch co-op, or up to 6-player online adventures, this game has it all as it oozes that TMNT charm that has helped keep it a pop culture phenomenon from one generation to another.

Throwbacks to classic characters. A kickass soundtrack. Awesome pixel art. Great gameplay. All wrapped into one affordable package. I doubt even Shredder’s hatred for the turtles could keep him from playing this game during his downtime. I recommend this game to any fan of the series who has ever yelled ‘Cowabunga’ before devouring a slice of hot pizza, Brah.