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Turbo: Super Stunt Squad (Video Game Review)

DreamWorks' Summer film Turbo is a strange film in concept; attaching rockets to the shells of snails to make them exciting to watch in racing leagues is something you'll rarely find in any fictional work. Whether older gamers enjoyed the new film or not, it's likely there are plenty of young gamers that did enjoy the movie and would like to now play a game based on the film to hold them over until the Blu-ray and DVD release. Luckily, developer Vicious Cycle and D3 Publisher has created a game based on the film, and it's not half bad. There are two different versions of Turbo: Super Stunt Squad that include a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater inspired console release and a less than stellar arcade racer for Nintendo handhelds. The console release is the clear winner of the two, so we'll be primarily focusing on this version throughout this review.

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad features the same super-charged crew from the hit film: Turbo, Whiplash, Skidmark, Smoove Move and Burn. Players choose their character and set off to become the fastest snail around all while performing some really cool stunts. The console version of the game features the five different snails, each with unique traits such as faster top speeds or more powerful acceleration. Rather than going the traditional racing route and calling it a day, the console release offers up plenty of boosts, ramps, rails and jumps where players can perform tricks and try to land the highest scores possible under the time limit. There are many objectives included in each stage for the player to achieve, and there are also scattered letters to find around the levels that spell out the word Turbo. New stages will be unlocked in the game based on how the player performs in the match, and each location features a different area inspired by the film.

In addition to the content packed into each stage in the console version of Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, players can also unlock plenty of customization options for each character. There is a nail salon, autobody shop and plenty of unlockable items that allow the game's characters to enjoy increased performance in-game and look a lot different when compared to their film counterpart. Players can also compete in offline multiplayer matches for up to two players to see who can perform the best tricks and gain the highest score.

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is a decent looking game that features great character models, but some stages that feel a little less inspired. The game controls well, and speed boosts are located all around stages that allow players to get bonus air to perform tricks or even to access new areas of stages. There are even some good voice performances from stand-in actors here, and the game's soundtrack isn't too shabby either. Unfortunately, the game doesn't offer much support on Nintendo Wii U for the unique gamepad and is essentially the same game when using the nunchuck accessory.

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is a completely different game on Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. The game is very much a racing title in its handheld version, but it's also a much less polished game as well. Tricks are still a major part of the game, since performing tricks mid-air is the only way to gain important items to use in-game for speed boosts and other effects. Tricks are difficult to control and perform though and require players to use the directional pad during jumps before landing back on the ground, This can cause plenty unnecessary wrecks, and the rest of the game doesn't control much better, as players will continually and unavoidably crash into walls while opponents speed past. The game's graphics aren't nearly as polished in the handheld version either, and some of the track designs are abhorrent. If you want to pick up a copy of Turbo: Super Stunt Squad, make sure you choose the console version over this release if possible.

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is a fun game on consoles and a surprisingly fun game for gamers that have ever enjoyed the Tony Hawk game series. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is a good title to pick up and play with younger gamers, and it's deep enough to offer many hours of gameplay before growing stale. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad on home consoles is clearly a step above the arcade racing action featured in the handheld version of the game, but neither version is too terrible. Pick up a copy of Turbo: Super Stunt Squad for a fun family game night full of stunts, tricks and racing this weekend!

Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is now available from all major retailers and can be purchased for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & Nintendo Wii U for $39.99 and Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS & Nintendo DS for $29.99. Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is rated E by the ESRB for Comic Mischief. For more information on the game, check out the official Turbo: Super Stunt Squad website.

Game Features:
  • Offline Multiplayer 1-2
  • Locations Inspired by Turbo
  • 5 Unique Characters from the Summer Film
  • DLC Support
  • Trophy/Achievement Support

  • Game Information:
    Developer: Vicious Cycle Software Inc.
    Publisher: D3 Publisher
    Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U (reviewed), Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS & Nintendo DS
    Release Date: July 16, 2013

    Score: 7 out of 10

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