Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan (Video Game Review)

Activision has released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is a third-person, team-based action-brawler title developed by PlatinumGames. The game centers around the popular Nickelodeon heroes Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo.

Gamers have the option of venturing through the campaign alone or with up to four players online. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan features some of the well-known bosses from the TMNT universe that includes Shredder, General Krang, Karai, Bebop, Rocksteady, Armaggon, Wingnut and Slash.

The gameplay features a two-attack-button combat system allowing players to experiment with dodges, parries, and special Ninjutsu abilities. Gamers will have a small number of basic combos but a larger amount of special abilities that they can utilize in combination with that of their teammates. Every character has their own unique signature move that can give them an edge during gameplay. Ralph has a great stealth ability, Leo has the ability to slow time, Mikey can refresh the team's cooldowns and Donny can heal and revive. The HUD allows you to track the team's health and cooldowns during battle while the T-Glass helps you find where to go next.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan offers a very immersive gameplay experience with its wide array of mechanics allowing you to explore Manhattan like never before. The turtles have unique movements that allow them to quickly make their way around like spinning on poles, grinding rails, double jumping and even running along walls. As you explore, you can find hidden collectives and items to help you progress throughout each level.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan features single-player gameplay where you can swap between Turtles simultaneously or multiplayer where each player controls their own turtle. In order to be successful, players must coordinate with their team to perform better combos and cooldowns. To deploy a co-op attack, two players have to use the "combo attack" at the same time to deal more damage to enemies.



The game features a very fun minigame when your health is depleted where you head to the pizza room to recover in the event that your teammates don't revive you fast enough. However, if all of the turtles end up in the pizza room then the game is officially over. If you don't want to get game over then you have to learn to use the unique abilities of the turtles like Mikey's Cheerleader or Donnie's Pizza Power. You can also equip charms, lock onto your opponents and effectively coordinate moves with your teammates in order to prevent you from getting game over.

In the end, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan can become a tad bit repetitive and has a few technical issues that can hinder gameplay. However, if you are a diehard TMNT fan and looking for a fun beat-em up with your favorite turtles then you will want to check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan is out now for $49.99 on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam, as well as the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 for $39.99. It is rated T (Teen) by the ESRB. To learn more, visit the official Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.


Score: 6.5 out of 10
Reviewed for PS4
(review code provided by publisher)


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