The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise was known for its fantastic arcade-style brawler games throughout the 80s and early 90s. However, as time passed and video games became more sophisticated, these simple 2D brawlers evolved into full 3D games that lacked the heart and soul of their predecessors.
But now, we have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, courtesy of Tribute Games and DotEmu. This classic arcade throwback is just as nostalgic as it is challenging. So, if you’re enjoying Shredder’s Revenge and need a helping hand, you’ll find some useful tips & tricks here to help you kick some shell!
Find Your Turtle
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge gives you access to all four brothers immediately upon starting the game. This is useful gameplay-wise since each turtle has their own unique style, attack reach, and abilities to add variation and replayability.
Your job as the player is to find which turtle works best for your personal gameplay style. This means that you’ll have to spend at least a little bit of time with each one to get a feel for how they play. If you want to skip all of that and go with an all-rounder, then Leonardo is your best bet.
Like many brawler games, Shredder’s Revenge has a useful taunt mechanic that refills your special move bar. This opens up some opportunities for stylish combos that mix taunts in for extra super moves.
However, you don’t need to have enemies around for taunts to have their desired effect. It is possible to refill your special move with a taunt even when you’re alone on the screen! So if you feel like the next section is going to be a big fight, you can restock and dive in ready for anything.
Avoid Spear Attacks
You’ll encounter many different enemy types during your time with Shredder’s Revenge, and one of them is a “long weapon”-type, like enemies with spears. The superior range of these weapons makes dealing with them a bit of a hassle.
Unless, of course, you know how to avoid those attacks. If you do the sliding dash attack into these enemies, you will slide under their weapon and deal damage to them, knocking them off their feet. It’s recommended you use this method to eliminate these enemies first before dealing with others in a group.
Utilize Super Armor
Something Shredder’s Revenge implements is a recognizable feature from many fighting games: super armor. This ability allows you to maintain your composure while charging up an attack, which means that you cannot be staggered or interrupted while doing so.
Super armor is helpful for wrapping up big combos, or when you know a big attack is coming that can’t be avoided. Oftentimes you’ll be able to tank that hit, finish charging, and retaliate with a powerful strike of your own. Think of all the times this would have been helpful in other games!
Know When to Stop
You’ll be getting into innumerable fights in this game, often with groups of 6 or more enemies. With so many opponents on screen at any given time, you might be confused as to how you’ll know to stop attacking an enemy. After all, there are so many just waiting for a beatdown.
Thankfully, the developers have built in a great visual to signal when to move on to the next opponent. When an enemy’s health has been fully depleted, their appearance will become many shades darker than it was before. This visual cue is pretty effective and feels natural during gameplay, but if you didn’t know why enemies do that, you might be a little confused.
Take Out the Trash
To clear up the battlefield in a jiffy, you can actually get rid of low-level enemies instantly. This is good to prevent becoming overwhelmed, or when you’re getting mobbed and just need some space to breathe so you can strategize better.
On the low-level, purple-clad ninjas, you can actually throw them without wearing down their health at all. All you need to do is walk up to them, hold the down button, and press the attack button. This will result in your turtle grabbing the ninja and throwing them directly into the camera, Super Smash Bros. style.
We hope the tips in this guide aid you on your quest to stop Shredder’s evil plots once more. It has been many years since gamers received a great TMNT game, but man, it still feels great to be a turtle.