As far as most franchises go, the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have displayed some serious staying power. The
Turtles have seen countless iterations across all types of media, from comics to
several TV shows and movies, to video games. Now, as the characters celebrate
(shell-ebrate?) their 25th anniversary, Ubisoft is readying a brand new game for
the heroes in a half-shell, TMNT Smash Up.
The first straight up brawler from
the Turtles since TMNT Tournament Fighters hit the SNES over a decade ago, TMNT
Smash Up takes fast-paced action and intensity of games like Super Smash Bros.
and applies it to the unique universe of the characters. The game will feature a
bevy of popular characters from the franchise (the full gamut of characters has
yet to be announced as of this preview) and fun and frantic interactive
environments that will work great in a party setting.
The preview build that we played
only had a handful of the characters from the final roster, including all four
turtles (Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello), Splinter, Shredder,
and April O’Neill. However, each one played pretty solidly, with their own set
of moves and benefits, as well as disadvantages.
Whereas Super Smash Bros. doesn’t
have health meters and instead requires you to knock your opponents over the
edge or off the screen in order to win, each character in TMNT Smash Up has a
finite amount of health. However, there are several ways to get your opponent’s
health down that don’t involve beating the crap out of them, including several
environmental hazards in each stage. These can include crocodiles that jump up
and grab a player if their on the wrong ledge, or buildings to fall off of or
machines that generate electricity and knock your character out.
The game will also feature special
power-ups that your characters can collect as they randomly drop on the stage.
These let you shoot fire, electricity, or a variety of other special attacks
outside of your repertoire.
TMNT Smash Up is a fun title set
within the TMNT universe, offering fast four-player combat and easy to grasp
controls, supporting Wii Remote or nunchuck schemes. TMNT fanatics should keep
an eye out for this one.