Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Arcade Attack review

  • Amusing dialogue
  • All your favorite turtles
  • Technically won't cause brain damage
  • Crudely animated turtles
  • Tediously repetitive levels
  • Awkwardly stiff combat

As we stare down the barrel of a fresh new year, our thoughts turn to games. In this most futuristic year of 2010, technology will surely bless us with unparalleled experiences. Well, here’s hoping it does, because 2009 went out on a low with this cack-fest.

Arcade Attack is a fighting game so tedious that we suffered a total neural shutdown about five minutes in. We managed to stay awake through the risibly scripted opening ‘cutscene’ only because its ‘fan fiction written by an eight-year-old’ dialogue amused us greatly. But then the action (pfft!) began and our brains went into standby mode. Playing as one of the four crudely animated Turtles, with the CPU (or an unfortunate friend) ‘being’ another, you pummel identi-goons in a range of locations. There’s no fluidity to the combat or movement, no variety, no demand for skill or tactics. You just mash the buttons and move on. Dire.

Jan 13, 2009

More Info

Release date: Nov 10 2009 - DS (US)
Nov 27 2009 - DS (UK)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Action
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: Ubisoft Nagoya
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • CreeplyTuna - January 14, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    if games like this dont stop being made, the world will end in 2012
  • willyfoureyes - January 16, 2010 10:26 p.m.

    (sigh) Come on, Ubisoft. Quit half-assing the TMNT license. Any more like this, and you might as well give it back to Konami.
  • Metroidhunter32 - January 17, 2010 7:23 p.m.

    TMNT died with the second movie. There has been little to nothing decent since.

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