Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an iconic media franchise with an unforgettable history that is still loved today. The series in particular has made many adaptations of the exciting platformers of the arcade era and Nintendo’s classic consoles, and I’m sure many gamers who grew up in that era felt the same way. In order to give old fans and newcomers interested in classic games a chance to get in touch, developer Digital Eclipse and publisher Konami officially released TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection at the end of last month.
The game itself offers a classic series bundle that not only simulates better quality, but also brings a quality of life feature that makes each game more comfortable to play in the current era. There’s certainly a bit of a nostalgic slant, as we’ve played several games in the series, so it’s also important to judge whether it’s still doable from the perspective of newcomers who may not be used to playing old-time games. recommended.
Explore the golden age
TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection itself contains 13 classic games from the arcade era to the Gameboy console. Here is the full list:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (Arcade)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Time Turtles (SNES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter (SNES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist (Genesis)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter (Genesis)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Arcade Game (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Manhattan Project (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighter (NES)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Gameboy)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewer (Gameboy)
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue (Gameboy)
While there are several games with similar titles, they offer vastly different content and have been tuned for the performance of each platform. The best example from the list above is TMNT: Tournament Fighters, and each edition brings a different roster of characters, levels and game modes for you to enjoy. It would take a long time to discuss each game in detail, but it’s clear that TMNT is a franchise with high-quality game adaptations of its time. Turtles in Time in particular has been hailed as one of the best fighting games of the Super Nintendo era, and it’s still fun to play again.
Some TMNT arcade games are also packaged in beat format, offering top-notch animation quality and 2D sprite graphics. The four-player co-op mode it offered was a major highlight in particular, as many players at the time could really experience the cool action-adventure of the comic book series. On top of that, there’s TMNT: Tournament Fighters, which as you can imagine is packaged into a creative fighting game format, but still pretty brutal in terms of difficulty levels. The game features stunning animation quality and sprites of the time, not to mention two main story modes that further enrich the single-player content section.
Quality improvements and sweet QoL features
Every game in his collection is well done. Each offers crisp and smooth graphics without any noticeable glitches or framerate issues. As with most of the coolest bundles, you also have the option to set a background display or filter if you want your game to have a retro feel. We purposely didn’t use the feature, but for those interested, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try, especially since it also gives a unique feel to playing in a live arcade. The best part is definitely that new/casual players enjoy the game’s quality of life features more. One of its features allows you to immediately repeat to the previous checkpoint.
The game also includes a “Watch Mode” that can be used in every game. This allows players to re-watch the course of a campaign they’ve already passed. By pressing a button, players can start the game from any point they want. Jump in and start the game from anywhere they want, so those frustrated by not being able to get past specific sections or bosses in each game can take advantage of its features.
The bundle also features several new modifiers that can be accessed on the main menu. Depending on the game you’re playing, its features can be very useful. For example, arcade games have “God Mode”, which can be said to make your character immune to various challenges. And some other games specifically for the NES platform just let you speed up the game. Most hardcore gamers probably don’t care about the various add-on options at all, but for some, it might actually be their ticket to being able to play more comfortably.
Fewer max multiplayer modes
Unfortunately, we couldn’t rate the lower-than-expected multiplayer in the same way. So, there are four games in this bundle that you can play online and even support network code rollbacks. The four games are TMNT: Arcade, Turtles In Time (Arcade), Hyperstone Heist and TMNT: Tournament Fighters (SNES).
With online mode, you will have two options to create your own lobby or join others. If you decide to join an available lobby, you will get information such as who is currently playing which role and what level they are at. TMNT and Turtles in Time have 4-player co-op, Hyerpstone Heist has 2-player co-op, and Tournament Fighters has the same versus PvP mode as most fighting games.
We really like how the online mode works, it’s so simple, but it would be better if there were additional game modes. But the main problem is the audio problem, which greatly affects the comfort of the game. Even if you’re just playing with another person, you can still feel the tingling, including an audio bug that didn’t go away the last time we played it.
As usual, game collectible packs like this also like to include a kind of large gallery with artwork and bonus promotional assets from each classic game. This also applies to the Cowabunga series, which in our opinion is more intentional. Starting with a nostalgic menu display, you can visit Turtle’s Lair, its gallery of nearly 4,000 concept art, key visuals, instruction manuals, magazine articles, biox art, music, and more. The experience of exploring this gallery is as if you were literally transported to a museum dedicated to the TMNT game series.
Each asset comes with a great menu navigation so it’s easy to search, including very smooth artwork resolution quality so we can manually take screenshots and then use as wallpapers. Aside from some old memories of the game, TMNT isn’t one of our favorite series, but it’s appreciated that they bring so much fan service through the great gallery on display at Turtle’s Lair HQ, it keeps us interested in exploring the game series History of the early 1980s.
When you see the effort to generate a classic game series from a collection pack like this, it always brings its own satisfaction. Digital Eclipse’s efforts with TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection are also to be applauded, as they seem to have executed an intensive process to be able to bring as much of the game’s legacy content as possible into Turtle’s Lair, while revamping every existing content game to make it more comfortable to play. While it has to be admitted that multiplayer is far from perfect, we certainly hope they keep that promise and bring the improvements players have been waiting for.
But if you’re someone who just wants to reminisce by playing alone, this is a collection worth checking out.price-based IDR 169,000 We also think the 13 game bundles are fairly affordable and include access to a very rich library of digital content.
TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection itself is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch and PC steam.
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TMNT: Cowabunga series
- All games run with the best quality and least technical issues
- Various new overhauls including modifications to QoL functionality
- Very Rich Fan Service “Turtle Nest” Gallery Features
- A multiplayer mode that still has a lot of issues
- Some modifier options feel less useful