You don’t get the show #26: Christmas in July


With all the sales on games, toys and electronics this summer we decide to celebrate Christmas in July by looking over the top Christmas toys from the 80’s to today. From Transformers to the BeyBlades, we reminisce about our favorite toys, watch some weird toy commercials and try to remember why some of these toys were popular.

TMNT 3: The Manhattan Project

TMNT 3 - The Manhattan Project - NES - Gameplay screenshot

TMNT 3: The Manhattan Project

Hello shell brains! This week we have a real treat for ya. The Turtles are back in their third entry through the nostalgic 8-bit world. TMNT 3: The Manhattan Project took the great beat ’em up concept of TMNT 2 and made it even better. With each turtle holding their own unique skill, bigger levels, better sound, and tougher bad guys this entry is surely to be remembered. Lets take a look!

TMNT 3 - The Manhattan Project - NES - Gameplay screenshot

The music is nothing but sensational! The game itself has an upbeat sound in each stage which helps you stay focused and joyful at the same time! The game itself has amazing sound and does a great job at it. There is even a voice recorded sound that you hear when you beat a stage. All the classic tunes are revamped and remixed for a fresh new look and probably the best turtle experience on the NES.

TMNT 3 - The Manhattan Project - NES - Gameplay screenshot

The game looks even better than its predecessor. The NES was already in their final years of existence so by then, games were pretty good looking. Every stage is vast and enjoyable. The bad guys look even more dangerous than before and the backgrounds look as enjoyable and makes you wish you were there! Totally exquisite sight for sore eyes.

TMNT 3 - The Manhattan Project - NES - Gameplay screenshot

The gameplay is even better than the one before. When you pick a turtle, they will have their own unique skill. You have to use their skills accordingly in order to get through the levels with ease. Of course, I do stick with Raphael’s special move for boss fights. You might wanna do the same :p Furthermore, the difficulty makes it a challenge but not so much of it to make you throw the controller across the room. Beating the hordes of Foot Soldiers has never felt so enjoyable though. Play with a friend for a true radical experience, that’s for sure!

TMNT 3 - The Manhattan Project - NES - Gameplay screenshot

When it comes to a turtles’ beat ’em up, you can’t go wrong with any of them. You can play through them over and over within a time period and never get bored. It’s always fun especially with a friend so the replay value on this game is completely high! I totally dig this ^_^
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So to conclude, there is nothing more to say except that it’s a must have for any video game fan. Of course, if you are collector, it’s a must have. Beat ’em up fanatics should also dig this one up. The list goes on and on! There is no going wrong with this game! Play it with a friend, alone, with your pet, whatever works. Just get dude! Have a cowabunga week ^_^’

TMNT 2

TMNT 2

I know I had to do this game eventually especially because of the differences it contains from the original. This game may be common as hell but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Just think of Super Mario Brothers when you think of some nice inexpensive fun. Anyways, if you are having trouble beating TMNT 2 for the NES then the Famicom pirate is the one for you. Not only do you get to start with extra lives 5-7 depending on the cart as there are various out there but you also have stronger turtles.

TMNT 2 Pirate Famicom

What I mean with stronger I mean that they have a strong flying kick that’ll destroy any foot soldier with just one hit so you’ll be able to defeat the foot soldiers and bosses with ease. The extra lives help a lot especially if you run into those annoying bad guys that just won’t stop coming at you. Some to mention are the robotic scorpions and the flying bug things. Those can really get to you especially if you time your attack wrong because you’ll keep flying off to the other side of the screen over and over. You can’t forget about the tigers that run at you although to be able to defeat them you’ll need to hit him and walk towards then hit the tiger again and again that way he won’t be able to get a chance to jump at you. Of course, you’ll run out of visible territory and will need to evade him to catch him on the other end. The game is filled with tactics you will need to think through before acting on them.

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There is also the super move that each turtle has. They are all the same and as effective so it doesn’t matter which turtle you use, you’ll be alright with either one. There is an added movement that will work on the pirate which helps you hit both ways with the super move. it’s quite easy to do if you are quick with the d-pad. All you have to do is perform the super move and then as you are doing the move you’ll need to tap the d-pad to the other side of where your turtle is facing resulting in the double super move! Things like this makes you wonder if pirates really intended to leave this bug in there or if they were too lazy to take it out but I think I’ll go with the first one as the game was hacked to aide you into finishing it without cursing and throwing the controller out the window.

TMNT 2 pirate Famicom 2

Overall, many players from past and present have already played through this one probably more than once but it’s always nice to come back for more so this game will help you out with it especially if you are past your prime(like me) And just want to enjoy the great beat em up style gameplay that was king in the late 80s early 90s. Sadly, I can’t seem to find this game in rom format so no rom until further notice. Thank you for reading and I’ll cya next week! Cowabunga!

TMNT IV: Turtles in Time

TMNT Turtles in Time

This was the first ever SNES title I ever got with the good old console and what an awesome ordeal! The game is just amazing and prove how close consoles were getting to the arcade machines we praised so much in the early 90s. The only thing the game is missing is the four player feature which would have made it a perfection of all perfection for the SNES. Anyhow, this game gave me endless hours of fun. I can play it over and over without getting bored.

TMNT Turtles in Time
Konami made sure you played their games to the death. The only way to see the real ending is to beat this game in hard, you have no other choice. Unlike today’s games, this was what gaming was all about. The game is full of amazing gameplay and great animation. This game started to show what the SNES could do and what the Genesis couldn’t do. Speaking of the Genesis, the game completely changed with another story but similar gameplay. The game was fun as well but in my personal opinion, the SNES rules on top.

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What else to say about this gem? the game has some interesting options like changing the turtles colors from the cartoon to something called comic. Each turtle has their own strengths and weaknesses. Picking up this game will cost you at least 20 dollars loose but if you are as lucky as me, you will find a CIB copy for 2 bucks. Har har har! Until next time!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles - Title Screen

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1989)
By: Konami Genre: Fighting Players: 1-4 Difficulty: Medium
Featured Version: Arcade
Also Available For: NES, PC, Amiga, Atari ST, C64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum
Download For: Xbox 360 Live Arcade

I was in my early teens around the time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles phenomenon hit the world and it confused me. Ninjas are cool, sure, everyone knows that. But ninja turtles? I thought they were stupid. Turtles can’t even hold any weapons, they have flippers! I couldn’t stand how popular they were. Even my best mate, Luke, liked them! Oh well, they were engrained into popular culture, there was nothing I could do about it. Of course, various games based on their exploits followed. Some were good, others weren’t. As I remember it, the most popular one was the arcade offering from Konami, but it wasn’t until a recent Luke visit that I actually played this game for the first time ever. Did it suck as much as the stupid characters it was based on, or was it actually half decent?

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles - Gameplay Screenshot

The story is pretty much the same as every other scrolling fighter – someone gets kidnapped, you (and possibly a friend) have to rescue them. In this case, villianous master ninja, Shredder, leader of the nefarious Foot Clan… umm… clan, has kidnapped buxom news reporter and friend to the Turtles, April. Just for good measure they then also kidnap the Turtles rat sensei, Splinter. It’s then up to you to battle through the Foot Clan’s ranks and rescue April and Splinter before they do questionable things to them. First step: choose a turtle to play as. Their leader, Leonardo, is armed with two Katana swords, Michelangelo uses nunchaku’s, Donatello is equipped with a bo staff, and Raphael makes use of a pair of sai’s. Each of the Turtles has slightly differing attributes such as speed, reach of weapon, etc.

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles - Gameplay Screenshot

The Foot Clan themselves comprise a majority of the Turtles’ enemies through the game. They all look the same aside from the colour of their hoods and trousers, with the colour denoting their method of attack. Some of them carry big hammers, some of them throw dynamite, some can grab you from behind, others just punch and kick. They are joined on the odd occasion by robots. Having never really watched the TMNT show, I can’t really say if robots featured in it, but there’s a few of them here and they’re generally a mere nuisance rather than being formidable opponents, although some of them do possess the ability to hit you with an electric whip! The various bosses are taken from the show however, and include Bebop and Rocksteady (an agressive pig and rhino respectively), Dr Baxter Stockman (a mad scientist type), Lieutenant Granitor, General Traag, Krang (a small alien with a bumbling humanoid suit), and Shredder himself.

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles - Gameplay Screenshot

There are five stages, or scenes, to battle through here, covering such ground as an office block, city streets, sewers, and of course the Technodrome itself (the base of Krang and Shredder). Some of the stages are also split into several sections each too, and the Turtles even face a fast-scrolling section on skateboards at one point, taking on similarly equipped Foot Clan hoodlums and even missile-launching helicoptor gunships! There’s a pretty nice variety between the stages, graphically speaking, and there’s some decent static cut scenes between stages too. As mentioned earlier, a large percentage of the enemy sprites look the same except for differences in colour, and the animation on all sprites is fairly unremarkable, but it’s certainly not a horrible game to look at by any means. As far as the audio is concerned, I personally found it pretty annoying, what with the Turtles theme tune featuring prominently in different forms and various catchphrases from the show, but I’m sure it would be appreciated by fans.

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles - Gameplay Screenshot

The only problem this game has really is one that is so common within the genre – a lack of offensive moves. There is just an attack and jump button here which kind of limits how many manoeuvres you can perform, although you can press them both together for a (pretty unspectacular) special move. As mentioned though, there’s not many scrolling fighters that do have a sizeable roster of moves so it’s not too much of a problem, and the game does have an ace up its sleeve though – simultaneous four-player action! I guess it would be weird to create a games based on a team of four and not allow them to fight together, so kudos to Konami for incorporating it. I haven’t personally played the game in four-player mode but I can imagine, whilst being a bit chaotic and cluttered, it’s probably a truckload of fun too.

Teenage Muntant Ninja Turtles - Gameplay Screenshot

So, given my dislike of the subject matter, it’s a little annoying to find that this is a pretty decent quality scrolling fighter, and that in itself makes it a precious commodity, especially when you take into account the four-player mayhem it offers! It has its faults, and I’m sure fans will enjoy it more than I did, but it’s a solidly playable effort – entertaining in short bursts for a solo player, great fun with multiple players.

RKS Score: 7/10

Cracked Games: Soul Blade

Soul Blade - Title ScreenCracked Games: Soul Blade

Fighters are usually good games but when it comes to pirate fighters, that’s a different story. Soul Blade for the SNES does not make any justice for the real deal. It was a nice attempt while it lasted but that’s about everything it is accounted for. The game is a clone of the Tekken game but at this point it could have been the other way around. You have the fighters and lame music so you know you are playing something very crappy and unless you are blind and willing to do whatever you feel like with the controller, you are in for a nasty ride.

Soul Blade - Gameplay Screenshot 1

The game is quite difficult to control. You are trying to pull a move when the opponent keeps on hitting you over and over without any chance of a counter attack. The only moment you are able to counter is when your life is almost non-existent and you are on the floor. Even then the opponent will jump on you and finish you off. Most of the time you have to jump back and get away from your crazy opponent as you are not able to try anything without any distance. There are combos to pull but they are just very difficult. I only suggest you play through this game if you are a hardcore Soul Blade fan.

Soul Blade - Gameplay Screenshot 2

The game delivers very little satisfaction and more frustration than even the Tekken title. I don’t want to keep on bashing on this game but there are just things that should be fixed before releasing any kind of game. These games are just too difficult for its own good and this is coming from a fellow who can play through TMNT for the NES with no problems. If you are willing to take the challenge, I dare you!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - NES Box

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

There is not much to tell that many people have already mentioned before. This game is a lot of fun with a second buddy and a real challenge as well. Too bad this game wasn’t made for four players but it’s understandable because the NES hardware would go nuts if there were four turtles in the screen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 - NES Gameplay Screenshot

Moving along, this game is a lot of fun either way especially for TMNT fans. You get to fight your old buddies from the cartoon series like Bebop, Baxter, and some polar bear that froze New York City……yeah all of them! The game does get a little boring after killing off over five hundred foot soldiers but the atmosphere and the attempt to make the game feel like the arcade game(which rocks) keeps it interesting.

To finish things off, this game is a must pick up for any fan of beat em ups since it really contains a lot of it! I recommend picking it up but please don’t spend too much money on it as it is a highly common game. Also, be sure to check out the sequels and the first part as well.

Did you know? The pirate Famicom cart of this game starts you up with five lives rather than three? Really helpful if you are just starting up!

Sean McNamara: Crave Entertainment

Crave Entertainment logo

Name: Sean McNamara

Title: Game Designer

Company: Crave Entertainment

Favorite Classic Game: TMNT: Turtles in Time

Quote: I’ve always loved the ninja turtles and with the time travel theme and tossing the bad guys at the screen effect was just too cool.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade machine
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade machine

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game

It’s the summer of 1989 and if you are an old fart like me you were totally into the TMNT cartoon that began airing a few years earlier. One day I stepped into my favorite arcade and there in the premiere section was the awesome full-sized, four-player game. I remember the first thing I heard was the theme song straight from the cartoon in perfect stereo sound.

Even if you aren’t in your thirties like me chances are you saw the TMNT game in your local arcade because it had a long and successful run. There were two versions, the four-player one and the two-player version. With both you could pick from the four famous turtles, but with the four-player one you could play as the full team.

TMNT was the epitome of beat-em-up games, your goal was simple, beat the Shredder and Krang and take out the Tecnodrome. However, the game starts out with April, the yellow jump suited lady friend of the team being kidnapped and you having to save her.

TMNT arcade screenshot
TMNT arcade screenshot

You start off in a burning building fighting foot soldiers which came in a variety of colors and flavors spouting all types of different weapons from guns, to swords to sonic fans. The idea was to overwhelm you as the foot would try to flank and surround you to attack from all sides.

One of the cool things about the game was you could use the environment to your advantage. You could hit street signs and coin meters to send them flying at the foot. There were also cans that if hit wouldsmoke and then explode. You could also throw some bad guys again the wall where they would smack into it and slowly slide down. The bad news was all this could be done to you as well.

TMNT arcade game box
TMNT arcade game box

In the game you had the choice the four turtles which each had their own unique traits. Donatello had a long range but a slower attack, Raphael and Michelangelo were very fast, but had a short reach and the leader Leonardo was pretty balanced between speed and range.

As for controls it was pretty easy which was good because this was a button mashing boot-camp of a game. You had only two buttons jump and attack, but you could press jump and attack together to do a special move be it a jumping swing attack or like with Raphael a rolling attack. You could also throw the foot over head and if attacking a foot in front of you and another snuck up from behind you could pull of a quick back attack to send them flying.

Back to level one, after making your way through the building and avoiding things like the falling bolder down the stairs and those awful robots, you find April cowering in a room sounded by the foot. After taking out the foot a drill capsule comes up from the ground and Rocksteady, the mutant rhino, attacks. He isn’t too hard to beat with his machine gun and slow kicks, but after you do the Shredder appears to steal April away from you once again.

You continue on into the streets fighting more foot and come across the only way besides beating the level to replenish your health, pizza. Soon after your snack you face Bebop, the mutant warthog which I always found harder with his sonic pulse gun and charge attack. I also found myself falling in the sewer which by the way took a bar of health.

With Bebop down you move to the sewers, but this familiar territory is filled with more foot and biting robots provided by Baxter Stockman who you fight as the levels boss. Then it’s back topside for another street level and then the rematch where you fight Bebop and Rocksteady together. This fight can be tough, but you if you keep your distance and use quick attacks it’s not too bad. Also you can separate them and when you both charge you jump and watch them crash into each other.

With April safe it’s time for revenge which takes you toward the Tecnodrome. On the way you fight a horde of foot soldiers and rocket across the streets in a jet powered skateboard before the turtle van cashes and you find your master, Splinter being carried away.

To get Splinter back you face one of the cheapest bosses in the game, at least in my opinion. The first stone warrior you come across can easily cost you several rolls of quarters. Not only can he trap you in the corner and repeatedly knock you down, but he also can turn your face to toast with his flamethrower. Did I also mention he has a ton of hit points? After you finally lay the smack-down on him you rescue splinter and then it’s off to kick some Tecnodrome ass.

As expected the Tencodrome is packed full with foot soldiers and tons of traps like lasers, freeze rays, robots oh and another cheap stone warrior. However, this stone warrior isn’t half as bad and even though he is sporting a rocket launches he is easily defeatable. Now it’s just you and the two final bosses.

Khang the pink brain of the team comes out from behind an energy screen in his makeshift body firing lasers from its eyes and kicking you if you get close. Stick and move is the key to this fight and soon his robot body will be scrap, but as Khang exclaims while he flies away; “I’m invincible!”

Finally its Shredder time! Shredder is a master swordsman so his sword attacks are fast and deadly. He also has powerful kicked that can send you flying out of your shell. To add to this he can also split into two creating a clone of himself that is just as powerful. Finally he has his mutant ray that can turn you back into a normal turtle effectively one shotting you.

I’ve found the key is to keep them together and take em both out. Soon both their helmets come off and the fight is over. The Tecnodrome is destroyed and you are left to wonder if you will see Krang and the Shredder again, the answer is yes.

TMNT is one of those arcade games that is still fun to play today. It was released for many consoles including the NES though for the NES it was called TMNT 2 because the first TMNT game was god awful and I will not speak on it. If you want to know about it check out this video from the Angry Video Game Nerd.

If you are felling nostalgic you can get TMNT the arcade came on X-box live. Trust me, if you haven’t played this game you need to. TMNT is truly a classic; it had everything a gamer could want. Pure fun, pure excitement, pure turtle power!