Flashback Fridays: Turtles in Time

Hello everybody, welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today, we are going to take a look at an old fashioned beat ’em up that still stands the test of time to this very day. The title that I am referring is quite possibly my favorite game of all time that has turtles in it, TMNT IV: Turtles in Time.

Back in kindergarten I was obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and in all honesty, I am just as involved with them now as I was back then. My mom knitted a sweater for me (ya I know, aww) with all of their names on it, we drove out to toy stores just about every other weekend to see if any new toys came out from them, and most importantly, she bought me every single video game based on the series. While most of them were alot of fun to play, there was one in particular that was just a cut above the rest, and that game was Turtles in Time for the SNES.

First of all, the premise was ridiculous enough to enjoy, but entertaining enough for fans of all ages to get into. Of course Shredder is up to no good once again, and it’s time for our four green heroes to teach him a lesson. When the Turtles back him into a corner, he banishes them to a time warp, in which the only way they can return home is to travel through a number of different time periods and beat up as many foot soldiers as humanly possible. This setup is what made me fall in love with this game because there were plenty of enjoyable moments scattered throughout the experience ( which would take a long time to go through) that added a certain level of charm to an otherwise straightforward video game.

What I remember the most about this title was how much fun it was to play with a friend. My next door neighbour used to come over every day to play it with me. His favorite turtle was Donatello, and mine was Michelangelo. We would set the difficulty to hard at first, but then about halfway through I would change it back to normal because the two of us started to realize that our skills were not as exceptional as we thought they were. Still, he and I had a lot of fun taking down the foot clan, and in the end, that’s all that really matters.

TMNT IV: Turtles In Time is quite possibly the best turtles game ever made, ‘nuf said.

That concludes my story on TMNT IV: Turtles In Time, but if you have any fond memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

P.S.- I know the image says Hero Turtles but that was the European name for them, in North America they are the Ninja Turtles.

  • Anonymous

    My favourite was Raphael and when I was two I had a TMNT birthday cake! I loved playing them with my brother.