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September 25, 2005
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
21/10/2005AtariKonami1-4$99.95

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Graphics look somewhat improved.
While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles no longer appear on Australian TV screens (at least, not Free To Air), the franchise still has a massive following. Over the last couple of years Konami have released a couple of games based on the classic cartoon characters, however neither title proved to be the entertaining title it could have been. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee isn't just a side scrolling action title any more with the developers aiming this as a party experience. Will it work? Time will tell, but here's all the details.

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Battle on the rooftop.
WIth over 20 playable characters to select from the bulk of the game comes in the Adventure Story mode. This is a single player mode in which you can select from the four Turtles including Michaelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael. In case you are unaware each of these characters has a different preference for weapons including Katana swords for Leonardo - our personal favourite - or a Bo Staff for Donatello. Once again Shredder has returned and it's your job to defeat the foes and restore order to the city.

If you get tired of the single player adventure game, or have some friends around then it's time to have a go at the Mutant Melee option where up to four gamers can take part in battles to see who has the most skills. This mode allows you to select from 20 characters, many of whom are initally unavailable.

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The four Turtles.
To add a little more value to TMNT: Mutant Melee the developers are including several other mini-game such as King of the Hill and Last Man Standing among others while it will also be possible to collect tokens to unlock additional content. Graphically the game looks fairly nice with some wonderful cartoon styled cel-shaded graphics.

Time will tell if this game is actually any better then the previous, admittedly dire, games in the series. We're not expecting miracles but fans of the four little green reptiles this game looks like providing some entertainment. Expect a release in late October.