In their first exciting adventure for the Super NES, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: Turtles in Time, Shredder captures the Statue of Liberty and the Turtles have to get it back. I’m surprised he didn’t capture April this time. It starts with a few levels in New York and you fight Shredder in the Technodrome by throwing Foot soldiers at him. Afterwards, he sends the turtles into a time warp. Now they have to fight their way back to the present with other old enemies who were waiting for them.
The new graphics are incredible and the fighting moves are more varied than before. The Turtles can now throw Foot soldiers at the screen or smack them side to side to take out other surrounding enemies. Even their jump kicks and rush attacks are new and come with battle cries. Now that’s how a ninja fights.
Like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: The Manhattan Project, each turtle is different. They have a different special move. Leo swings his swords, Mikey does a flying rush attack, Don does a flying pole-vault kick, and Raph has a spinning power kick. Each special attack uses energy again, but it’s only affected when you hit an enemy this time. Now that each turtle can vary in speed, strength, and defense, I think Mikey is the best one to rely on in this game.
The points are fairly standard to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game with an extra life for every 200 points, but they do vary depending on the attack you use. The points also increase after you defeat a boss, based on your life meter.
The bosses are very recognizable. This time they’re a bit tougher and each have something to say before battle, but it only shows in subtitles. I’d have to say that the hardest boss is Slash because he blocks all frontal attacks.
After defeating Krang twice, you get back to the present and face Super Shredder. I found this final battle more exciting than ever. However, to win you have to beat the hard mode. Otherwise Splinter will tell you off.
There were some other TMNT games for the Super NES back in the day, but this is the classic I remember well.
One last item: Not too long ago I found out about an updated, but still nostalgic, version of this game for the X-Box 360 called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time Re-shelled. Here’s a YouTube video I found that shows some of the highlights.