In the '80s and early '90s, pop culture was dominated by two monoliths: The NES, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Unsurprisingly, the TMNT made several beat-em-up babies with the NES, followed by a couple more on the SNES. A new fangame aims to re-capture the Turtles' retro glory days, and it sure looks like it's up to the task.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza by fangame creator "MersoX" is free to download for the PC. Its 16-bit graphics hearken back to the best of the Toitles' gaming legacy, particularly Turtles in Time for the SNES. Rescue-Palooza goes even further than its classic inspiration, however. It boasts 17 stages, 4-player local co-op, rideable vehicles, voice clips from the '80s cartoon, and a whopping 60 playable characters.
That's right: You're not restricted to using the Turtles in Rescue-Palooza. Dunk them all in a vat of turtle soup if you want. Who needs the Fab Four when you can play as Usagi Yojimbo, Splinter, a Mouser, and Irma? Give me a call, Mirage Studios. I just got a great idea for a TMNT comic spin-off.
Regardless of which hero you hit the streets of Manhattan with (though it should be the best one), Rescue-Palooza seems to be a great option if you're in the mood for some retro Turtles action. Previous attempts to put the Turtles in a side-scrolling beat-em-up have landed flat, especially Ubisoft's ill-received 2009 remake of Turtles in Time. Rescue-Palooza's sprites alone really put the "cow" in "cowabunga." There, that sounded hip, right?