Published on August 24th, 2016 | by Joel Schanke0
Ninja Turtles: Legends Review
Where’s the pizza? A question passed down for centuries (?) that has its roots placed in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book first released in 1984. That might as well be centuries for one to be asking for pizza (especially if it’s Michelangelo). Ninja Turtles: Legends, developed by Ludia Inc., takes advantage of the franchise’s popularity and combines well-known characters with lesser-known characters in a turn-based brawl fest. The game isn’t only addicting, but it’s also got a lot of what fans love about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: funny dialogue, an odd obsession with pizza (duh), unique characters, and an unexpected undertone of seriousness that somehow draws you in. I was pleasantly surprised when all of these factors came together to create a well-balanced gameplay and character building system, which resulted in an exceptional Android action experience.
Ninja Turtles: Legends has a convenient time control restriction, where it sets limits for you so that you don’t play for hours on end (I’m not lying when I say it’s addictive). It does this in a manner that many Android action games do these days: you have a certain amount of energy (in this case, pizza slices) that you can use in a given amount of time. The energy rebuilds over time, and you can get more from certain missions, leveling up, or card packs. This also gives you the incentive to determine your priorities when playing, especially since there’s so much to be done. You can play campaign mode to further your progress in the story, which involves less of the traditional villains, such as Master Shredder and the Foot Clan, and more of the robotic Kraal. You can also farm on levels you’ve finished to gain materials, experience, or card pieces that’ll help you obtain new characters. Then, there is PVP, which is a fun and useful way to eat your pizza up—since it allows you the opportunity of obtaining rare characters by showing the world the power of your team. As I said, there’s a lot to do. So, use your slices wisely, and no enemy will stand in your way.
Ninja Turtles: Legends is a turn-based game. You can assign up to five characters for each level, along with the ability to use particular characters for certain levels depending on who you are going up against (you can see this information before each battle). An awesome part of this game is the number of different characters you have the opportunity to collect. Don’t be fooled, though—collecting them is not always easy. From what I understand, each player is given a certain turtle as their first character (I was given Leonardo), and then you can build your team from there. In order to get more characters, you have to farm. This was okay with me because the farming didn’t require too much effort, and you could always skip the level by using a “warp pass” without sacrificing the rewards you were doing that stage for in the first place. This, to me, is a pretty neat aspect of the game, because it allows you to avoid all the redundancy. Granted, you’ll have to either play the same level, or use a “warp pass”, A LOT if you are trying to unlock a character; but the more you rank up, the easier and quicker it will become.
Everyone who grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise has to be aware of the comedic beauty that the writers came up with in order to preserve a solid fan base. Ninja Turtles: Legends has all of the comedic beauty I’m talking about. The dialogue is funny when it needs to be, there are a number of silly characters, and the overall obsession with pizza remains intact. Even when you are away from the game for a while, and you have a full stack of pizza slices to continue playing, the game sends you a notification reading: “There’s like a bajillion Pizzas waiting for you! Come grab a slice (before Mikey does).” What’s not to love about the accuracy of that statement?
Brawling through the streets of NYC with the turtles and their unlikely gang of heroes has always been fun, but Ninja Turtles: Legends puts a fresh spin on the usual hack and slash levels we’re used to in the franchise. The humorous dialogue mixed with a combination of action and strategy makes this piece of Android action one saucy slice of ‘za. Collect a bunch of characters you’ve never even heard of before (like Pizza Face or Ice Cream Kitty), and kick some tail. I guarantee you’ll have one shell of a time doing it.
Is It Hardcore?
Summary: Ninja Turtles: Legend’s well-balanced combination of action, strategy, and character building make this installment of the popular franchise a success. It may be addictive, but the developers force players to take a pizza break—and that’s definitely not a bad thing.