Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
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  • Arcade mode tickles your nostalgia.
  • Each Turtle has its own strengths and weakness.
  • Surprisingly deep combat system.


  • Awful hacking mini-games.
  • Unappealing comic book-like cut scenes.

Expert reviews and ratings

By itreviews.com on 60

Out of the Shadows's strong fighting engine and co-op action makes it a fun title for TMNT fans, but repetitive dialogue and inane hacking mini-games mar the...

By GameSpot on 30

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows could have been a fun, short romp with exciting combat, a silly story, and familiar green faces. A few broken battles in, however, you'll forget all about that potential. This is a sad, unfortunate showing for the heroes in a half shell.

By Polygon on 10

Red Fly Studio laid the groundwork for a decent third-person action game, dripping with TMNT nostalgia. I was looking forward to spending time with my favorite mutants again after all these years, but Out of the Shadows made me wish they'd stayed tucked away in my memory.

By GameRevolution on 50

While I can barely muster my inner TMNT fanboy to suffer through Michael Bay's new film, I hope the next game builds on this downloadable from Activision. Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo won't get shredded today, but there's certainly potential for mistakes to repeat themselves. At least they've got Master Splinter to teach them.

By God is a Geek on 30

There are fleeting glimpses of a good game here. But clearly, more money and more time was needed to make this the game it could have been. Inexcusable glitches, unresponsive controls, broken combat, bizarre gameplay design (hacking games, really?), unfair enemies and completely unnecessary loading times make for a monumental disappointment.

By IGN on 61

With enough effort and perseverance, one can glean battles from Out of the Shadows that feel truer to TMNT than any you've ever fought, and that might be enough for superfans to look the other way on its technical and control problems.

By Joystiq on 50

TMNT: Out of the Shadows feels like it isn't finished, like it was rushed out of the sewers so it could get top billing on Xbox Live during Microsoft's Summer of Arcade. It's a shame too, because Out of the Shadows has a solid foundation in its combat.

By GamesRadar on 50

The sun rises. The world turns. Another half-baked Ninja Turtles game disrupts our normally peaceful lives. You may now return to tearfully recalling the Zen-like beauty of Turtles in Time or the original Arcade game. At this rate, we may never have it as good again, no matter how hard they try.

By GameInformer on 20

TMNT: Out of the Shadows is terrible, and offers nothing as a video game or even as a piece of nostalgia. The ugly turtle models didn’t bring back any memories of the fun cartoon of my youth, and the gameplay is among the most unenjoyable experiences I’ve had during my time as a gamer. There is no circumstance under which anyone should play this train wreck of a game.

By CCC on 32

But in the grand scheme of things, these problems don't make this title unworthy. Out of the Shadows is no Game of the Year nominee, but it's a lot of fun to smack your way through the five-hour campaign and play the Arcade mode with friends. And for those of us old enough to remember the Turtles' original incarnation, it's a trip down memory lane, too.