Have you heard? Michael Bay actually hates every single person who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s. This is the only explanation for what he is doing to our beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the upcoming film reboot. Setting aside this insult to history, there's a new game to go along with the move launching in the Play Store today, and it looks better than most of the movie tie-in games.

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The TMNT game is a hack and slash action game similar to Combo Crew. Makes sense seeing as it was developed by the same team. You swipe across the bad guys to attack and chain together attacks and special attacks. Playing well grants bonuses and can unlock a mini game where you get to fight with all four turtles.

The designers went with a cel shaded look, which is odd for a realistic CGI movie tie-in. It doesn't look bad, though. However, you won't be happy about the pricing. It's $3.99 and there are in-app purchases on top of that. You can pay to unlock content instantly and get more in-game currency. Whether or not this is a deal breaker will depend on how the game pushes those add-ons.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.

  • Derek Duncan

    The current cartoon series is amazing. The Michael Bay movie, I'll reserve my judgment until I see it, but it's not looking great.

    • WhoaManWtF

      Meh.. they say COWABUNGA damnit!!! not whatever the hell it is they say on that show, though other than that it is pretty good.

      • Darrelle Alexander

        I think the only one with a catch phrase is Mikey and he says Booyakasha... The others just watch him in silent judgement.

      • varagor

        Them having lips is a more troubling issue in my opinion.

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-Z が あらわれた!

    TMNT Tutles in Time >>> This.

  • Tony Byatt

    Don't understand the hate for the upcoming movie...

    I haven't seen anything wrong with it based off the trailers and I am an 80's baby who grew up loving the Ninja Turtles...

    All the clowns complaining will probably be first in line to see it when it's released...

    • DKT70

      Only a clown would post such shite. Clearly not a fan. I bet you enjoyed the newer star wars crap, and those f*going awful star trek reboots. Moron.

      • Tony Byatt

        Yeah ok...

        I enjoyed them, and your point?

        Doesn't mean I think they are better than the originals...


      • Ygor Vaz

        What's the problem with the new star trek movies?

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

      In the upcoming movie, the TMNT are fucking aliens my friend... seriously?

      • Tony Byatt

        No, they're not aliens...

        Try to keep up...

        • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

          To be fair they were aliens at some point, and who would bother to keep up after finding that out?

      • LazarusDark

        They are not aliens. Keep up man, that was like 4 complete script rewrites ago. And as of a month before release they were still rewriting this turd in editing....

      • Serge Cebrian

        the mutagen Ooze is of alien origin!! turtles are mutated earthling turtles...
        according to what i have heard(read) online

        im more concerned of turtles looking like Shrek.. :(

        but as long as the personalities are maintained.... im ok with the movie...

        Leo Fearless leader (Leads)

        Mike ( is a party dude (Party!) )

        donattello (does machines (That's a fact, Jack!))

        ralph (is cool but crude (Gimme a break!))...

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominicmondello Dominic Mondello

    I was about to buy it when I saw "It's $3.99 and there are in-app purchases on top of that"

    In-app purchases means "No buy" for me

  • Amarus Kh

    For some reason this article is stuck on "Mobile Theme" for me, even though I'm on a PC.

  • Zewks

    Over the years, and various artists, the look of the turtles has been quite different. Some looked very cool, others left you going "what the hell??". Typical though, the stories remained good, and they stayed true to how the characters were supposed to be.

    The main gripe about Bays film, so far, is how they look.

    1. They are giant. The seem like they are 7ft tall and 350lbs. Teenage mutant ninja Giants. The comics mostly had them being a lot smaller. Typically around the 5ft range. Shorter than an average human for sure.
    2. They have too human of features in their face. The nose... my god... the nose. Just awful. They do look like a messed up version of shrek. I would have prefered them to have more turtle like beaks, than for them to look how they do now. The fan edit of the movie screen caps posted on redit months ago would be my prefered look though.

    If the story, script and acting is good, I can probably overlook Bays attempt at expressing his creative "artisitic flare" on how they look. I guess Ill just have to wait and see.

    • SuperMario7

      I just hope it's not 3 hours long with American Pie style "jokes" added in like what Bay did with Transformers. Bay is not actually directing TMNT and it's a Nickelodeon movie, though I'm not really expecting anything special as the track record of the director Jonathan Liebesman seems to be generic sci fi and generic horror, I've seen the other films he directed such as texas Chainsaw Massacre The Beginning, Battle Los Angeles and Wrath of the Titans, they're not bad films but not particularly good too, the kind of fluff that you forget within 5 minutes of leaving the cinema

    • Matthew Coury

      golly man! the only one who even looks REOMTELY like shrek is mikey...and WHO cares! he's a mutant turtle

  • SuperMario7

    Dilemma, I love the Turtles but don't like supporting paid apps that also contain in app purchases.

    It still can't be as bad as that TMNT game that I paid full price for on Steam for my PC last year...

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    It's as if they are trying to copy the classic TMNT beatemup games

  • Darrelle Alexander

    Not gonna buy this game, sounds like it'll get really expensive really fast, or get really boring. I also don't like the 'new look' of the Turtles. I think he tried to give them too much of a human element, so now they come across as science lab experiments gone horribly wrong. They might have looked a bit better though if their masks didn't look so scrappy. Everyone seems to have their own take on things these days.. no one sticks to the originals. First M. Night Shimafool with The Last Airbender and now M. Bay with Ninja Turtles... at least we can count on him to blow everything up, right?

    • SuperMario7

      I get what you mean, having a different take on a character isn't always bad thing, I mean I really liked Tim Burton's Batman films as well as Nolans, same with Raimi's Spiderman films and Marc Webbs new movies... but come to think of it all 4 of these guys are way more talented than Shyamamamamalan lol and the creep Bay

  • flosserelli

    Sorta reminds me of TMNT on GameCube from years ago.

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  • h4rr4r

    Why do these turtles look so stupid?

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  • Matthew Coury

    golly! stop blasting the movie already...just because its produced by Michael Bay....you havent even seen it and u probably loved the first transformers