Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is pretty retro as it is, but a new update dials the nostalgia factor up to 11.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is a spiritual sequel to Konami’s side-scroling brawlers. We reviewed it back in June and called it “… an absolute blast to play through from beginning to end, whether you’re alone or accompanied by friends”. And now, an update has added some retro-styled bells and whistles.
You can alter the way the game looks by applying a VHS or CRT filter, giving it the look of an old-school arcade machine. That, in itself, is a welcome feature. But, aside from the filters, you can tweak the game to your hearts content, using the handy-dandy dipswitch menu.
If you’re wondering what the hell dipswitches are, you may well have missed out on the arcade era. Essentially, arcade owners could access hidden settings in machines to change the number of lives, speed and so forth. So if people were completing Street Fighter II on one coin you could take the difficulty up a notch or two.
The new update for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge offers much the same, letting use a set of virtual dipswitches to change how the game plays. For example, you can make it so that super attacks drain your power, or turn off revivals. It’s up to you.
The update is out now, and the game itself is 20% off on Steam and the PlayStation Store. If you’ve not played it, it’s a great brawler, even if you didn’t put half your pocket money into one of Konami’s coin-guzzlers.