With the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run, those who grew up in the 80s and 90s must have a heartwarming nostalgia coming to mind vividly. Thanks to Nickelodeon, our childhood pals return to our lives again. Only this time, instead of sitting front of the TV to watch them, you are about to play as Leo, Donnie, Raph, or Mikey in this fast-paced runner.
The storyline begins when the turtles are informed of an alien invasion and they are summoned to fend it off. Before you start your adventure, you must choose one of your favorite ninja turtles. Your pick will become the only one unlocked at first — more will be unlocked as you collect enough coins. Each character has a series of different missions. You can see these by tapping the trophy icon at the top left corner of the corresponding character’s interface.
When it comes to the gameplay, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is pretty much the same as the classic runner Temple Run. Your goal is to run as far as possible and collect as many coins and other items such as power-ups and boosts as possible. The farther you run, the more challenging the game will become but you will certainly get more rewards too. Unsurprisingly, TMNT: Rooftop Run adds a few twists to the runner mechanic. It allows you to use weapons to attack the enemies standing in your way, reminiscent of the earlier iOS game, Blood Roofs, especially since the weapons can be upgraded.
As you run over rooftops, a Kraang ship will follow closely behind you. The path is full of green energy orbs, killer ninjas, minions of the Foot Clan, Kraang, and Dimension X. Collecting the orbs will increase your energy. They are crucial — once you run out of them, you will be held still and caught by the ship, ending your run until you start over again. You can attack enemies by tapping on them. A defeated enemy will reward you with coins. One of the turtles’ enemies, Dogpound, can be unlocked as a playable character at a hefty cost — 28,500 coins to be exact — so just keep running! Of course, coins can also be acquired with real money via in-app purchase.
Basically, your turtle will run forward automatically. Sometimes, you’ll have to make him jump by tapping anywhere on the screen so that he can climb walls, collect floating energy orbs, cross over gaps, and dodge attacks. In such a fast-paced game, reflexes and endurance really matter. First, you are running over buildings, short and tall, rather than a flat road. Obstacles on the rooftops further increase the difficulty so you must act fast based on your observation of the situation. What’s more, if you try to play it safe by running along a path with fewer obstacles and enemies, you may lose the chance to obtain the necessary energy orbs. As you run farther and farther, you must get increasingly attentive. It causes a kind of pressure on your mind! To sum up, you need to strengthen yourself while fighting against the enemies under pressure. A real challenge is posed to you.
Sometimes, randomly generated mini-games will be presented to you. In Turtle Time, you will confront a fully armed opponent. The battle takes place in slow-motion. All you need to do is tap the highlighted circles and you’ll win rewards. The circles can show up in large numbers, so you have to tap as fast as possible. In Pizza Time, a prize wheel is shown to you. Spinning it is an easy way to win some good stuff.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run features impressive graphics. First, the turtles are remarkably true to the source material. Their movements are smooth and lifelike. When they shout, “Booyakasha!”, you may get the false impression that they are real turtles of flesh and blood. New York also looks great and is presented in detail. A prospering metropolis comes clearly into view. As the turtles run over the rooftops, you can see buildings in the distance as well as an assortment of ads on the nearby walls. You will enter Chinatown and see shop names written in Chinese as well. Such details help deliver a persuasive and immersive gaming experience.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run blends nostalgic elements into a popular game style. It’s fair to say that it has a good chance to win a large number of loyal fans.