In anticipation of the upcoming CGI reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nickelodeon just released this turtley awesome Flash game (come on, what’s a TMNT-related news item without a turtle pun?) called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dark Horizons.
It’s a side-scrolling beat ‘em up similar to the style of the old TMNT arcade games, if you remember those, that lets you play as your favorite turtle: Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello or Michaelangelo. I love the added character descriptions, which give us a glimpse into what the characters will be like on the new show:
Leonardo: Brave, determined and driven. Mature and a natural leader. Loves the sci-fi adventure series “Space Heroes.”
Raphael: Tough, fearless and a brawler. Fiercely loyal to his brothers. Has a pet turtle named “Spike.”
Donatello: Brilliant, detail-oriented and focused. A curious and intellectual inventor. Makes all the gadgets and weapons for the team.
Michaelangelo: Enthusiastic, positive and adaptable. Extremely creative and goes with the flow. Loves pop culture and yearns to be a part of the real world.
The controls are simple but not overly so — in addition to your standard move left/right, up to jump and space bar to attack, you can dash, climb walls, and throw shurikens. I played through a couple of levels as Raphael and Donatello (my go-to Turtles for most TMNT games) and had a blast.
The real reason to play this game, though, is for the the included sneak peaks of the upcoming show.
Here’re a couple of screen caps:
You can play Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dark Horizons right here.
Update: The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show will premiere Saturday, September 29th at 11:00 AM in a special 2-episode premiere on Nickelodeon.