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Video Game / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan

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An action Hack and Slash video game based on the fictional ninja team the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, developed by PlatinumGames and published by Activision. It was released for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on May 24, 2016.

At night atop the TCRI building Krang and Shredder meet on the skyscraper's helipad to confirm that everything is in place for their alliance towards an unspecified goal. At a gesture from Shredder, hundreds of Foot Clan soldiers descend upon the city, starting a titanic crime wave that throws the city into chaos. In their Lair deep beneath the streets, the Turtles discuss the crime wave with Splinter and April O'Neil, concluding that they are honor bound to protect the city and head out to do just that though Michelangelo is still in the middle of some pizza he feels similarly 'honor bound' to finish off. While patrolling the rooftops, the Turtles notice Foot Soldiers sneaking around the Purple Dragons' territory and head to the streets to investigate the anomaly and clear out the rival ninjas.

Less than eight months after its release, the game was removed from sale from all digital storefronts on January 3, 2017. This is the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game and the last Nickelodeon game to be published by Activision; afterwards, Nick would grant video game licenses to different publishers on a case-by-case basis instead of granting a single publisher a blanket license to all of their series as was done with Activision and THQ before them.

Not to be confused with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project.

This game provides examples of:

  • Arm Cannon: One of the abilities in the game is to summon an arm cannon that blasts foes at a distance, creating a blue explosion.
  • Bat People: The boss of Level 6 is Wingnut, a monstrous anthropomorphic bat. He is implied to be an alien in this version, riding a UFO in his boss fight.
  • Big Eater: If your Turtle gets knocked out, he'll be transported back to the Turtle Lair, where they proceed to wolf down from a huge pile of pizza to regain their energy.
  • Bomb Disposal: A recurring element in the game are timed segments where the turtles have to defuse bombs set by the Foot. The more turtles doing the disarming at a time, the faster it is.
  • Boss-Altering Consequence: If you get good scores from completing missions in a level, there is a chance that a secret boss will appear to help the main boss of the level in the middle of the battle, with exceptions being General Krang and Shredder himselfnote .
  • Boss Rush: When the Turtles break into TCRI, they end up doing a rematch against every boss in the game before getting to Krang.
  • Brooklyn Rage: While less noticeable than other iterations, Raphael has a mild Brooklyn twang to his speech.
  • Brutish Character, Brutish Weapon: Rocksteady's weapon is a giant hammer.
  • Canon Immigrant: Mutants in Manhattan is the only piece of TMNT-based content that provides a good look at IDW version of Super Shredder.
  • Cel Shading: The game has a cel-shaded art-style, giving it a comic book aesthetic.
  • Chainsaw Good: Bebop's primary weapon is a chainsaw.
  • Disney Villain Death: Shredder meets his end this way, though Michelangelo thinks he might have a jetpack or a parachute. Later, it's revealed that he did indeed survive.
  • The Dreaded: Michelangelo remarks that while they have experience fighting mutants and aliens, Karai seems to frighten him the most.
  • Dual Boss: Normally, the boss encounters consist of all four Turtles fighting against a singular boss. However, if you get a high enough score, another boss will appear to help out the other. For example, Rocksteady helping out Bebop during the game's first boss battle.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: While the waves of enemies are not very difficult to fight, the bosses, which have seven life bars, are much more tedious and very slow. Especially given that in the harder difficulties a second boss can also appear, like Bebop appearing midway through the Rocksteady boss fight.
  • Hit Stop: Once a boss is defeated, you'll get a view of what each turtle was doing at the time as if someone snapped photos of them.
  • Hulk Speak: This version of Slash is portrayed as a mindless thug, his speech very simplistic.
    Slash: Foot bad.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Applies to Shredder himself. Instead of having a partner to assist him, he transforms into Super Shredder to give Turtles the toughest challenge yet.
    Super Shredder: The true battle starts NOW!
  • Mission Control: April O'Neil acts as this for the majority of the game, beaming in instructions to the turtles via t-phone.
  • Money Is Experience Points: BP can be used to upgrade skills in addition to buying items.
  • Mythology Gag: While this April O'Neil is meant to be based off of her IDW comic book counterpart, her design is very similar to the 2012 animated April, her hair tied back in a ponytail, a yellow t-shirt and prominent freckles on her face.
  • One-Winged Angel: Do too well in the final battle against Shredder, and he'll turn into Super Shredder.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Shredder ditches the old-fashioned hand-to-hand combat in favor of sudden transformation into Super Shredder, the Turtles are not amused.
    Don: Well, that escalated quickly.
    Mike: C-can he even do that?! Like, is that not against the rules or something?
    Super Shredder: I make the rules, reptile!
    Raph: Not on our turf, metal-for-brains!
    Leo: Focus, guys! This is gonna be our toughest challenge yet.
  • Shark Man: Armaggon is a mutant shark the turtles fight in the sewers. Very little is revealed about his background in the game, save for the fact that he is a mutant, and that he is on unfriendly terms with the Turtles. He is revealed to apart of an alliance with Krang and the Shredder as he travels through sewers and delivers an important part for Krang's terraforming device for the promise of being the ruler of all Earth's oceans.
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  • Sophisticated as Hell: When Michelangelo winds up not getting any pizza while the rest of his family take all the slices, no one is sympathetic. Even Splinter.
    Splinter: Wise men say: "You snooze, you lose."
    Michelangelo: Man, I totally hate wise men.
  • Unstoppable Rage: While not exactly friends, Slash only attacks the turtles because he thought they were invading his territory. It is not until the turtles beat him are they able to calm him down long enough to let him know that they don't mean any real harm. Later they have to fight him again in Shredder and Krang's lair, with implications that he is a recurring victim of brainwashing.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Despite having his own wings, Wingnut seems to prefer using flying machines over flying, first flying on a flying saucer in his boss-fight and then flying away on a glider. The closest we ever see is that he flaps his wings when he jumps high, implying his wings are not meant for flight. Later subverted in his second boss fight where he is seen hovering.


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The boss of Level 6 is Wingnut, a monstrous anthropomorphic bat. He is implied to be an alien in this version, riding a UFO in his boss fight.

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