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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
The Hyperstone Heist -- Konami

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have finally found their way to the Sega Genesis in The Hyperstone Heist. The Shredder is up to his old tricks again, and--of course--the only one who can stop him are the boys in green. Choose your favorite turtle and kick some shell in this hot new side-scrolling action title.

Ferrari Man
Deja Vu? TMNT is the SNES version, minus half. The fancy new moves are gone, the length is gone, the story is gone, the great sound is gone, but at least a few lines of code remain. I expected a new game, not a part of a rehash. Although for the few scenes that are intact graphics and sound are decent, they just don't compare. If you really want Turtles, go buy a SNES. Hopefully a Sega CD version of a NEW Turtles game will be in the horizon soon.

Creative, original, worth buying... NOT! Virtually a carbon copy of the SNES version but with different backgrounds. Unfortunately, it was so much like it I didn't really notice the different story line. The game was too easy and too short. The only new character in the game was Tatsu. The game control seemed the same. If you own a Genesis and not a SNES then rent this cart for a brief bit of fun. Next time change the game and the story... Please!

Blah... Yes it's Turtles on the Genesis... This game is called The Hyperstone Heist, but should be called "Turtles in a Time Loop Minus Half the Game." Sure, for you Genesis owners who have never owned a Turtles game before this is cool, but for anyone who has played the previous games, especially Turtles in Time on the SNES, this game may be a big let down. They basically chopped all the special graphics, halved the game and finagled a new story line to fit the "leftoverness." The only thing I liked was that the gameplay felt more solid than the usual Genesis fare.

Huh? Talk about Turtles in Time Warp... This game is a complete rip off of the SNES version. Why bother changing the name and calling it an all new adventure? Oh yeah, I forgot... It's a good excuse to replace the story with an equally hokey story and skip half the game. The graphics and gameplay are excellent, but the game is just too short. I'm glad to see a Turtles adventure on the Genesis, but I expected more.

>>>>> 62.5/100 <<<<< Ferrari Man ???? R.I.P. Salamander
Graphics 4.0 4.0 3.0 4.0
Sound 2.5 3.5 3.0 4.0
Gameplay/Control 4.0 4.0 3.5 4.0
Longevity/Playability 1.0 2.5 0.0 2.0
Overall 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.5
Total 15.0 17.5 12.5 17.5

Originally appeared Vol 1, Iss 6 (02-03/93)