TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge Tips & Tricks for Beginners

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge continues the legacy of classic arcade video games featuring our favorite Turtles. It is a side-scrolling brawler pitting Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and friends against the mighty Shredder and his Foot Clan.

Over 16 stages full of lovely pixel art and various secrets, you will beat up enemies with a deep set of moves. While it might look like a simple beat ‘em up title, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is surprisingly complex and can be challenging for beginners.

That’s where we come in. Here are a bunch of radical tips & tricks for TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge to help you get started.

Know the Characters

This is a beat ‘em up with a lot of depth. The characters play differently and you may need to test them out to find your fit. They have different moves, stats, weapons, and animations. The characters are rated on their Range, Speed, and Power on a three-star scale.

And it’s not just the Turtles. In addition to Leo, Mikey, Raph, and Donnie, you can also control master Splinter, reporter April O’Neil, and vigilante Casey Jones. Most of the characters are unlocked from the start. You also get access to Jones after completing the story mode.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the four Turtles and their abilities.

  • Michelangelo can headbutt opponents and bounce them with a dive kick. He has a three-star Speed and uses nunchaku.
  • Raphael can german suplex foes like a wrestler. He has a three-star Power and uses a pair of sai.
  • Donatello has a three-star Range. His Bo-Staff allows him to keep the enemies at a distance.
  • Leonardo is versatile, with two stars in Range, Speed, and Power. He can do a somersault attack and uses katana swords.

Learn the Moves

With the character chosen, it’s time to know more about their moves. While the basic controls are simple, some moves need a combination of buttons or a specific direction on the D-pad to be pressed.

You need to learn the moves to combat the variety of enemies in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. There are flying enemies that need anti-air moves like the somersault slice. Enemies with weapons have specific counters, such as using the slide to beat up spear-wielding foes. With practice, you can juggle enemies and unleash complex combos. You can also use the dash attack to land the first hit.

Then there are the co-op exclusive moves. Like any good TMNT story, Shredder’s Revenge will give you many chances to take down enemies with fellow Turtles. When playing online, you can sandwich attack an enemy or even throw your partner towards them. Make sure to get the Xbox Live Gift Card from OffGamers here if you want to play online multiplayer.

Now our special tip when it comes to TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge moves. You can grab and throw an enemy in any direction. But if you toss them towards the screen, it will defeat the enemy in one move without having to beat them up first. This is important when you are outnumbered.

Use Your Environment

TMNT Shredders Revenge Environment

The levels in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge are full of obstacles, traps, and other elements that can hamper your progress. But here’s the fun part: they can hurt your enemies too.

You can use these obstacles — such as spiked floors, animal stampedes, or even the mean streets of New York City — to get rid of your foes. Next time you are around these hazards, avoid them and throw your enemies into them instead.

There are other ways in which you can interact with the environment to defeat enemies. Since each character has their own weapon, you won’t find sticks or pipes lying around like in other beat ‘em ups, but you can use shopping carts or cameras as projectiles to wipe enemies out. And off course, there are exploding barrels too!

Smash Everything

Remember, you won’t be able to return to an area once you scroll onto the next screen. So smash everything in sight!

The breakable items are another way to interact with the environment. There are Foot Clan crates, vending machines, toolboxes, tables, and even popcorn machines that can be smashed. Hiding in these objects can be health-restoring pizzas or a collectible that will help you level up your character.

That’s not all. Sometimes, smashing will lead to secret spots hiding supporting characters from TMNT media. They can give you sidequests that will further help you level up.

Taunt Away

We have mentioned leveling up a couple of times. But what is so important about leveling up your characters? Simply put, each character levels up independently. That means you’d need to switch the characters in order to max their level.

You can also earn experience points by completing challenges. Each episode of TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge comes with three challenges, like defeating a number of Foot soldiers with a specific move or finishing a stage unharmed. While trying to complete each challenge can be difficult if you’re just starting out, they will give you a bunch of experience points to help level up.

The characters can be leveled up to level 10. The points required to level up start from 100 (level 1) to 2000 (level 10). Each level up comes with an extra hit point, extra life, or a special move.

Speaking of special moves, each character has a Super Attack. These are ultimate attacks that deal huge damage and can turn the tide. We suggest using them against a boss or in a spot of bother. Building the Ninja Power bar for a Super can be tough as you need to land a number of hits without taking damage.

One way to build the Ninja Power bar quickly is by taunting. While taunts may appear rude or even forgettable, using them frequently will help each character earn their Super quicker. Just press the shoulder button to have Donatello whip out a Game Boy, and watch the bar go up. But make sure that you time your taunts or else you will be left open to attacks.

Sarah Paul

Sarah is a Junior Content Outreach Writer at OffGamers and a contributor here at Geek Cosmos.