Reasons to check out Back From the Sewers on the Game Boy
Worth stealing from a friend? Yes. Here’s proof.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had a lot to celebrate on the Nintendo Entertainment System. When it came to the Game Boy, there were three games developed by Konami. Fall of the Foot Clan (1990), Back from the Sewers (1991) and Radical Rescue (1993).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Back From the Sewers managed to capture the original 1987 TV cartoon, in all its glory, for the small Game Boy screen. We got to see a massive cast of villains and enemies, locations from the cartoon and all four Turtles at their greenest.
1. Four unique Turtles
Each of the Ninja Turtles handles differently while playing Back from the Sewers. Each of their weapons has a different attack speed and range. Both Michelangelo and Leonardo have mid-range attack and speed. Whereas Raphael has a shorter range but a quicker attack. Donatello with his bō staff has the best range, but the slowest attack.
2. Diverse stages
Knowing the limitations of the Nintendo Game Boy, a platformer makes sense for the system. Back From the Sewers is mostly platforming, but Konami managed to incorporate some skating and side-scrolling stages. It makes a really big difference on such a small game.
3. So many bosses
The boss list for Back from the Sewers is massive. Rocksteady and Bebop show up as the first bosses, pulling out some heavy firepower for themselves. Krang makes a few appearances, both in his walker and in his Android Body. A lot of enemies for the TV Cartoon make an appearance. Like the Pizza Monsters from the Case of the Killer Pizzas. Shredder, Baxter Stockman, Stone Warrior, General Traag and Super Shredder also show up to dish out the punishment.
If you lose a turtle during the stage, you’ll go toe-to-toe with REX-1, a robot from the TV series. He’s guarding the prison but defeating REX-1 essentially grants you a continue as you rescue one of the turtles.
Outside of creating a really decent Game Boy game, Konami took that extra step to make it memorable. One of the best. Back from the Sewers is worth checking out for any fan of the classic Ninja Turtle cartoon. It manages to cram a lot of characters, stages and action into one small cartridge.
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