Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan is a great 2D side scrolling action game with nice big graphics for Game Boy. Like most 2D platformers, you’ve got a jump and an attack button. All of the turtles play the same, I know they sure look the same. The only difference is their weapon range and speed. The game plays so slow that it was a nice touch to let you throw stars at distant enemies. The star does half the damage a weapon would, so why use it? The jump kick is tougher to land and it does more damage, so its worth it, but not as efficient as just attacking.
The real key to the game is your reflexes to attack at just the right moment both right then left and jump attack. To hit an enemy before it hits you. Your reflexes to attack make up for the turtles controlling too slow to effectively dodge anything other than boulders and motorcycles. Even jumping over an enemy to dodge just means you’ll end up landing on them and taking damage.
You start out each level by picking a turtle to play as, if they die, then you pick another. Its not all that challenging, and it can probably be beaten in less than an hour. There are only five levels and it really tested your skills to turn on a dime to kill enemies flying in at weird angles. The graphics are a bit bland, because it came out so early in Game Boy’s history. Its more like black on white, no gray. The gray seems to be reserved for the background and foot soldiers. I suppose that’s a good way to make your black turtle stand out.
You can even find secret mini games hosted by Master Splinter that will give you pizza and health if you’re successful. Games like clay pigeon shooting and a selection game against Krang. These weren’t just small sprites, they were full blown drawings of Splinter, Krang and the turtles. Between the levels, you’ll even see a well done photo of a cut scene. These images add to the enjoyability and immersion of the game to see the turtles big and bold on such a small screen. Its a nice touch that makes the game feel more like its tied in with the cartoon show.
I’ve completed this game dozens of times, a few of those times were back to back. I was such a huge Ninja Turtles fan and this is such a great game that I couldn’t help just plowing through it over and over again. The problem is it goes by so quickly that nothing really sticks with me afterward. Sure you’ve got the five greatest villains from TMNT, Shredder, Krang, Bebop, Rock Steady and Baxter Stockman. It even has the four turtles themselves, but other than that, there’s not too much to this game.