What lives in a sewer and loves pizza? If you guessed filthy rats, you’re only partially right. We’re talking about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The heroes in a half-shell are back, only this time they brought their running shoes.
The title really says it all. In this game you play as everyone’s favorite amphibious vigilantes, and you sprint across rooftops, pounding on the Foot Clan as you go. You jump and double-jump between platforms, and tap the screen when you get within striking distance of an enemy. When all is going well, the game has a satisfying rhythm to it– your taps land harmoniously and you get in a combo-bashing groove. Running, jumping, and attacking feel pretty great.
Along the way you collect green orbs that add to your health bar, and coins that you can spend to unlock new playable characters and upgrades. Curiously, you can only unlock one turtle at the game’s start. The other turtles and the bulky villain Dogpound can be unlocked by spending copious amounts of coins. You can also upgrade each character’s gear, gadgets, weapons, and boosts. The upgrades are overly expensive, though, so expect to spend a lot of time saving up your coins unless you want to spring for an in-app purchase.
And while the gameplay feels very smooth, there’s one small problem: the camera follows you upwards as you jump. This means that occasionally you’ll fall into a pit that you couldn’t possibly have seen coming. It’s not as bad as Sonic Dash on this front, but it’s aggravating all the same.
For the most part, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is a solid new entry in the endless runner genre. It looks great and includes enough unique ideas that it doesn’t feel like a re-tread. Whether you grew up on the Turtles cartoon from the ’90s or are more interested in the Nickelodeon show this game is based on, Rooftop Run may be worth picking up.