Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time (ARC)
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time is an arcade beat-'em-up released in 1991. As a follow-up to Konami's successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, it retains that title's basic gameplay: up to 4 players can choose one of the titular turtles and fight through waves of Foot Soldiers and other enemies. (That said, there are a number of new moves and changes, including the ability to run and two separate ways to throw opponents.) This time, the central conceit involves time travel - after a certain point, the heroes' arch-nemesis Shredder sends them into a time warp, forcing them to hop between various past and future locales to return home and foil his latest scheme. These stages include a dinosaur-laden prehistoric area, a pirate ship, and even the far-off future.
A returning Mutsuhiko Izumi created a soundtrack full of memorable melodies, with several traits identifiable as typical of Konami's '90s beat-'em-ups (such as the frequent use of an orchestral string sample). Its overall tone is quite varied - several tracks are quite lighthearted, exhibiting a sense of confidence as the player makes their way through each stage, while others are more dramatic (particularly those associated with cutscenes). Others change their tune to fit the context, such as "Bury My Shell at Wounded Knee" featuring a steady drum beat and other tonal elements that fit the level's wild West setting. No matter what, though, every song is energetic - appropriate for a beat-'em-up.
As with the previous game, several songs interpolate the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme throughout.
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- Recorder: Theand
- Game Credits:
The credits are displayed after the game is beaten. The attract mode and credits themes are renditions of "Pizza Power", a song created by Bob Bejan and Godfrey Nelson for the "Coming Out of Their Shells" tour. The intro track interpolates Shredder's theme from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ARC), a game which credits both Izumi and Miki Higashino as composers - it is currently unknown which one of them created that particular song.