FIRST PLAY: TMNT Splintered Fate (Apple Arcade)

Released May 4, 2023

TMNT Splintered Fate is a new roguelike isometric action game exclusive to Apple Arcade, created by mobile gaming masters Super Evil Megacorp, creators of Vain Glory and Catalyst Black.

The gameplay is similar to the game Hades, in that, as a roguelike, you unlock additional powers with currency you earn on the various runs through the games randomized dungeons. Each time you die you go back to the Turtles’ lair and this allows you to purchase upgrades and even unlock new bits of the story.

The developers also were able to have input from legendary comic writer Tom Waltz, co-writer (along with Kevin Eastman) of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW) comics to help craft a compelling Turtles narrative that feels right.

In TMNT Splintered Fate, Splinter, the Turtle’s father and sensei, has been taken by their arch nemesis, the evil Shredder, and mysterious portals have appeared all over New York City. While April O’Neil and Metalhead help to uncover the mystery, the Turtles have to battle against the soldiers of the Foot Clan to rescue Splinter. However, an evil, even greater than Shredder, lurks in the darkness.


  • MSRP: Exclusive to Apple Arcade
  • Category: 2D Side Scrolling Beat Em Up
  • No of Players: 1-4
  • Multiplayer: Online and Local Coop

VISUALS

Like the other mobile games from Super Evil Megacorp (Vainglory and Catalyst Black) TMNT Splintered Fate has well drawn and animated visuals, including in-game characters and still picture dialogue scenes, as well as detailed environments and flashy particle effects. Your home base, the Turtles’ lair is especially well detailed and it’s cool to see everything laid out like you remember from the cartoons and movies.

AUDIO

The audio in TMNT Splintered Fate is also very high quality with fully spoken well acted dialogue. All the sound effects are exactly as you would expect, and while the music isn’t the classic Turtles music you might want, it still fits the atmosphere and action very well.

GAMEPLAY

The touch controls for TMNT Splintered Fate feel like a solid action mobile game like Vainglory or Diablo Immortal, but sometimes you can still lose sense of the position of the action buttons in the heat of battle. If you are able to use a controller it would be a much better experience.

The gameplay itself is challenging, much more so than your typical mobile game, and it feels much more like a console or PC game than a typical mobile game. Like typical roguelike games, such as Hades, you fight a variety of enemies in randomized dungeons, and when you die you return to your homebase to level up and jump into the action again. In Splintered Fate, returning to your home base also progresses the story, so you get an added reward beyond simply the ability to level up your Turtle.

Speaking of Turtles, you can select from any of the four Turtles and they all have unique strengths and weaknesses. I’ve always been a fan of Raphael, but I’ve read that Michelangelo is actually a great character to start with.

If you want to see the intro sections of the game you can watch the following gameplay video, captured on iPhone 14 Pro:

FUN

Finding a “real” game on mobile can be a challenge, but TMNT Splintered Fate feels much more like a game you would play on PC or console than many Apple Arcade games. I’ve personally never been a big fan of roguelike, Hades-esque, gameplay, but for fans of Hades and similar games, you’ll likely have a blast with this.

The game can be difficult however, so just remember that death and restarting is just part of the gameplay loop. If you haven’t played a proper roguelike before, you can think of it kind of like a Souls game: you will die, but as long as you can level up your character you’re good.

BOTTOM LINE

TMNT Splintered Fate is a console-quality game on mobile that combines Hades-like gameplay with great graphics, solid voice acting and a compelling story. For fans of Hades and TMNT this is a no brainer, and if you aren’t already a member of Apple Arcade, this might be the push you needed.


REVIEW SCORE

8.25

  • GRAPHICS: 9
  • AUDIO: 8
  • GAMEPLAY: 8
  • FUN: 8

IF YOU LIKE Hades and TMNT or if you’re an Apple Arcade member This game is a No Brainer – GET IT!!

If you don’t like roguelikes or TMNT and you Don’t have Apple Arcade you can likely pass on this

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