The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a staple of gaming since they first debuted, and have had their share of tabletop trials, but never got the love they perhaps truly deserve. But they’ve finally found a home with IDW Games (IDW Comics also publishes the turtles modern day escapades), who have been cranking out stellar turtle titles like the tile game TMNT Showdown: Bebop & Rocksteady and their own Munchkin adaptation. The crown jewel of IDW’s gaming-in-a-half-shell has undoubtedly been TMNT: Shadows of the Past, a miniatures based game that takes players through an action-packed and engaging set of missions in the Turtles’ universe. Following that game’s success, IDW has recently launched the Kickstarter for two games in the same system: City Fall and Change Is Constant.
The two games will use the scenario-based system of Shadows of the Past, and will each feature a different story and cast of characters drawn from the TMNT universe. Change Is Constant will focus on the fight against Baxter Stockman and his mousers, with the turtles getting help from their old friend Casey Jones. City Fall, on the other hand, will be a city-wide brawl between the Shredder and the turtles’ allies, with Splinter, April, and new allies Slash, Angel Bridge, and Old Hob fighting Shredder and his minions (including perennial favorites Bebop and Rocksteady). The new games will expand on Shadows with bigger maps, new play figures, and a brand new c0-op mode that allows for AI to control the baddies instead of one of the players.
Both games can work as a standalone or in tandem with the other Adventures games. There’s also add-ons available for the games that add new characters and alt-sculpts for existing ones like the Stan Sakai Box (featuring rabbit samurai Miyamoto Usagi), Villain Upgrade Kit (which features new die and rules for the villains),and Deviations Box (which fills out the “dark” TMNT with corrupted versions of Raph, Donnie, and Mikey).
While the Kickstarter has already funded, it will still run for 22 days, with tier levels available for one or both games with addons and stretch goals galore. The base tier is $125 and goes up from there, with things like Stranger, pizza spinners, and even Stockman-Fly on the table for certain funding points. With lots of deep references, fun gameplay, and IDW’s usual high level of polish, these new games look like essential gaming for any shellhead worth their color-coded bandana.
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