Quoted from WombatPinball:
TMNT is highly underrated in my opinion. This game was a dream theme for me but don’t get it twisted, the first time I played it, I was disappointed. But then as I played it more, and the code updates made the game better, I realized that this game was something special and will 100% make anyone a better player. It has upped my personal game and helped me work on different techniques. I purchased a HUO Pro back in June for a good price and I haven’t looked back! It has become a staple of my collection and likely won’t ever leave. The co-op modes are fantastic with family and friends and the half shell challenge is awesome. It’s a fun game, by no means easy, but if you enjoy a tougher game and want to get better at pinball, I would highly recommend it!
I am really torn on TMNT. Picked up a Premium in July (first new pin in almost 5 years, thanks to having a baby and the pandemic) after playing one at my distro and being drawn in by the theme. Even at the time, I was concerned that John Borg's design would prove to be too difficult to be enjoyable. I already have an X-Men, so I know Borg's designs are challenging by nature. That said, the theming is top-notch.
I'm ~250 games in and my high score is "only" 25M (and my only game above the default 20M GC score) after one brilliant Turtle Power MB with Raphael at lvl 3 (thanks to IC storing level progress). Otherwise, it's a "dink around and drain" kind of game because of how difficult it is to capture the ball, post-pass, and just make the lit shots. I also have occasional trouble with the pizza parlor not properly releasing balls (and bringing a game to a halt as a result) that I haven't been able to solve.
I guess what I'm saying is... I'm not getting the sense that TMNT *is* making me a better player, in comparison with, say, Jurassic Park, which has definitely made me change how I play to improve. When my Venom arrives next week my game room will be full... and so I'll have to sell something to make room for whenever I can finally get a GZ Premium from my distro... and the 2 Borg games are looking like the best candidates to offload because the difficulty is keeping me from plunging and playing.