Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Premium)

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This game received 71 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 8.070 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks 3rd in the game group "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". The group itself ranks #18 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 8.033

Artwork: 8.421

Sounds/Music: 7.755

Other Aspects: 7.929

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Note! There are multiple versions of this game!
This is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Premium)".
The other versions are: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Pro) (regular version), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (LE)

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14 days ago
16 days ago
Just a great all around fun game with plenty to do
37 days ago
This is a challenging game. Its not a beginners game. Like most Borg gams you are rewarded for well placed shots, but this is probably one of the tougher games I've played and the toughest in my collection. I m a 80's kid so the theme is fine, artwork is fine, and the sounds are fine but man this game is very tough and in my opinion the layout has some real issues that prevent it from being much fun. The spinning pizza can cause a lot of SDTM drains, the right ramp posts will send your ball right back down the middle in a millisecond, and non well placed shots (shots that aren't hit exactly on target I should say) can drain quicker than you blink. The right ramp has a lot of times when the ball was placed and hit correctly but because it didn't have enough power off the flipper it comes right back down for the drain. Its not a well thought out or well tested design in my opinion. Its quite a difficult game and for some that may be enough, but for those who want nice flow and fun this is probably not your game. This is a lot of cradle, pick your shot, and then try to bring the ball back under control for the next shot. With the speed of the shots on the ramps there is little use for the diverter. Honestly to me that toy is a gimmick with very little practical use during game play. The upper orbit off the third flipper is an almost impossible shot. If you were expecting an Elwin like upper orbit shot, or a ST warp ramp shot this is not that. The angle of the upper orbit coming off the 3rd flipper makes it a hard to make on a regular basis.

I would recommend this game if you are a very good player, and enjoy stop and go cradle shots. Not a flow game, but it is very fast. If you like the challenge of difficult, almost brutal, pinball machine this is a good game, if you are trying to have some fun and get a nice flow going this is not going to be it.
41 days ago
The premium is 100% worth it. The pro doesn’t feel like it should feel less than, but something just doesn’t work with the pro and premium is absolutely amazing
70 days ago
Playfield is way too crowded for my preferred playstyle. Beautiful artwork by Zombie Yeti and the theme is sweet. Still a pretty fun shooter and appeals to most people.
3 months ago
The topper is well designed but could use a little more code to bring it alive. The ramp diverter while not essential really makes the lockdown bar button worthwhile and a nice touch. Bonus report sound is a little annoying but the rest of the media package does what it need to. Game would be perfect with just an added subway like Avengers IQ.
3 months ago
This game was really surprising to me. Initially I was only going to buy for route because we get a lot of kids but then covid hit, so I passed. Few months later I had the chance to spend some time on a pro. This thing rips! It’s exactly the kind of gameplay experience I like. It’s fast, punishing and really rewards a trap and shoot play style. Stands up to DP, IMDN and JP. If the code and rules continue to deepen it’ll be a home run. Update: My route opened back up. Got a pro...it’s a showstopper. There is literally nothing to complain about. Insanely underrated game IMO...and I’ve played em all. It’s a top 10er, no doubt.
3 months ago
very fast blink and you drain. Fun to play but not thrilled by the theme. I purchased this pin so I’ll have a more kid friendly game not one plays it but me. So not a keeper ans will be trading it in.
4 months ago
I've had my TMNT premium for about a month now and here are my thoughts:

Layout: Great flow, ramps will take time to learn but feels good once you do. Both right and left ramps can be backhanded. Center ramp is really fun and probably my favorite. Minor gripes: I wish the pizza parlor shot could be made more constantly with the left flipper. Borg left drain (I had to put on ball save when exiting Lair). I personally struggle with the right orbit.

Games rules, scoring, call outs: I really enjoy the episodes and side objectives (I still smile every time I complete 123 foot). Multi ball variety with the toppings is a great feature that keeps things fresh. Call outs are clear and make sense. Minor gripes: episodes should be worth more and have more partial credit, especially considering that this game punishes you for missing shots. This may sound crazy but I also think ball save should activate for first 8 seconds when starting a episode (or have that option in settings); this would reduce bad luck drains and give more of chance to complete episodes that usually require multiple shots.

Theme and toys: The art on this pin is amazing and theme really puts it over the top for me. The turtle van door opening and the balls flying out to the theme song is great. Krang bouncing up and down taunting the player is a nice touch. It took me some time to get used to using the diverter but I find myself setting up future shots with it all the time now. Pizza spinner adds a random element which keeps you on your toes.

Music and lighting: not much to say here, everything looks and sounds great. I will note that I have the side art installed on mine and it really does brighten up the playfield even more. The instrumental theme is probably my favorite track.

Animation and voice over: I've seen a lot of people ridicule the animations for this game, I get it's personal preference, but I don't think it's bad. It's a cross between full animation and like comic book strip transitions. I appreciate the ambition here, most games that don't use stock footage, typically have screenshot art. This game is more immersive and interesting with the animation (they don't need to be on the scale of the 1987 TMNT show). The original voice actors aren't used but that is not issue. All the character are voiced really well especially Krang and Shredder.

Summary: the game is hard but very rewarding (it makes you want to practice and get better). It definitely has that one more game feeling. Most people will be happy with a Pro but I love my premium and recommend it if you are really into the theme.
5 months ago
Great game play. Pizza magnet is awesome. Like to line up three balls and sling them. Bought a used LE. Theme not my favorite but many like it. This is hard game to do well on. These posts “after a half dozen to dozen games I played I didn’t like” are a joke.” This is a deep game with hard skill shots and tough shot placement. It takes time to get figured out. This is a hidden gem and borgs best. Game is suited best for advance players and beginners. Intermediate players we be frustrated and need the practice. Use half shell mode to get better.
5 months ago
I can finally give a solid review. Great theme, layout has many shots which feel great with risk factor but when your in a flow this thing shoots fast and very satisfying. The GI is color and Playfield art looks super cool total 80s feel. The glider totally gives you many options to feed what ever flipper you want to combo any shot in the game I personally think this feature is underrated.
It’s turtle time........
5 months ago
I liked the first few games, but the more I played the more it got old. Came back again and found that I just couldn't find the excitement. Definitely glad I didn't add this to my collection.
5 months ago
Great game really nailed the theme, voices are super well done and game is fun and fast. It is a touch hard , some dont like the animations but personally I love them. I tried the 1987 version and went back stock much better!
5 months ago
le flipper parfait exigeant rapide avec plusieurs gadgets super....quel pied!!!!
5 months ago
Turtles theme wise holds no nostalgia so any lack of true animations or voices from show may be lost on me. What I do know is how well it shoots - excellent - up there with some of Borgs best. The game can rip and a ton of fun - approachable code wise for all ages - thank goodness. Artwork outstanding, lighting and mechs (van/diverter) on the premium worked well although the pro was great without the extras. The callouts/music overall was better the AIQ next to it and fast enough to keep me coming back for more - and that’s what counts.
6 months ago
one of Sterns best games!!
6 months ago
I like this game, it's really fun and easy to learn but hard to master (for me).
I love mode : 2v2/3v1/2v1/coop for more fun.
7 months ago
I remember buying the original comic book in black and white.

The Pros:
The best layout Borg had ever produced. The shots are spot on and this game flows like few others. Shooting this game is pure pleasure. Multiple playing and co-operative play modes means that Stern has been paying attention to what Scott Danesi has been bringing to pinball and this will probably come standard with most Stern pinball games in the future. More people playing pinball is a good thing. The layout is FAST! Shooting to the upper flipper accurately means that your twitch skills are on point.

The Cons:
Some people will not like the theme. Those people have lost the child within their souls. The biggest "if" with this game will be the ruleset. Will Dwight get this one right? I think he has been listening to Keith and taking notes. Tourney players will find the exploits and rip them to shreds...

That song will not get out of my head...

I am big on player choice in relation to diverters on a pinball game. Considering you can make nearly every single shot on this game from the right flipper, you might as well keep the diverter always sending the ball to the right in line. A little disappointing, really.

The Takeaway:
Whether you like the theme or not, this game shoots like a dream. The Skittles colored art package means that kids of all ages will like looking at and playing this game. This game shoots and plays well. Let's see what the regiment and refinement of this design brings. First impressions... I like it and I believe it will earn once we get past the plague-times.

You can make every shot on the playfield except for the right orbit and the right stand up with the right flipper. Once you get the timing down you get back and the right ramp even on the premium and limited edition. While it doesn’t detract from the quality of the design, it does mean that some of the techniques that you would use to access the playfield and it’s entirety artist difficult as it may seem initially. The rules are good. Not great. I know that this will change and refinements will be made just as every other string pinball game has been for the past 15 to 20 years. However that’s a big difference between pinball games today. Do you have a programmer who knows rules, we have a designer who knows the rules and the design. This is the next generation of pinball designers coming up now. And even a great playfield can’t compensate for anything other than a brilliant rules and design integration anymore.
9 months ago
This is one of the most underrated machines ever made. A top 3 game if there ever was one, imo.

1. Very fast unique asymmetrical layout. Controls nicely once shots are learned.
2. Music call outs, unique sounds and animations are top notch.
3. Lighting is stellar
4. Ball interactive mechs galore
5. Software depth and objectives in spades.
6. Who doesn’t like a Ninja theme.
7. Artwork is ZY’s best ever package. Colors pop and pleasing to look at.
10 months ago
Hard game to play but it brings me back to my favorite show as a kid
10 months ago
Yeah, I know that nothing in life is perfect but gotta give credit where credit is due. This rating will probably diminish whatever credibility I might have but can't help it. We are loving this game. When it was first announced my distributor call me first thing to offer me an LE; I turned it down because I did not think the theme had any appeal to me. But then I watched some of the Turtle shows on Nicklelodeon with my grandson and I was 'hooked'. I began to see the theme and game as a likely variant of DEADPOOL which is one of my favorites in my collection. I went to my distributor to play a TMNT Pro and also his personal LE. I gave it a few days to soak in before committing to buy one. I decided it was a good one to add and I am really glad that I did. So much fun, so much action, great toys like the spinning pizza disk, the glider, and the jumping Krang. And ZY's artwork, what can be said about that? I am not prone to rate a game so high but what the hell. Just imho.
11 months ago
The game is a ton of fun. My son, who isn’t all that interested in pinball, loves playing this one with me on co-op. The variation between turtles (pros/cons) gives a little bit of variation in how you play. Artwork is as expected with Zombie Yeti (phenomenal). Shoots fast and keeps you on your toes, but can be difficult and frustrating. You have to slow down on this one or it will eat your lunch. Layout and design are familiar, yet feel completely different. I’m happy with the upgrades on the premium and think they added enough to make it feel worth the extra over the pro. The Krang toy, physical ball lock in the van, and the glider are all really nice to have. I do wish the animations were a bit more...animated(?) I guess? The music could really use some work as well... I really like this one though. It really does have that "one more game" feeling.
11 months ago
I believe this is my favorite pin of all time. Very hard to find a bad thing to say about it.
11 months ago
Super fast challenging game. We are recreational players in the house and this is our hardest game. There is a lot to the game and we are enjoying exploring this. It is the first time I have had a pinball game where I feel I need to learn the rules versus just play the game. That being said it is a crazy fun game to play.

Updated my rating to take into account how hard some of the shots are to make and the big left drain. Really is a buzz kill at times..
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