Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza!
Released June 13, 2019
It’s Pizza Time! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza is a free fan-made beat-em-up game based on the TMNT! An update and homage to the classic NES titles, with tons of characters playable for the first time!
- 60 playable characters
- 17 stages
- 4 Bonus stages
- 4-player local coop
- Improved graphics
- Voice clips from the TV show
- Rideable vehicles
- Countless references to the original TMNT cartoon and toyline!
UPDATED July 2, 2019. Latest version: 1.1.1
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: RESCUE-PALOOZA! is a non-profit project created by fans, and is in no way affiliated with Viacom, Nickelodeon, Mirage Studios, Konami, Ultra Games, Lionsgate, Fred Wolf Films, Stan Sakai, or Playmates Toys.
Inspiration and goal
This project started as a remake of TMNT3 for the NES, then became a remake of TMNT2, and eventually it evolved into Rescue-Palooza.
One thing I needed to make sure is that this was, above all, a FUN game. I incorporated the goofy and playful tone of the original cartoon and the Playmates toy line at every chance I got.
Ever since the release of Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, I have wanted to see many other NES titles get a graphics makeover, and Rescue-Palooza allowed me to do just that with the classic TMNT videogames of the NES era.
Most characters from the NES games reappear here, with a much more colorful appearance and in some cases, new animations. Recoloring and tweaking these 8-bit era sprites was one of my favorite tasks during the development of Rescue-Palooza.
Some characters' sprites were made from scratch using stills from the TV show as a guide.
Developed by Merso X
OpenBOR scripts and support: Bloodbane and O Ilusionista
Music: "Construction Stage" and "Technodrome Boss" by Powder AKA Casey Jones, "Channel 6 Stage" by Cosmic Gem, "Sewer Surfin’" by Coatlesscarl, "Star Base" by ChiptunedRaijin
Trailer music by dmledo (https://www.instagram.com/dmledo)
Sprites ripped by: Merso X, Tom Guycott, chiasm, Mario Gamer, Mepheal, redblueyellow, nsw25, retrogamezone.net, GaBoTiCo, Enscripture, belial, WernerWarhead14, Dolphman, Cabanaman, A.J. Nitro
Mouser and Venom base sprites and programming from the mod “TMNT 8 BIT RECOLORED AND EXTENDED” by GaBoTiCo
Prologue written by Merso X and Alexx (toysandtomfoolery.blogspot.com)
Epilogue written by The Sewer Den (http://www.thesewerden.com)
PATRONS: Skip Wescott, Oldmanwinters , Paul Brown, Aaron Meredith, James Hollie, NintenJoe, The Geek Critique, Nielzabub, Natsu x Ken, Alex Galarza, David Reeder, Toben Alexander, Jelly, Bobby MacGibbon, Bryan Sime, Kenny Benjamin, Trevor, Joe Hamilton
To Mirage Studios, Fred Wolf Films, Playmates Toys, Konami, and everyone involved in 80’s and 90’s Turtlemania
The awesome and helpful OpenBOR community
All Merso X followers on social media
Oldmanwinters, for providing numerous resources for this project
To my dear wife, for her patience!
A selection of reviews from awesome gamers and journalists
NEW Retro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game! Rescue Palooza!
"Love the old school TMNT games for the NES and SNES? Well you will most likely love this new homage to the classics, Rescue-Palooza! A free OpenBor turtles games that has a ton of content!"
NINJA TURTLES RESCUE-PALOOZA REVIEW-PALOOZA!
"Good golly, this is quite a special little game. A fan and a handful of people have done what plenty of developers could not, and created easily one of the best turtles games ever made. This is how you do a proper retro throwback. This is basically Sonic Mania of the Ninja Turtles games."
TMNT Rescue Palooza Review - The Perfect Fan Game?
"The combat, sprites, music, and even humor, all hit the mark and really manages to capture the feel of the classic titles. As both a fan and a reviewer, I can easily recommend this game to any and all retro fans and beat 'em up enthusiasts."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue Palooza (PC fan game) Review
"Fan games are not at all uncommon, but when one is good, it kinda sticks out from the pack. (Rescue-Palooza) is quite ambitious. If you are a fan of the Ninja Turtles, and you have a PC, and you haven't checked this out, I definitely think you should "
TMNT: Rescue Palooza! (pc fan game) Mike Matei Live
"It's a really fun game, try it out. It's a lot of fun."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue Palooza - COWABUNGAZORD!
"People, start spreading the news about this game, because it's excellent" (video in Spanish)