Lego - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are very popular in the Mind Orchard office, so when we heard that Nickelodeon were producing a new animated series, we were very excited indeed. However, this excitement was soon overtaken by the joy we felt when we found out that LEGO were going to be producing a collection of TMNT sets and that they wanted us to produce a game to promote them! Cowabunga!



Part of the brief given to us by LEGO involved us introducing the Turtles to a brand new audience. It was easy for the team in the office (who used to play with the Turtles toys as kids) to forget that the majority of the target audience will not have heard of the Turtles yet!




After coming up with a number of ideas, and pitching a small selection to LEGO, we started producing LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ninja Training.




Following in the footsteps of games such as Parappa The Rapper and Dance Dance Revolution we decided to create a game where the player follows on-screen instructions to make their character move in a particular way. This allowed us to introduce the Turtles, one by one, to 'train' with their leader – Splinter. During each session with an individual turtle the player carries out the standard ninja moves, such as kicking and punching, as well as their own special move, which helps to show off their individual personalities.


End Animation


At the end of the game, once each turtle has completed their training, an animation shows the Turtles heading to street level, to see their friend April. However, just as they greet her she is whisked away by the evil Shredder on his bike. We finish with a 'To Be Continued…' message to build excitement for the second game we are making – a side-scrolling platformer, in which the turtles race through the streets to save April!