TMNT Mutant Madness Review: Action RPG Meets Idle Genre

Mutant Madness offers everything a TMNT fan wants! Legendary characters from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe, fast-paced battles and a totally new adventure that lets you form a squad of your favorite characters, such as Casey Jones, Splinter, April, Shredder, Leatherhead and of course our awesome foursome. Cowabunga!  

TMNT: Mutant Madness is not a complete idle game but certain gameplay features are quite like idle RPGs you have been playing on your Android device. There are auto battles, character and skill upgrades, and also an underground “Lair”, which is reminiscent of Fallout Shelter.  

The lair generates resources automatically, even when you are not playing. This review explains why TMNT Mutant Madness is so addicting despite offering the same old idle game mechanics. 

Gameplay and Combat  

Much like Idle RPGs, Mutant Madness has auto-combat. Characters chosen for your battle lineup fight enemies on their own. The game allows fully automated battles, but you can choose not to turn it into complete auto-battler by turning off the “Auto” button. When turned off, the button grays out.  

TMNT Mutant Madness
Using Super Skills

Disabling auto combat lets you have some control over your squad. You can choose when to use a character’s “Super Skill” during battle. I like how the game pauses when a character unleashes his/her skill. Everyone freezes and only that character shows off his special move, dealing damage to enemies. This makes battles even more interesting and fun to watch. Just wait when the energy bar fills up for all characters and tap on each character portrait to see their super skills in action!  

The game also lets you change the battle formation of your squad, which adds some strategic value to battles. Based on a character’s “role”, you can decide his/her best position to fight enemies. There are five roles – Tank, Brawler, Blaster, Support, Trickster and Skirmisher.  

Each role has a unique “role” (pun intended) to play during combat. A blaster can deal a lot of damage from a long range, whereas a skirmisher has high mobility that can infiltrate the back row, launching a surprise attack on unsuspecting enemy. You can change the position of each character according to his role to ensure a win. 

To know more about roles, formation and squad goals, check out these TMNT Mutant Madness Tips, Tricks and Strategies.

One of the best aspects of the game are characters. Each character has a unique personality, fight move and super skill. If you are a big fan of TMNT, then you will love every battle moment with these characters. You can collect them using hero bits, a currency that can be earned by completing adventure missions. You will need at least 1000 hero bits to summon a 2-star or 3-star hero.  

Story-Driven Idle Game  

TMNT: Mutant Madness is a story-driven idle game, so there won’t be a dull moment while playing. Comic book-style cut scenes continue with the story soon after you defeat mini-bosses at the end of an “adventure”.  

Comic book style cut scenes
Comic book panels

Each adventure is divided into multiple missions and completing them grants rewards, such as hero bits for summoning characters, ooze to train them, scrap to build and upgrade lair rooms. 

Complete all adventure missions, including boss mode that appears at the end of an adventure and you will receive a special quest rewards, unlock a TMNT character.  

The Lair  

The Lair feature reminds me of those rooms of the underground bunker in Fallout Shelter. It has various rooms that can produce resources, unlock special features, such as clan and the PvP “Dimension Clash” mode where you can battle other players for rewards. Resource producing rooms generate materials such as ooze, scraps and crystals every hour. 

The Lair
Fallout Shelter-like Lair

Rooms continue generating resources even when you are not playing. That’s the only “idle” part of this game. You can also boost production of lair rooms by watching an advert. Watching ads also increases adventure rewards that you receive after winning a battle mission.   

Hero Bundles and Boosters 

The game has IAPs in the form of hero bundles, boosters and special packs, but you don’t have to purchase them unless you want your favorite characters and resources instantly.  

You can keep playing without purchasing these bundles and packs. IAPs are quite unobtrusive. They will appear once when you open the app and then you won’t see them. You can, however, get access to them under “Featured Bundles” by tapping on a crate on the home screen.  

Wrapping it Up 

TMNT: Mutant Madness’s gameplay is pretty similar to Idle RPGs, but combat is excellent. Characters have unique super skills and it’s fun to watch the game pause when a character uses his skill. “Lair” adds some variety to the game, although it’s very similar to the underground rooms of Fallout Shelter.  

3D visuals are slick and the character models are straight out of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Legends video game. Overall, a fun game and a must-play title for TMNT fans!  

Last Updated on September 22, 2020 by Jude

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