Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Change is Constant Review

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Game title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Change is Constant

Game description: Battle with your brothers through the streets of New York City to defend your town from the sinister Baxter Stockman and his technological terrors! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Change Is Constant is a scenario-driven miniatures role-playing game created in IDW’s Adventures Universal Game System. Play as one of the four ninja turtles or Casey Jones, or take on the role of Baxter and command his robot fleet, including the menacing Mega-Mouser. This all-new entry into the Adventures Universal Game System features a brand-new campaign and two different modes of play: 1 vs. Many and fully Co-operative! Each Adventures game is both stand-alone and compatible with other games in the system! Mix and match characters from each game to create custom scenarios!

Overall
3.8
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Back in 2016, I took a look at IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past. It’s a great game that still holds up after4 years. Last year IDW Games Kickstarted two new TMNT games, Change is Constant and City Fall, both using a new streamlined version of IDW’s Adventures Universal Game System. These two new games follow the IDW Publishing TMNT comics and contain a ton of new miniatures and materials.

Pros

  • Streamlined gameplay
  • Cooperative mode
  • Amazing miniatures

Cons

  • Rulebook isn’t laid out well, leading to confusion
  • Pricey

Full Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Change is Constant Review

Back in 2016, I took a look at IDW Games’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past. It’s a great game that still holds up after4 years. Last year IDW Games Kickstarted two new TMNT games, Change is Constant and City Fall, both using a new streamlined version of IDW’s Adventures Universal Game System. These two new games follow the IDW Publishing TMNT comics and contain a ton of new miniatures and materials.

Change is Constant is the first of the two new boxed sets and covers the first few volumes of the IDW TMNT comics. It contains the 4 Turtles and Casey Jones as playable heroes, and Baxter Stockman, Alopex, and Old Hob as villains. There’s also a slew of thugs, Foot, and mousers tossed in. Change is Constant is fully compatible with City Fall (vol 2), and even with Shadows of the Past with a few minor tweaks to some of the mechanics.

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This new TMNT set is extremely similar to its predecessor. It’s just been cleaned up and given an option for players to play cooperatively without the need for a villain player. Decks of AI cards handle all the villain actions which a extremely refreshing. You can still play 1 vs Many if you’d like. Rules for both modes of play are included in the rule book.

All the excellence of Shadows of the Past is still present. Dice sharing, story paths based on wins/losses of scenarios, and amazing miniatures are all present. Unfortunately, while the system has been fixed up and given a new coat of paint, the rule book is fairly poorly laid out and a bit confusing in some places. Watching a “How to Play” video on the internet is highly recommended.

That being said, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Change is Constant is an amazing game with plenty of fun-packed inside the box. It is still one of the best-licensed games out there and that’s without even cracking into the City Fall box. Each boxed set runs $125, which is a bit pricey but is worth every cent. Even if you already own Shadows of the Past it’s worth picking up one or both of the new games. I only wish I had all that sweet Kickstarter content to go along with it.

A copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: Change is Constant was provided free for review by IDW Games

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