As a free download intended to promote the upcoming Michael Bay movie, the question we need to answer here is not in regards to value for money but if it’s worth wasting valuable time on. If you have a hankering for some easy achievements, then the answer is yes. Low budget and bare-boned, this is about all the Kinect-only TMNT Training Lair has to offer.
We were hoping for something similar to Half Brick’s masterful Fruit Ninja Kinect, but instead what we have here are five extremely short score-based stages that can be beaten by frantic arm waving and little more. Wooden boards have to be broken and statues smashed while dodging the occasional shuriken and mutagen canister (oddly referred to as “bombs”). Pizzas that significantly boost your score fly across the screen at the end of each round – moving your head over these to “eat” them is critical to beating a stage’s target score. Curiously, the US version featured Pizza Hutt branded boxes – these are absent for the UK.
Each training lair places a different weapon in the hands of your on-screen augmented reality self. This doesn’t do much in favour for variety, as no new hazards or breakable objects are introduced after the first stage.
Donatello’s staff and Leonardo’s swords have such a wide reach that it’s almost impossible not to hit every target. Raphael and Michelangelo’s on the other hand generate a couple of minor problems. Raphael’s sai can be thrown but the method so clumsy that it proves a challenge to hit the objects that fall down the far side of the screen. Mike’s constantly spinning nunchaku meanwhile have a habit of cracking open the mutagen canisters you’re meant to avoid.