In a surprising move, Netflix — yes, that Netflix — has added Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, one of 2022’s best games, to its mobile gaming lineup. And you can play it for free on iOS and Android devices with a Netflix subscription.
To play Shredder’s Revenge on your iOS or Android device, go to the App Store or Play Store and download TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge. Once the game finishes downloading, start it up, and you’ll be prompted to sign into Netflix. You don’t have to have the main Netflix app downloaded on your phone or tablet. It’s pretty easy.
Shredder’s Revenge is a classic Turtles beat-’em-up, taking heavy inspiration from the 1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time arcade game and the classic 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series. You play as Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Splinter, or April O’Neil (you unlock a new character when you finish the game), and you take on Bebop, Krang, Shredder, and more villains from the TV show.
The Netflix/mobile version of Shredder’s Revenge lets you team up with your friends for multiplayer online play. Just click the “Party Up” button on the bottom left side of the screen to create a party, find random players online, or join a party that’s already been created.
This is a huge get for Netflix. Developer Tribute Games and publisher Dotemu released Shredder’s Revenge in 2022 to a slew of positive reviews. On Metacritic, the Switch version of Shredder’s Revenge has a Metascore of 87. The game sold more than a million copies in just its first week. Shredder’s Revenge was also nominated at The Game Awards 2022 in the “Best Action Game” and “Best Multiplayer Game” categories.
Shredder’s Revenge even ended up on our list of top games of 2022.
Other games in the Netflix lineup include instantly forgettable titles like Puzzle Gods, Kentucky Route Zero, Twelve Minutes, Classic Solitaire NETFLIX, and Scriptic Netflix Edition.
I’ve finished Shredder’s Revenge on the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox, and I have to admit that this mobile version is pretty good. To be clear, this isn’t a watered-down version of the game — it’s the full game with all the levels, characters, modes, and achievements the other versions have. The sound and graphics are just as good as the console versions. The on-screen controls aren’t terrible, but they take some getting used to. Shredder’s Revenge is definitely a button masher, and it’s tough to gauge your attacks without any tactile feedback. If you’re serious about mobile gaming, it’s probably worth picking up a peripheral with physical buttons. The Backbone One is a really popular — albeit pricey — choice.
For me, Netflix’s iOS and Android versions of Shredder’s Revenge are easy recommendations. If you haven’t played Shredder’s Revenge on console, you’re getting the whole experience here without paying a dime. If you’ve played the game on other hardware, it’s awesome to have Don, Mikey, Raph, and Leo go anywhere with you. Shredder’s Revenge is the ultimate pick-up-and-play game, and that helps it transition really well to mobile devices.