A Fun 80's Animal RPG [ edit ]
At first glance the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness RPG should be perfect for furry fans, because the "Other Strangeness" refers to the game letting you create all kinds of humanoid animal characters.
While of course you can play as the famous TMNT themselves, the game also lets you create your own mutant humanoid animal characters. There are tons of animal options in just the core book, and in the game's variety of supplements you can also find rules for many more animals, from all over the globe, and even back in time (one book offers dinosaur characters)!
The Rules Are ... Sparse [ edit ]
But once you create your character, the trouble starts, because TMNT & Other Strangeness is based on one of the very earliest versions of the Palladium Rules system ... and even the latest version of that system was rather unpopular.
Just to give you a sense, consider that this RPG is based on incredibly popular source material, and has been around long enough to gather plenty of reviews ...Despite being based on incredibly popular source material, and being beloved purely for nostalgia reasons, the TMNT game itself sits (at the time of writing) at #574 on RPG Geek.
Ultimately, while the rules of TMNT & Other Strangeness certainly are viable, their design is antiquated, and while some parts are needlessly complex, many other parts are completely left out, leaving it up to the GM to try and smooth over the form and improvise to make up for the latter.
Good For Palladium Fans, But There are Other Options [ edit ]
Because of the game's weak popularity and very sparse rules, it's hard to recommend it to most gamers. Gamers who are already fans of Palladium's system will be able to "fill in the gaps", but everyone else will have to improvise a lot to run TMNT & Other Strangeness.
Fortunately, this game isn't the only way to role-play as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, and in fact we have an entire page dedicated to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle RPG options. For most looking to play animal crime fighting characters, the other options on that page will likely be more attractive.