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The first afternoon I played the new board game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, my friends and I had been ninja fighting for an hour before someone realized that Leonardo had a special ability: he could flip right over the heads of two street toughs to prevent them from getting away. My friend was so excited by this revelation that he grabbed the Leo figure and played-acted a physical flip up and over the thugs.

Turtle power!

Cowabunga! Playing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ new sewer-crawl board game

Shadows of the Past comes from IDW Games, the gaming division of the same company publishing the latest iteration of the Turtles’ comic books.

The game is built around its own simple narrative that covers 16 possible battles. One player controls the Big Bad, Shredder, and oversees all the villain action in the game, while all other players control the four Turtles.
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