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Fun fact: This was the first video game I EVER played!
Now, I want to point out that this is not a walkthrough! (But it may turn into one!) This is just a guide to getting a perfect score in this game! Go to GameFAQs if you want to find a walkthrough!
This topic will give some tips and tricks to (hopefully, I haven't done so legitimately!) achieve a perfect score in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan!
One thing to keep in mind: THIS WILL BE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE WITHOUT SAVE STATES OR CHEATS!
The difficulty factor for doing this is 10 out of 10!
If you are in a pinch, pause the game, and then press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A! You will get a health refill! This will only work once, so use it wisely! This will be referred to as the Konami Code in this topic!
So the general things you do to score is defeating enemies, hazards, picking up pizzas, etc.
Each boss can award a maximum of 1800 points, 1000 for the clear, 100 for each point of life remaining!
Also, there are secret bonus games scattered through the stages, notably, the 3rd one! You try to hit as many targets as you can! If you hit every target, you will earn 1000 points! There are 3 of these in the game: One under a pipe in stage 1-4, one on the right of the first hanging piston in stage 2-1, and one right in the top left corner at the start of stage 5-1, which in my opinion, is if it weren't for the potential point bonus, it would be completely "pointless"! <See? Pac-Man gets it! (There was no pun intended for this!)
So in order to get a perfect score, you need to defeat every enemy & hazard, pick up all pizzas, get perfect in the 3rd bonus game 7, yes, 7 times, just read on, and defeat every boss with FULL HEALTH! As stated before, this is INCREDIBLY difficult to do, I haven't done it myself the "right" way! Why? Keep reading!
So what this guide will point out are just a few things to be aware of while attempting this, both on general terms, and on a few stages!
The #1 thing to be aware of is that IF YOU MISS ANYTHING AT ALL, then you miss the perfect score! YOU MUST START OVER AT THE VERY BEGINNING AND DO EVERYTHING AGAIN! EVERY TIME! IF YOU TAKE ENOUGH DAMAGE AND CANNOT GET A HEALTH PICK-UP BEFORE THE BOSS, START OVER! IF YOU GET HIT ONCE BY THE BOSS, START OVER! IF YOU MISS A TARGET IN THE BONUS GAME, START OVER! Look up the Konami code, and USE IT WHEN YOU HAVE TO! You can only use it once, so use it wisely! If you lose a turtle before 2-1, you must restart!
DO NOT USE THE KONAMI CODE UNTIL AFTER YOU ARE PAST 2-1! YOU WILL (MOST LIKELY) NEED IT!
Stage 1-1: Just defeat everything! The right barrel in the first pair of barrels you get to can be destroyed, and that's worth points! It also reveals a bonus game!
Stage 1-2: Near the end, there is a brick pillar with a short pipe coming out to the left, underneath it is a bonus game! Do not trigger it! Even if you need health! It will cause 2 bats to despawn, which prevents you from getting a perfect score! Sometimes 1 bat won't spawn, or despawns, in that case, you have to reset!
Stage 2-1: This stage has the most amount of points that can be scored in the game, so the reason to keep 4 turtles until you reach this stage is that you will need to sacrifice three of them!
What you need to do is make it through the stage defeating all but the last foot soldier (while perfecting the 3rd bonus game along the way) when you reach the end! At the end, there is a staircase! Don't go all the way, let the foot soldier get you to 1 HP, and then after that, defeat it! Go forward and a shell shocker (those giant balls that were rolling towards you earlier) will start rolling down the staircase! Get hit by it, and your turtle will be captured! Now repeat all of this (yes, do the bonus game again!) until you are down to your final turtle! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AT LEAST 4 HP WHEN YOU PASS! IF YOU HAVE LESS, YOU MAY HAVE TO START OVER! Pass the stage this time, and continue playing! However, as a consequence, you will now have only ONE TURTLE LEFT TO DO THIS! That, and doing everything perfectly, which means, if you miss anything at all, you might as well call it a day!
DANGER!!! IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN 4 HIT POINTS BEFORE YOU REACH THIS STAGE, YOU WILL NEED TO START OVER!!! THERE IS ONLY ONE HEALTH PICK-UP HERE (A WHOLE PIZZA, WHICH RESTORES 4 HP), AND IF IT DOESN'T REFILL YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY, YOU WILL NEED TO START OVER!!! AFTER GETTING THE PIZZA, IF YOU GET HIT ONCE, YOU WILL NEED TO START OVER!!! GOOD LUCK!!! IF YOU NEED TO, USE THE KONAMI CODE IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY (WHICH YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE USED IT BEFORE GETTING HERE!)!
This stage has vertical scrolling, so be careful for falling objects! There are fire pits all over the place, avoid them at all costs! Bouncing out of some of them are the "Not so great balls of fire", be careful while jumping, so they don't despawn! There is only ONE health pick-up here, and it is a whole pizza in a floating box! Breaking that box will give you points, do it! The box will disappear after a certain amount of time, so get it as quickly as possible! There are some fire pits around where the box floats around, so avoid those! For the rest of the stage, just be super careful, it is very difficult to make it to the end with full health! Also, if foot soldiers fall into a fire pit, they are destroyed immediately, and you get points for it! Don't try to lure them into any, you'll just get hurt trying to do so, and you risk making them disappearing by to the left!
Right at the end, a foot solder will drop a pizza, make sure you get it as quickly as you can, because when all enemies are gone you will automatically be transported to the boss, leaving it behind! Also, sometimes that foot solder (it's a white one that runs towards you from the left side of the screen) won't spawn if there are too many things there already! If that happens, you will HAVE! TO!! START!!! OVER!!!! AGAIN!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
Ho-boy... This stage... this flippin' stage... If you made it this far, well done...
There are SEVERAL major problems with this stage:
#1, Logs: While using them protects you from the hazards underneath, they can impede you from getting a perfect score by preventing you from destroying those hazards!
If you want, use these Gameshark codes to disable the logs:
#2, Doughnuts! These can be a real pain if you don't know how to deal with them! They can ONLY be destroyed safely with throwing stars if they are rolling on the ground, and there are TONS OF THEM!!! You MUST destroy all of them! Be quick about it as they will fall down the through the floor, in which you need to START OVARRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, and don't jump when any are on the screen, cuz' they'll despawn the MOMENT they leave the view!
#3, Mechanical fish: These aren't really too bad as an enemy, they just despawn after leaving the screen, so no biggie, you can just start from the beginning of the game if you jump at the wrong time...
#4, Raining foot soldiers: Need I say more?
#5, Read below!
So, when you get to the first drop off, there is an incline, walk straight into it (ignore everything), and the MOMENT you stop, crouch start fire throwing stars to the right! If your score doesn't increase (you should not hit anything else, so the score increase confirms that you got it), then start over (FROM THE BEGINNING!) What happened was that a fish was placed too far out to the right, and next to the right of the incline! It will spawn, then IMMEDIATLY turn around and despawn! You have about 0.5 to 1 second to defeat it before it's gone! Why it was placed there is a mystery!
And THEN, the trend of "impossible enemies" continues after reaching shallow waters:
Right as the ground starts dropping, a doughnut will fall and roll to the left: You CANNOT destroy this doughnut without cheats! It CANNOT EVEN HURT YOU! So that won't be required for a perfect score! Moving on!
Just move slowly and defeat everything one by one, and prepare for a difficult fight against the Shredder... Right at the beginning there is a bonus game at the top left of the screen! Try to get a health refill! From now on, there is no vertical scrolling, and all you do now defeat all the baddies, and beat the big baddies with full health! Also, all mousers from this point will pop out from the ground where you are standing!
If you made it this far, then well done! One last stage to crash through! The only advice is to do the bonus game at the start of the stage (which should put you at 30000, if not, you missed something! ) and beat all the enemies! New robots will start appearing and bounce over and try to shock you! The best way to take 'em out is to kick 'em out: one swift midair kick will defeat them instantly, and using your weapon will require 2 hits! After the first hit, after it lands, it will more than likely shock you, so jump! Hit it again to destroy it! It doesn't matter how you beat them, they will always giving 50 points, so I say just kick 'em away! Don't forget to use throwing stars on those darn doughnuts!
If you still kickin', then I really don't have anymore advice to give other then the usual! There is a bonus game at the beginning (three in a row), so do that, and get going! Try to maintain at least 4 HP throughout the stage, as right at the end, the second to last enemy will drop a whole pizza, so that should be enough to top your health! If not, then go down trying anyway-- it's the end game, so whatever! If you beat Krangg with full health (and a sore noggin), get up, and do a victory dance for getting a perfect score of 34890* in Fall of the Foot Clan, and brag to all your friends! You are beyond amazing and I salute you!
*Score is approximate!
And some tips:
Small hazards such as spikes, bricks, flying robots, "doughnuts", and anything else "small" will be destroyed if they hit you, and you will get points for it!
"Doughnuts" that are rolling on the ground can only be destroyed safely by using throwing stars (crouching and attacking)!
Small objects stated above (including mousers) will despawn if they vanish from view by scrolling vertically, which can be caused by jumping!
Take it slowly! If there are too many entities present at once, other ones won't spawn until the existing ones are taken out! You also want to be careful that a foot soldier doesn't suddenly drop on to you from the sky! This is especially notorious in stage 4-1!
The bonus games are your friends! Unless the guide says not to, take advantage of them!
Maximum scores for each stage (These are approximate, they may not be the same, but that's a general consensus of the scores!):
Stage 1-1: 770
Stage 1-2: 770
Stage 1-3: 1170
Stage 1-4: 2260
Stage 1-B: 1800
Stage 2-1: 2360x4 (HIGHEST!)
Stage 2-2: 1400 (Approx.)
Stage 2-B: 1800
Stage 3-1: 1630
Stage 3-B: 1800
Stage 4-1: 2220
Stage 4-2: 2010
Stage 4-B: 1800
Stage 5-1: 2230
Stage 5-2: 1860
Stage 5-B: 1800
Score after each stage (one turtle):
Stage 1-1: 770
Stage 1-2: 1540
Stage 1-3: 2710
Stage 1-4: 4970
Stage 1-B: 6770
Stage 2-1: 9130
Stage 2-2: 10530
Stage 2-B: 12330
Stage 3-1: 13960
Stage 3-B: 15760
Stage 4-1: 17970
Stage 4-2: 19980
Stage 4-B: 21780
Stage 5-1: 24010
Stage 5-2: 25870
Stage 5-B: 27670
Final score upon completion: Approx. 27670
Score after each stage (Four turtles on highest scoring stage):
Stage 1-1: 770
Stage 1-2: 1540
Stage 1-3: 2770
Stage 1-4: 5030
Stage 1-B: 6830
Stage 2-1: 16360
Stage 2-2: 17720
Stage 2-B: 19520
Stage 3-1: 21150
Stage 3-B: 22950
Stage 4-1: 25160
Stage 4-2: 27200
Stage 4-B: 29000
Stage 5-1: 31230
Stage 5-2: 33090
Stage 5-B: 34890
Final score upon completion: Approx. 34890
So there you have it! I wouldn't recommend this, but if you are feeling bold, go for it! There might even be a reward if can do it... (Points most likely!)
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