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Based on the SNES TMNT 4: Turtles in Time, this is a classic "beat 'em up" 2D scroller, accomplished with React, Redux and CSS.
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TMNT React

TMNT React

This game is a simplified version of TMNT 4: Turtles in Time, a classic "beat 'em up" 2D scroller game on SNES. I utilized Redux to track character states, React and CSS to animate sprites and program the motion of characters.

How to Play

Click here. Press 'RIGHT' to move forward, 'UP' to jump, and 'SPACE' to attack.

Features and Implementation

Viewport that centers on Turtle


I used three components to setup the display frame:

  • Game creates a div to define the frame width and height.
  • Viewport is positioned absolute relative to Game
  • Stage is a child of Viewport, renders the location/environment and is sized with the full width of the stage level (i.e., the full distance that the turtle may potentially travel). This is where the Turtle component lives.

Moving the Turtle is simply updating its absolute left position relative to Stage, which is tracked via Redux. Viewport listens for changes to the turtle's left value, and sets its own left position as the negative of the turtle's position, when the Turtle reaches at least 1/4 through the Game frame width. Because Viewport is positioned absolute, a negative left position would place it to the left of the Game frame, creating the illusion of panning from left to right. When the Viewport changes its position as the turtle changes its position, it "follows" the turtle.

componentWillReceiveProps(newProps) {
  const {turtle: {pos: {left}}} = newProps;
  let newLeft;
  if (left > (FRAME_WIDTH / 4)) {
    newLeft = left * (-1) + (FRAME_WIDTH / 4);
  this.setState({left: newLeft});

Turtle Combo Attack

combo attack

To accomplish a combo attack, I use an array that tracks the number of times a player presses the 'attack' key. The Turtle component renders the appropriate sprites based on a set of conditions to determine if it's a combo attack.

setComboAttackSprite() {
  let attackSprite;
  if (this.combo.length === 1) {
    attackSprite = 'attack-1';
  } else if (this.combo.length === 2 && this.combo[1] - this.combo[0] < 450) {
    // if it's the second keydown & duration betw key presses is less than half sec, render the second attack sprite
    attackSprite = 'attack-2';
  } else if (this.combo.length === 3 && this.combo[2] - this.combo[1] < 450) {
     // if it's the third keydown & duration betw key presses is less than half sec, render the third attack sprite
    attackSprite = 'attack-3';
    this.combo = [];
  } else {
    // resets if the subsequent keydown is not within half sec of the prev keydown
    attackSprite = 'attack-1';
    this.combo = [];
  return attackSprite;

Foot Soldier

While the event handlers for controls are defined in the Turtle component, the logic for the interaction between the Turtle and Foot soldiers lives in the Foot component. Foot is a Redux container that listens for changes to Turtle position and actions (i.e., move or attack). This would minimize the number of operations in the game as the Turtle does not have to keep track of all the Foot soldiers in front of it, and only the Foot nearest to the turtle would update and re-render.

foot response

  • when Turtle approaches a Foot, Foot is "activated" by moving forward and attacking.
  • only the nearest Foot responds and re-renders when the Turtle approaches
  • additionally, while every Foot listens for Turtle changes, any change to Turtle state does not cause a re-render to Foot
shouldComponentUpdate(nextProps, nextState) {
  //re-render only if foot React state VALUES changed (i.e., ignore turtle state changes)
  if (JSON.stringify(nextState) !== JSON.stringify(this.state)) {
    return true;
  return false;

turtle attack

  • Foot listens for Turtle attacks, and reduces health when the attack lands within the Foot's hitbox
if (turtle.doing.includes('attack') && hasHorizontalCollision(turtle, foot)) {
  if (this.timeout) {
    clearTimeout(this.timeout); //stops foot from 'recovering from punch'
    this.timeout = null;
  if (this.footAttackInterval) {
    clearTimeout(this.footAttackInterval); //stops foot from attacking
    this.footAttackInterval = null;
  if (this.footWalkingInterval) {
    clearTimeout(this.footWalkingInterval); //stops foot from walking forward
    this.footWalkingInterval = null;
  newFoot = merge({}, foot);
  if ( > 0) { // to stop reducing health after foot's health is negative -= TURTLE_ATTACK_DAMAGE;
  this.setDamageSprite(newFoot); // render foot-hurt or foot-die sprite
  this.setState(newFoot); //reduce foot's React health

Future Directions

  • Add option to select any of the 4 turtles
  • Jump attack
  • Boss level
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