Turtle Bridge


Turtle Bridge (1st Issue)

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TL-28_Back1.jpg (155106 bytes)

TL-28_Side1.jpg (37251 bytes)

TL-28_Edge1.jpg (16659 bytes)

Turtle Bridge (2nd Issue)

TL-28_Front2.jpg (155594 bytes)

TL-28_Back2.jpg (185794 bytes)

TL-28_Side2.jpg (39130 bytes)

TL-28_Edge2.jpg (19319 bytes)


Date of Release: 1st February 1982

Model Nr: TL-28
Acronym: TurtLe
Rating: DC3V 0.0002W
Battery: Alkali-Manganese batteries LR43 (or SR43) x 2
Manufactured: Japan
Sold: Between 250,000-1,000,000 Worldwide
Nr. of players: 1
Lives: 3
Modes: Game A & Game B
Controls: Left and Right Button
Other Buttons: Game A, Game B, Time, Alarm & ACL


Your job is to bring parcels form one shore to the opposite. There are five turtles in the water between the two shores. You take one parcel, jump down on the first turtle and then on all the other turtles to reach the other shore. There you have give the parcel to another person. You have to go back to get a new parcel. Sometimes the turtles go down into the water to catch a fish, so you probably fall into the water and get a miss.

Game differences:

In Game B fishes rise from the centre of the screen. The moving speed of fishes also increase with score.


Maximum score is 9,999 and when the score reaches 200 & 500 (1,200, 1,500, ...... to 9,500) points all misses are cancelled. If there are no misses, game goes into 'Chance Time' for 20


 to 40 seconds when the turtles do not move and fish do not appear.

Cheats and tricks:

Remember if you don't move your character off the left bank within 8 seconds, he slips into the lake. Also in Game A, if you stand on the centre turtle for more than 2 minutes, fish begin rising from the centre also. Don't forget that you can only get back onto the left bank once you have delivered the baggage.
Number of fish increase with score. With each 100 points, they reduce in numbers, before increasing again. Here is your chance to take a small breather.


3 Points each time tourist hands over a piece of luggage. Extra points are scored each time tourist returns to the left bank. The faster you make the round trip the higher the score (Max 12 points, Min 2 points).


You get one miss, if you are on or jumping to a turtle that dives. Three misses (shown as turtles on the screen) and the game ends.

Other notices:

If you hold in Game A or Game B key the highest previous score will be displayed. The highest score will disappear if the ACL switch is pressed or if the batteries are detached. If the unit is left as it is after game is over, time display will appear in about five minutes. A game is not interrupted even if TIME key or other game keys are depressed during game playing.



Game (1st & 2nd Issue)


TL-28_Game1_Front.JPG (62738 bytes)

TL-28_Game1_Back.JPG (58364 bytes)


Game (3rd Issue)

TL-28_Game2_Front.JPG (64690 bytes)

TL-28_Game2_Back.JPG (58546 bytes)



112 mm (W)
67 mm (H)
11.5 mm (D)


Net Weight:


65g (Including Batteries)


Accuracy of Clock:


Average daily differential within +/- 3 secs. (under normal temperature)


Working Temperature:


10C - 40C (50F - 104F)


Life of the Battery:


Approx. 6 months


Alarm-Set Sign:




Alarm-On Sign:


Crab swings bell when alarm is on




Game A - 1,067 by Spinal
Game B - 530 by Spinal

To see the high scores please go HERE


Issue Differences (click to enlarge pictures)

The table will show how to tell the different Issues that were made:


Issue 1

Issue 2

Issue 3

Back Pictures of PR-21, OC-22, PP-23 and FR-27 Pictures of PR-21, OC-22, PP-23, FR-27 and ID-29 Pictures of PR-21, OC-22, PP-23, FR-27 and ID-29
Side Game & Watch Game & Watch Game & Watch
Edge #6000 Nintendo 1982 #6000 Nintendo 1982 Nintendo 1982
Inside flap Serial nr. matching game serial nr. Serial nr. matching game serial nr. No serial nr.


Serial nr. 11...... 12...... 19......
Data on back  TL-28_Data1.jpg (16304 bytes)
Nintendo Co.,Ltd. 1982
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Nintendo Co.,Ltd. 1982
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Nintendo 1982
Alarm & ACL      


Front Page Japanese Only TL-28_Page1a.jpg (59568 bytes)
Large text
TL-28_Page1.jpg (27439 bytes)
Small text, Corner tabs
Back Page Japanese Only    

The battery covers seem to have a number on the back, but they seem to vary a lot and I won't even speculate what the difference is.


Box Variations (Click to enlarge):

CGL Futuretronics
TL-28_Front_CGL.jpg (148103 bytes) TL-28_Back_CGL.jpg (134386 bytes)


TL-28_Front_Future.jpg (158540 bytes) TL-28_Back_Future.jpg (168995 bytes)


Pocketsize Ji21 (1st Issue)

Picture Wanted


TL-28_Front1_Ji21.jpg (147267 bytes) TL-28_Back1_Ji21.jpg (194959 bytes)


Ji21 (2nd Issue) Tric O tronic
TL-28_Front2_Ji21.jpg (151511 bytes) TL-28_Back2_Ji21.jpg (151732 bytes)


TL-28_Front_TricO.jpg (139380 bytes) TL-28_Back_TricO.jpg (153473 bytes)


VideoPoche Mego/Time-Out
TL-28_VP_Front.jpg (148384 bytes) TL-28_VP_Back.jpg (109108 bytes)




Carded Mini Classic




Game Variations:

CGL CGL (With Sticker)

TL-28_Game_CGL_Front.JPG (63365 bytes) TL-28_Game_CGL_Back.JPG (62008 bytes)


TL-28_CGL_Front.jpg (11795 bytes) TL-28_CGL_Back.jpg (5907 bytes)


Futuretronics Ji21
TL-28_Game_Future_Front.JPG (64866 bytes) TL-28_Game_Future_Back.JPG (60197 bytes)


Picture Wanted




TL-28_Turtle_Bridge_Bosch.jpg (60954 bytes)
Picture courtesy of Asgeir at www.gameandwatch.no


Shipping Box:

SB_TL-28.jpg (16856 bytes)
Fits 10 games


Instructions (English):

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Turtle_Bridge_TL-28_Page8.jpg (18973 bytes)


Instructions (Japanese):

Turtle_Bridge_TL-28_Page1a.jpg (38309 bytes)

Turtle_Bridge_TL-28_Page2a-3a.jpg (70269 bytes)
Index                                                                Page 1
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Page 12                                                           Page 13
Turtle_Bridge_TL-28_Page16a.jpg (43439 bytes)


Instruction Variations:

Ji21 (1st Issue) Ji21 (2nd Issue)


TL-28_Page1_Ji21.jpg (73980 bytes) TL-28_Page8_Ji21.jpg (91395 bytes)


tricOtronic VideoPoche
TL-28_Page1_TricO.jpg (62118 bytes) TL-28_Page8_TricO.jpg (43610 bytes)


TL-28_Page1_VP.jpg (72392 bytes)   A folded A4 paper


English (for the Japanese sold games) CSA (French)


Other Paperwork: