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Super Turrican

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Super Turrican is the next generation installment of the famous Turrican Series. Once again it is up to the U.S.S. Freedom Forces to get into their Turrican Assault Suits and drive back the forces of "The Machine".

Similar to it's predecessors, Super Turican features large levels that are crammed with secrets and can be explored freely and in any direction. To get rid of the numerous enemies, Turrican can use three upgradeable shots: A spreadshot, a powerful laser and a rebound that bounces off of walls. Additionally, there is a Freeze-Beam that can be used to temporarily freeze enemies. It is fully rotatable, and therefor also a great help in discovering secret capsules. These capsules contain powerups and can often be used to reach secret areas. Last but not least, Turrican has the ability to transform into an energy wheel (as long as he has enough special energy), which enables him to lay mines and even makes him invincible.


Super Turrican SNES ...There are even Face-Huggers
Super Turrican SNES Large enemies
Super Turrican SNES This boss launches an attack that covers the entire screen. But a way exists to escape of this. Always has!
Super Turrican SNES Looking for secret stuff in the first area of the game

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Turrican 1" -- Informal title
  • "スーパータリカン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Turrican has returned like never before! SNES Isaac Miles (5)

The Press Says

Power Unlimited SNES Nov, 1993 9.1 out of 10 91
neXGam SNES Dec 27, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun SNES Jul, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
IGN Wii Mar 18, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Aug, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Super Play Magazine UK SNES Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Game Informer Magazine SNES 2006 8 out of 10 80
Video Games SNES Sep, 1993 76 out of 100 76 SNES Oct 18, 2013 15 out of 20 75


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Cut content

The game was originally developed as 6Mbit module, but in the end the developers had to change it to 4Mbit. To fit the game, they had to cut a full level. As of early 2013, the uncut ROM is unreleased but still exists.


  • The planet on which the action of Super Turrican takes place is called Katakis, which is also the title of a side-scrolling shoot'em up developed by Factor 5, the team responsible for Super Turrican.
  • In the intro, the planet is classified as "mostly harmless", which is most likely a reference to Douglas Adams' famous book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which the earth is described as "mostly harmless"

Related Web Sites

  • Turrican SETA (A great (95% English) site that contains lots of information on every Turrican game for every platform, as well as background info on Turrican-related game editors, freeware games similar to Turrican, and even screenshots of the cancelled Turrican 3D.)
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