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Three-headed demon Morgul has been influencing people's dreams to create nightmares, but more recently these nightmares have become real. Only Turrican can save them in this fast paced side scrolling shoot-em up. It features 5 worlds and 13 levels of challenging gameplay.

Gameplay is conceptually simple: just jump, shoot and explore. However, this game puts a lot of emphasis on finding and using the 10 different weapons Turrican can collect.


Turrican Commodore 64 Using the rotatable laser to clear the way
Turrican Genesis Blast them!
Turrican Genesis Going down
Turrican TurboGrafx-16 Just another structure

Alternate Titles

  • "Hurrican" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Turrican-can ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)
Revolutionary platformer game on 8-bit computers? Amstrad CPC Wertzui (156)

The Press Says

Micro News Amiga May, 1990 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100 Amiga Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
GamesCollection Amiga Nov 13, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94 Amiga Feb 13, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy May, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Joker Amiga Apr, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Datormagazin Amiga May 23, 1990 8 out of 10 80
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Mean Machines Genesis Oct, 1991 73 out of 100 73


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no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (43972)
Oct 20, 2011



The cover art for the Game Boy, Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx-16 was painted by Julie Bell and is entitled Turrican.

Player character

The player character was originally much thinner, but feedback from a British associate ("too girly") convinced the developers to make a last minute change. The original character can be seen on the Amiga back cover.


The title screen of Turrican was obviously inspired by the cover of the Manowar album Kings of Metal.


In June 2007, a freeware Windows remake with the title Hurrican was released.


The name Turrican comes from the Italian name "Turricano", which the developers found in a phone book of Düsseldorf (Germany).


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 01/1991 – Best Action Game in 1990
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1991 - Best Sound in 1990 (Amiga version)
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #100 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)
Information also contributed by irelandgamer94 and Sciere.

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