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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 Game Boy Bats
Turrican Amstrad CPC Title
Turrican Amiga Bazooka jumping enemy
Turrican Amiga Giant metal hand boss

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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 Westwurtzly (191)

Critic Reviews

CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Datormagazin Commodore 64 May 23, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Apr, 1994 90 out of 100 90 Amiga Feb 13, 2008 9 out of 10 90
ST-Computer Atari ST Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 901 out of 1000 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1990 10.6 out of 12 88
Play Time Game Boy Feb, 1992 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Feb, 1992 4 out of 12 33


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no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (47935)
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
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #88 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • 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)
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