Not an American user?


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 Amiga Clearing a path
Turrican Amstrad CPC Face to face with a flying dragon
Turrican TurboGrafx-16 Using a special attack
Turrican Amiga Level exit with boss

Alternate Titles

  • "Hurrican" -- Working title

Part of the Following Group

User Reviews

Turrican-can ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)
Revolutionary platformer game on 8-bit computers? Amstrad CPC Wurstwest (187)

Critic Reviews Commodore 64 Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94
CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1990 91 out of 100 91
64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy May, 1992 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80 Genesis Aug, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1991 72 out of 100 72
All Game Guide Game Boy 1998 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (45631)
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)
Information also contributed by irelandgamer94 and Sciere.

Related Web Sites

Contributed to by Quapil (4721), POMAH (37454), Famine3h (298), RKL (5606), Martin Smith (62978), MAT (129588), quizzley7 (21163) and ケヴィン (4081)