Turrican

Critic Score User Score
ZX Spectrum
...
3.4
Amstrad CPC
...
3.7
Game Boy
65
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Turrican Atari ST High score entry
Turrican Amstrad CPC Killed an enemy
Turrican Amstrad CPC Startup
Turrican Genesis Main menu

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 Wertzui (187)

Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 May, 1990 93 out of 100 93
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1990 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Aug, 1990 912 out of 1000 91
CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Player One Game Boy Jul, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Pixel-Heroes.de TurboGrafx-16 Aug, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Video Games Game Boy Feb, 1992 51 out of 100 51

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no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (45005)
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Trivia

Cover

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.

References

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

Remake

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

Title

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

Awards

  • 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.

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