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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 TurboGrafx-16 A meteorite is about to squash the Turrican
Turrican TurboGrafx-16 You can shoot blocks like these to open up a new path
Turrican ZX Spectrum Loading
Turrican Commodore 64 Fighting two "face-huggers"

Alternate Titles

  • "Hurrican" -- Working title

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Turrican-can ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)
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Critic Reviews

The One for ST Games Atari ST Nov, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Pixel-Heroes.de Amiga Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1990 92 out of 100 92
Power Play Amiga Jun, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Games Amiga Feb, 1993 80 out of 100 80
ST Format Atari ST Feb, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Mean Machines Genesis Oct, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1992 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Game Boy Feb, 1992 51 out of 100 51
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 (45149)
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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