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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 Genesis Blast them!
Turrican TurboGrafx-16 Title
Turrican Commodore 64 Fighting two "face-huggers"
Turrican Amiga Underwater death by fire piranhas

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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 Wurtzly (1072)

Critic Reviews Atari ST Aug, 2003 10 out of 10 100
GamesCollection Amiga Nov 13, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Datormagazin Commodore 64 May 23, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1990 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga May, 1990 10.6 out of 12 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1990 871 out of 1000 87
Player One Game Boy Jul, 1992 85 out of 100 85
Tilt Amstrad CPC Sep, 1990 17 out of 20 85
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1991 72 out of 100 72
The Video Game Critic Genesis Apr 27, 2008 D 25


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no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (59603)
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.

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