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Turrican

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
89
3.8
Commodore 64
90
3.9
TurboGrafx-16
...
3.4
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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 Commodore 64 Another boss-fight
Turrican Genesis Blast them!
Turrican Amiga Spiky-flying boss thing
Turrican Amiga Rainbow Arts logo

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 (176)

The Press Says

GamesCollection Amiga Nov 13, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95
Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 92 out of 100 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 11 out of 12 92
Player One Game Boy Jul, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Svenska Hemdatornytt Commodore 64 Apr, 1990 81.25 out of 100 81
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Mean Machines Genesis Oct, 1991 73 out of 100 73
Power Play Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 71 out of 100 71

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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"
  • 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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