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Turrican

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Atari ST
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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 After picking up a jet-pack, the level scrolls up
Turrican Commodore 64 The iron fist
Turrican Commodore 64 The giant piranha
Turrican Amstrad CPC Title

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 (156)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jun, 1990 94 out of 100 94
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1990 11 out of 12 92
CU Amiga Amiga Jun, 1990 91 out of 100 91
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 901 out of 1000 90
ST-Computer Atari ST Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Datormagazin Amiga May 23, 1990 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1992 70 out of 100 70
The Video Game Critic Genesis Apr 27, 2008 D 25

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (43949)
Oct 20, 2011

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
  • 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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