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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 Boss
Turrican Amstrad CPC Obtained a laser
Turrican Genesis Blast them!
Turrican Amiga Spiky-flying boss thing

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 Wertzui (174)

The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1990 94 out of 100 94
ST-Computer Atari ST Nov, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Atari ST User Atari ST Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy May, 1992 88 out of 100 88
ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 82 out of 100 82
Datormagazin Amiga May 23, 1990 8 out of 10 80
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Game Boy Mar, 1992 70 out of 100 70 Genesis Sep 17, 2007 3 out of 10 30


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no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (44454)
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
  • 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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