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Description

Tyrian is a shoot 'em up with a complex plot. You play the role of Trent Hawkings, this galaxy's ace solo fighter-pilot, whose luck forces him to save the galaxy, one time after another. Again and again, Trent must fight off MicroSol, a company with the evil intent of taking over the galaxy. Through your struggles, you will find yourself again and again betrayed by friends and allies, your parents will be killed and you will have to return to points you've already been to (with variations on the levels) in order to remove further threats to the galaxy and to yourself, all for the ultimate goal of overthrowing MicroSol.

Tyrian also has two player arcade mode and supports network/modem/serial play. It features a multi-layered ship upgrade engine, in which you can change hulls, decide upon and upgrade your front and rear weapons, buy better shields and generators and even add ship "sidekicks". Tyrian's complete arsenal amound to over a dozen type of ships and over 100 weapon types.

Screenshots

Tyrian DOS Gauntlet
Tyrian DOS Meteorite's field
Tyrian iPad When you first load the game, it says you need to install the data files separately.
Tyrian iPad Select your episode. There is only one to start with.

Promo Images

Tyrian Screenshot The same scene is shown in the LineWars II preview, but with a different interface.
Tyrian Screenshot
Tyrian Logo
Tyrian Screenshot

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User Reviews

Mighty DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A superbly varied game with lots of surprises DOS Retron (168)
The BEST overhead shooter! DOS Peter Hall (126)
The best shoot-'em-up for any platform, ever. DOS Tomer Gabel (4351)
I used to think Shoot-em-up's were boring. Then I played Tyrian. DOS phanboy_iv (122)

Critic Reviews

TouchMyApps iPhone Aug 10, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gamer DOS Oct, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1996 76 out of 100 76
Seven out of Ten iPhone Jul 06, 2010 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker DOS Jul, 1996 62 out of 100 62
Power Play DOS Jan, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Score DOS Oct, 1995 6 out of 10 60
Imperium Gier DOS Jun 10, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

In the ordering information screens for LineWars 2, Safari Software was showing Tyrian as their upcoming game. The reason why it was released under Epic Megagames instead was because Epic bought out Safari Software before Tyrian's release.

Related Web Sites

  • Tyrian (official website)
  • Tyrian (project page for the iPhone version)
  • Tyrian fan page (Comprehensive fansite of all things Tyrian, including free, legal download of its shareware episode.)
Contributed to by Sciere (434259) and IJan (1908)