Turrican (ZX Spectrum)

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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 ZX Spectrum Long, painful fall
Turrican ZX Spectrum First enemies
Turrican ZX Spectrum shooting contraption
Turrican ZX Spectrum Flying snake

Alternate Titles

  • "Hurrican" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Turrican-can Ashley Pomeroy (233) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Crash! Jun, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Your Sinclair Aug, 1990 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Dec, 1990 871 out of 1000 87
Sinclair User Aug, 1990 79 out of 100 79


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no one but me cares about cover art 3 Pseudo_Intellectual (45149)
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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