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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.
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Average score: 72% (based on 10 ratings)
Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 59 ratings with 5 reviews)
The sheer amount of variation - each level seems to have its own graphics and style * The amount of customisations that can be made - from weapons to game play modes
You can get into some very hard hidden levels near the start of the game - near instant death.
The Bottom Line
One of the PC's best shooters. Varied graphics plus a huge range of weapons and other enhancements make this a game to play over and over again.
DOS · by Retron (222) · 2000
Really, I never saw the appeal of Shoot-em-up's. The screen auto-scrolls, you scotch-tape the fire button down, and get killed by swarms of bullets. I found these games, well, boring. When I mentioned this to a friend, he smiled knowingly and said, "You haven't played Tyrian, have you?"
Tyrian is shoot-em-up. But it is so masterfully done, the gameplay is so fast and addictive, the graphics and music are so vibrant, the shipbuilding and humor are so captivating, that Tyrian ends up being the best of the bunch, and defines the genre in the same way that DOOM defined first-person shooters.
Tyrian, like many games from the shareware heyday, is episodic. In between each mission, you can purchase parts, weapons, and new ships with the money you gained from killing swarms of enemies. Interestingly, the plot is revealed via datacubes, which can be picked up after you destroy certain enemies. You'd think a plot in a game like this would be throwaway, but again Tyrian surprises with humor and a surprisingly epic plot that truly entices you to proceed.
The game is split into four episodes, and has enough difficulty levels to challenge any veteran. Unique weapons and ship customization options abound, and playing though the game with a new ship build contributes greatly to Tyrian's replayability. And trust me, you will replay this game.
Really, the only bad thing about Tyrian is the desire for more you're left with after you finish it.
The Bottom Line
If you don't like shooters, try Tyrian. If you do and you haven't tried it yet, you are in for the treat of your life. Tyrian is one of those masterful game that hits all the right notes, and so becomes something legendary. Tyrian is hands down the best shooter ever, and is so good it deserves to be played even by people who don't dig the genre.
DOS · by phanboy_iv (84) · 2008
Essentially the last word in PC-based vertically-scrolling shoot-em-ups, this arrived just as the PC world was going mad for 'Doom' and its ilk. Graphically it's very nice - big sprites zoom around smoothly over colourful backdrops, and the sound and music are also top. Best of all, there are loads of hidden bits - from sub-games, to banana-bombs, to a clever segment in which you play the game in a capturedenemy fighter.
I seem to remember that it wasn't all that tricky to finish, although the hidden bits helped extend the lifespan. It might be quite hard to register this nowadays, although a 'sequel' was produced quite recently
The Bottom Line
A classic, 'Terra Cresta'-esque vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up with lots of hidden bits.
DOS · by Ashley Pomeroy (225) · 2000
There has been a major revision of Tyrian (2.0) that all users should upgrade to if they haven't already. Some major bugs have been fixed.
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Game added by IJan.
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Game added December 17th, 1999. Last modified August 14th, 2023.