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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.


Tyrian DOS Space base
Tyrian DOS Meteorite's field
Tyrian DOS Destroy big enemy ship - now are just "enemy wings" and moneys
Tyrian DOS Like a river raid

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User Reviews

Mighty Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
A superbly varied game with lots of surprises Retron (225) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The best shoot-'em-up for any platform, ever. Tomer Gabel (4634) unrated
The BEST overhead shooter! Peter Hall (150) unrated
I used to think Shoot-em-up's were boring. Then I played Tyrian. phanboy_iv (137) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Gamer Oct, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Retro Archives Jan 03, 2020 16.5 out of 20 82
Next Generation Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1996 76 out of 100 76
PC Joker Jul, 1996 62 out of 100 62
Power Play Jan, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Score Oct, 1995 6 out of 10 60
Imperium Gier Jun 10, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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.

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.)
IJan (1990) added Tyrian (DOS) on Dec 17, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (789789)
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