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The Earth is separated by an invisible barrier from the Lost Land, a realm in which time has no meaning, and which is inhabited by ferocious dinosaurs and aliens. For many generations, the mantle of Turok has been bestowed upon those who saw the protection of the barrier as their sacred duty. But an evil lord named Campaigner is seeking for an artifact that is capable of destroying the barrier, striving to dominate the entire universe. This artifact, known as the Chronoscepter, was broken into pieces which were then hidden away. Tal'Set, a Native American and the last Turok, must find the scattered pieces of the Chronoscepter, and stop the Campaigner from obtaining them.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a first-person shooter with platforming and light puzzle-solving elements. Much of the game is set in outdoor environments, and requires the player to explore them by finding various paths, jumping, swimming, and climbing. The game's most notable enemies are dinosaurs of various sizes, though the levels also include human and demonic enemies, as well as wildlife. The player gradually gains access to thirteen weapons (plus the Chronoscepter, assembling which is the game's main objective); these include a knife, a bow, as well as high-tech firearms such as a rocket launcher and an atomic fusion cannon.


Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Nintendo 64 Don't run!
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Nintendo 64 Title screen / Main menu.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Nintendo 64 Making your way across a narrow log bridge
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Nintendo 64 Swimming

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Alternate Titles

  • "時空戦士テュロック" -- Japanese spelling
  • "恐龙猎人" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Turok: Łowca Dinozaurów" -- Polish title
  • "Turok: Cazador de Dinosaurios" -- Spanish title
  • "Tokisora Senshi Turok" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

No first-person shooters featured dinosaurs ... until now Katakis | カタキス (43089) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Turok is full of silly spectacles Kaddy B. (796) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
A Basic N64 Action Game Matt Neuteboom (989) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
This game is a lot of fun! Ben Fahy (94) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is just plain fun! Ian Dawson (10) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1997 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamePro (US) Apr, 1997 5 out of 5 100
64 Extreme Apr, 1997 97 out of 100 97
Consoles Plus Mar, 1997 96 out of 100 96
X64 Oct, 1997 91 out of 100 91
Video Games Feb, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Super Power Jul, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Gaming Age Sep 19, 2004 89 out of 100 89
Retroage Jan 30, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Mar, 1997 27.5 out of 40 69


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Console Firsts

Was the first 1st-person shooter on the console. It was also the first third-party release for the Nintendo 64.

German Censorship

The German version of the game was censored. All human opponents were replaced by robots - some of them were exclusively modeled for this release, others were just taken from the last level of the game and used throughout all the other levels as well.

Japanese Title

The Japanese title translates to Space-time Soldier Turok in English.

Memory Card Goof

In the United Kingdom, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter was the first N64 game released there to require an expansion memory-card in order to save your in-game progress. The only problem was, Nintendo had not yet made their official memory-cards available for retail sale in the UK. Scrambling to meet market immediate market demand, third-party accessory manufacturers were able to swoop in and fill the gap. A notable misstep by Nintendo which could have tanked the release of Turok for the UK.


The soundtrack has only five original tracks from the game. There are also four official remixes included as a bonus. The soundtrack was released in 1997.
  1. Technosaur Radio Edit
  2. Deep Jungle Mix
  3. Tyranosaur Club Edit
  4. Rokozor
  5. The Jungle
  6. Boss Encounter
  7. The Treetops
  8. Lava Land
  9. Campanier Boss Encounter
Songs from 1-4 are official remixes, and songs from 5-9 are general tracks from the in the game. The whole soundtrack runs just under 40 minutes.

Turok Origins

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is based on a comic book series of the same name, and not the other way around as most people seem to think. The series is published by Acclaim Comics and written by the great Fabian Nicieza.

Iguana, who were owned by Acclaim at the time, developed the original Turok. A year or so later, Acclaim merged Iguana and Probe, one of the other developers owned by Acclaim, into one single developers' house, Acclaim Inc.

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