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Super Turrican is the next generation installment of the famous Turrican Series. Once again it is up to the U.S.S. Freedom Forces to get into their Turrican Assault Suits and drive back the forces of "The Machine".

Similar to it's predecessors, Super Turican features large levels that are crammed with secrets and can be explored freely and in any direction. To get rid of the numerous enemies, Turrican can use three upgradeable shots: A spreadshot, a powerful laser and a rebound that bounces off of walls. Additionally, there is a Freeze-Beam that can be used to temporarily freeze enemies. It is fully rotatable, and therefor also a great help in discovering secret capsules. These capsules contain powerups and can often be used to reach secret areas. Last but not least, Turrican has the ability to transform into an energy wheel (as long as he has enough special energy), which enables him to lay mines and even makes him invincible.


Super Turrican SNES Turrican can also shoot underwater
Super Turrican SNES These little guys can be destroyed by jumping on them in Super Mario-fashion
Super Turrican SNES Looking for secret stuff in the first area of the game
Super Turrican SNES Calculating the jump distance, this life can correctly be handle.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Super Turrican 1" -- Informal title
  • "スーパータリカン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Turrican has returned like never before! Isaac Miles (5) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Nov, 1993 9.1 out of 10 91
1UP! Mar 13, 2015 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Jul, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) Oct, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
Nintendo Magazine System UK Aug, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Super Play (UK) Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1993 32 out of 40 80
Game Informer Magazine 2006 8 out of 10 80 Oct 18, 2013 15 out of 20 75 Jun, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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Cut content

The game was originally developed as 6Mbit module, but in the end the developers had to change it to 4Mbit. To fit the game, they had to cut a full level. As of early 2013, the uncut ROM is unreleased but still exists.


  • The planet on which the action of Super Turrican takes place is called Katakis, which is also the title of a side-scrolling shoot'em up developed by Factor 5, the team responsible for Super Turrican.
  • In the intro, the planet is classified as "mostly harmless", which is most likely a reference to Douglas Adams' famous book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which the earth is described as "mostly harmless"

Related Web Sites

  • Turrican SETA (A great (95% English) site that contains lots of information on every Turrican game for every platform, as well as background info on Turrican-related game editors, freeware games similar to Turrican, and even screenshots of the cancelled Turrican 3D.)
Mobygamesisreanimated (11177) added Super Turrican (SNES) on Sep 14, 2004
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