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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 Title screen
Super Turrican SNES The final boss. Defeat him and save Katakis, the dominated planet!
Super Turrican SNES Freezing an enemy
Super Turrican SNES This boss launches an attack that covers the entire screen. But a way exists to escape of this. Always has!

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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! SNES Isaac Miles (5)

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited SNES Nov, 1993 9.1 out of 10 91
1UP! SNES Mar 13, 2015 90 out of 100 90
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1993 1.75 out of 6 85
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Aug, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Game Informer Magazine SNES 2006 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 01, 2008 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Super Play (UK) SNES Aug, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Jeuxvideo.com SNES Oct 18, 2013 15 out of 20 75
Jeuxvideo.com Wii Oct 18, 2013 15 out of 20 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Mar 07, 2008 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. The original, larger version of the game was finally released in 2017 as a pack-in game for the Analogue Super NT console under the title Super Turrican: Director's Cut.


  • 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.)
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