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In Terraforming, the human race has fled into the depths of space after Earth has become uninhabitable. As a result, they travel from planet to planet in an attempt to find a planet suitable enough to terraform into a new Earth. Along the way they encounter alien races which they must destroy in an attempt to survive and continue the human race.

The gameplay is a basic side-scrolling shooter, shooting down enemy space ships, picking up power-ups and health icons and upgrading main and secondary weapons along with the obligatory huge stage bosses. The most notable feature of the game is the work done by Syd Mead, a special effects artist for such films as Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Blade Runner, Aliens, 2010 and as recent as Mission Impossible III.


Syd Mead's Terraforming TurboGrafx CD Title screen
Syd Mead's Terraforming TurboGrafx CD Let's begin...
Syd Mead's Terraforming TurboGrafx CD This boss is a lava pool with three arms. Gotta accept the cultural diversity of this planet
Syd Mead's Terraforming TurboGrafx CD The first boss is a rather melancholic fish with serious psychological problems

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Alternate Titles

  • "テラフォーミング" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Feb 18, 2011 C 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 1994 16 out of 40 40
Video Games Jun, 1992 2 out of 5 40


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Big John WV (27240) added Syd Mead's Terraforming (TurboGrafx CD) on Jan 12, 2009