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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 iPad Select your episode. There is only one to start with.
Tyrian DOS Wrecking ball
Tyrian iPad Game over
Tyrian DOS Select mode

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Tyrian Screenshot This screenshot later appeared at the Epic MegaGames website.
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User Reviews

Mighty DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A superbly varied game with lots of surprises DOS Retron (225)
The best shoot-'em-up for any platform, ever. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)
The BEST overhead shooter! DOS Peter Hall (150)
I used to think Shoot-em-up's were boring. Then I played Tyrian. DOS phanboy_iv (137)

Critic Reviews

TouchMyApps iPhone Aug 10, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gamer DOS Oct, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Next Generation DOS Nov, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1996 76 out of 100 76
Seven out of Ten iPhone Jul 06, 2010 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker DOS Jul, 1996 62 out of 100 62
Power Play DOS Jan, 1996 61 out of 100 61
Score DOS Oct, 1995 6 out of 10 60
Imperium Gier DOS 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.)
Contributed to by Sciere (715981) and IJan (1990)