By: Derek Yu

On: June 20th, 2007


First, just let me get this out of the way:



I’m not that familiar with the Turrican series of games, but apparently they’re pretty sweet. Well, if Hurrican is any indication, I can see why the original was so popular. The action is fast-paced, the levels are large and free-roaming, and the word of the day seems to be “MORE”… more secrets, more explosions, more weaponry. This is definitely 80’s era gaming right here, repackaged for new computers. And I’m not really a huge fan of 3d pre-rendered graphics, but it works here.

If there’s one thing I don’t like, though, it’s the way the screen scrolls whenever i hold up or down. It’s really kind of annoying…

But apparently later versions of Hurrican will feature a level editor for sharing and playing user-created levels, as well as the ability to customize the graphics. Nice!

(Source: Indygamer)

Video in the extended.

  • Penishead

    Di5 shit r0x0rz da hou53 beatch3s. r0x0r 0n.

  • Shabadage

    You bastard. Now I have the Scorpions in my head. You evil, evil bastard.

  • jonathan mak

    here’s a couple vids of this guy playing the turrican theme song using just drums with triggers.

    he starts off mental, yet manages to end mentaler. it doesn’t matter if that’s not a word.

  • Dominic White

    As I posted on that other notable indie gaming blog, this bears repeating:

    The game really is a lot better if you have a decent gamepad (such as the 360 USB controller). Keyboard just doesn’t cut it for Turrican nowadays.

    My setup is as follows:

    Left bumper – Fire
    Right bumper – Jump
    X Button – Power Wave
    Y Button – Grenade
    B Button – Shockwave
    A Button – Lightning Gun
    Left trigger – Cycle Weapons (doesn’t work?)
    Right trigger – Look down

    There, everything you could need. It’s far more playable when you can aim and shoot AND fire lightning-charge shots without having to move your fingers.

  • Xander

    Yeah, I’m doing a similar thing. And no, for some reason it’s impossible to change weapons. It’s a fun game, but I simply don’t like being denied my full arsenal (I’ve just in the last 3 hours become an Armored Core freak… Guns + Mechs = Customisation!). It felt a little too easy as well, but maybe that’s because of Ghouls and Ghosts and Nikujin overload. I’ll have to give it more of a playthough later on.

  • FireSword

    I prefer to play with the original, which is legally downloadable and playable trough winuae emulator.

    Turrican 1

    Amiga Emulator

  • qnp

    I was raised on Turrican II so to speak and I must say those pre-rendered graphics are a little bit of a turn off.
    If the game mechanics are as smooth as the originals I might be persuaded though.

    Don’t think it’s legal to run Turrican or the emulator if you don’t own the original game and/or machine. (Kickstart is not free to distribute, remember ;) )

  • FireSword

    at qnp.

    You are right Kickstart (Amiga bios?) is copyrighted (god knows why) but.. winuae has a built-in kickstart which allow you to run games either if u don’t have original bios-dumped-rom.

    For the roms on the factor 5 site, state the same thing u said, but the download is there, free for everyone turrican 123, so they will never call you asking if u have a rotten amiga disk of turrican. And they know u don’t have it. ;P

  • Isador21

    Seems nice, Ima try it …
    But still, games made by pixel look better than games made with pre-rendered 3D …

  • Dominic White

    Again, via Indy Gaming Source, I found out why the weapon select button isn’t working – apparently it’s bugged in this version. You can change primary weapons with the 1-3 buttons, though.

    I used Joy2Key ( to bind those buttons to my gamepad. Now the game is a bit easier – now it’s only as hard as Battletoads. I don’t see myself beating this one in a couple of days, even if it is ‘just’ nine levels (initially).

    This game gets better the further you play. I just managed to scrape through to level 4 – level 3 was amazingly intense. It might be heresy around these parts, but I’d say that this is one of those fan-made remakes/sequels (it’s closer to a sequel – the level design is new) that actually surpasses the original.

    I thought the prerendered chromey sprites would be a turnoff, but it actually suits the theme and tone of the game perfectly (the Turrican games have always been full of shiny, chromed objects), and everything is animated well enough.

    I highly reccomend this to everyone who likes old-school platfomers (and this really is shooter excess – there are FIVE FIRE BUTTONS) and being challenged. I don’t reccomend this to people who lack the reflexes of an amphetamine-sozzled hummingbird.

    Well, there’s always easy mode, but I haven’t played a game on Easy since Breakdown on the Xbox, and that was a special exception as it’s one of the hardest games ever made.

  • Shabadage

    Pfft, Wii-Mote FTW

  • haowan

    Too many fire buttons :(

    Otherwise, a great game :)