Mega Turrican

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Mega Turrican
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.95[1] T-13086
Sega Mega Drive
£? T-93246-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-93246-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-93246-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-93246-50

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Mega Turrican is an entry in the Turrican series, released for the Sega Mega Drive in 1994. It is technically a direct sequel to Turrican II, which saw release on the system in the rebranded form, Universal Soldier (which in itself is a sequel to Turrican).


Mega Turrican was the first and only Turrican game to be produced with Sega hardware in mind. It was developed and completed in 1993 by Factor 5, however was put on hiatus due to an inability to find a publisher for the game. Rainbow Arts, responsible for the original releases on home computers such as the Amiga, were unable to publish it themselves, however would go on to publish an Amiga port of the game by NEON Studios, relabeled Turrican 3. The Amiga version of the game was consequently released before the Mega Drive version, despite being finished at a later date.

Mega Turrican was eventually published in 1994 by Data East in North America, and Sony Electronic Publishing in Europe. Much of the content of Mega Turrican (most notably the music) was recycled for use in the Super Nintendo game, Super Turrican.

Production credits

A Factor 5 Production
A Game by Thomas Engel
Mega Turrican
  • Designed by: Thomas Engel, Frank Matzke, Julian Eggebrecht
  • Main Programming: Thomas Engel
  • Additional Programming: Holger Schmidt
  • Graphics Design: Frank Matzke
  • Additional Graphics: Ramiro Vaca
  • Music and Soundeffects: Chris Hülsbeck
  • Map Design: Thomas Engel, Julian Eggebrecht, Willi Bäcker, Lutz Osterkorn
  • Additional Production and Support: Rene Henke, Silvia Schmidt, Anja, Jens Petersam, Peter Drescher, Rudolf Stember
  • Produced by: Julian Eggebrecht
  • Based on a Character Created by: Manfred Trenz
This game was created using Pegasus Mega Drive
All programs, graphics, music, soundeffects, and other data in any form related to this game © 1994 by Factor 5 Productions
  • Regards to: Achim Moller, Stefan Tsuparidis, Nils Meier, Sven Meier, Andreas Escher, Andreas Hagemann, Axel Bialke, Bitmap Brothers, Blue Byte, Christian Awizio, Christoph Weise, Cybermedia, Dirk Jagalski, Doc Bobo, Graftgold, Hans Ippisch, Heinrich Lenhardt, Jan Delgado, Klaus Dieter Hartwig, Kristin Dodt, Lucasfilm Games, Marc Bonn, Neon, Renegade, Sirus Ahmadi, Sven Werner, Thalion, Torsten Opperman, Tina Lustig, Ulli Mühl, Powerplay and the Chillur Empire
  • Presented by: Data East
Source: In-game credits

  • Special Thanks to: Jonathan Seidenfeld, David Hoffman, Brian Balistreri, Sirus Ahmadi, Factor 5
Source: US manualMedia:Megaturrican md us manual.pdf[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Mega Turrican/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 057.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #57: "April 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #58: "May 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]


Print advert in Mean Machines Sega (UK) #26: "December 1994" (1994-10-28)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
83 №157, p143[6]
85 №56, p50[1]
77 №17, p74
89 №20, p52-54[7]
83 №20, p30-31[8]
70 №29, p48-50
89 №48, p138-139
87 №54, p60-61
78 №32, p48
80 №2, p37[9]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
10 reviews

Mega Drive, US
MegaTurrican MD US Box.jpg
Mega Turrican md us cart.jpg
Megaturrican md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
MegaTurrican MD EU Box.jpg
MegaTurrican MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Turrican MD EU Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 fe898cc9
MD5 8d73db292f0f4c838e72086fb3d5896b
SHA-1 180285dbfc1613489f1c20e9fd6c2b154dec7fe2
1MB 1993-12 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b1d15d0f
MD5 de3c63abb34a54d264f8d5ea1bcb40d9
SHA-1 00ad2cf231bedbd373253b169e170e8b0db4c86a
1MB 1993-12 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 11326504
MD5 2a69cba305fc404f9e50b3ba1683d3a3
SHA-1 5955517511ac064b66274f60e984d2ffee84a91a
1MB 1993-12