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Turrican
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
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Genre: Action































Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.99More...[2] ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?




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Turrican is a run-and-gun game originally developed by Rainbow Arts for the Commodore 64. Rainbow Arts licensed Accolade to make console ports, one of them being an unlicensed Sega Mega Drive port released 1991.

The game is not region protected.

Gameplay

Both the C64 and Amiga version relied on various keyboard inputs for special weapons, which had to be remapped to a three button layout. This was done in a complicated way: A fires, B and Up jump, C cycles through special weapons. To activate a special weapon, A and Up need to be pushed simultaneously, which means the character will always jump while using special weapons.

While the Mega Drive port is faithful in terms of content, health depletes at a faster rate (aprox. 4x), making the game considerably harder.

Chris Hüllsbeck's famous musical score wasn't faithfully reproduced either, although this can be partially attributed to the hardware. He would personally program the music for Mega Turrican, which was highly praised.

In order to be played at the correct speed (using the Amiga version as a reference), the game needs to be played on 50Hz PAL setting.

Worlds

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World 1
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World 2
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World 3
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World 4
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World 5

History

Legacy

Rainbow Arts allowed Accolade to hold its console license for Turrican II, but the game was actually rebranded and released as Universal Soldier, a tie-in to the Jean-Claude Van Damme 1992 movie. After that, Factor 5, the developers of the Amiga versions which the Mega Drive versions were based on, went on and produced Mega Turrican on the Mega Drive by themselves.

Magazine articles

Main article: Turrican/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

CVG UK 118.pdfCVG UK 118.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Computer & Video Games (UK) #118: "September 1991" (1991-08-15)

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)More...[3]

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PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

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PDF
Print advert in Game Players Sega Guide! (US) #0203: "Vol. 2, No. 3" (199x-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
80 №27
87 №1, p28/29
86 More...[4]
76 More...[5]
81 №19, p172
59 More...[6]
73 More...[7]
73 More...[8]
78 More...[9]
67 More...[10]
86 №18, p68
Sega Mega Drive
77
Based on
11 reviews

Mega Drive, US/EU
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Cover
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Cart
Turrican md us manual.pdf
Manual

References

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