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|System(s): Sega Mega Drive|
|Developer: Rainbow Arts/Factor 5, The Code Monkeys|
|Number of players: 1|
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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.
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: fires, and jump, cycles through special weapons. To activate a special weapon, and 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.
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.
- Main article: Turrican/Magazine articles.
also published in:
- Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)
|Sega Retro Average|
| Based on|
- GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 42
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 36
- Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 76
- Hobby Consolas, "Enero 1992" (ES; 199x-xx-xx), page 46/55 (46)
- Joypad, "Octobre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 46/47 (46)
- Mega, "January 1994" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 87
- MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 81
- Mean Machines, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-27), page 74/75 (74)
- Player One, "Novembre 1991" (FR; 1991-xx-xx), page 84
- Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 36/37 (36)
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