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*'''Graphics by:''' Joe Lewis and Manfred Trenz
 
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*'''Musicians:''' J.D. Rogers and Paul Kenny
 
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*'''Original Music and Sound Effects (uncredited):''' [[Chris Hülsbeck]]
 
*'''Game Testers:''' David M. Friedland, Robert V. Daly, James R. Kucera
 
*'''Game Testers:''' David M. Friedland, Robert V. Daly, James R. Kucera
 
*'''Game Design:''' Manfred Trenz
 
*'''Game Design:''' Manfred Trenz

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Turrican
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Ballistic
Developer:
Genre: Action

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD004
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[2] 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 Hülsbeck'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.

Production credits

  • Produced by: Chris Bankston
  • Programmed by: The Code Monkeys
  • Programmers: Colin Hogg, Elliot Gay, Mark Kirkby
  • Graphics by: Joe Lewis and Manfred Trenz
  • Musicians: J.D. Rogers and Paul Kenny
  • Original Music and Sound Effects (uncredited): Chris Hülsbeck
  • Game Testers: David M. Friedland, Robert V. Daly, James R. Kucera
  • Game Design: Manfred Trenz
  • Technical Advice: Chris Bankston, Tim Wilson, Russell Shiffer, Dave Rogers, Natalie Healy
Source:
In-game credits


  • Designer: The Code Monkeys
  • Producer: Chris Bankston
  • Tester: David Friedland, Robert Daly, James Kucera
  • Manual: Larry Hall
  • Additional Thanks to: SoftGold GmbH, Rainbow Arts, Factor Five, Boris Vallejo, Al Miller, Peter Doctorow, Randy Oyler, Jeff Hoff, Shirley Sellers, and all others involved.
Source:
US manual
[3]

Magazine articles

Main article: Turrican/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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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:
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Game Players Sega Guide! (US) #0203: "Vol. 2, No. 3: June/July 1991" (1991-0x-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Console XS (UK) PAL
86
[5]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
48
[6]
Game Power (IT)
89
[7]
Games-X (UK)
70
[8]
Game Zone (UK) PAL
87
[9]
Hobby Consolas (ES)
86
[10]
Joypad (FR) PAL
76
[11]
Joystick (FR) PAL
81
[12]
Mega (UK) PAL
59
[13]
MegaTech (UK) PAL
73
[14]
Micromanía (segunda época) (ES)
70
[15]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
73
[16]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
73
[17]
Player One (FR)
78
[18]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
67
[2]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
86
[19]
User (GR) PAL
66
[20]
Video Games (DE)
69
[21]
Sega Mega Drive
74
Based on
18 reviews

Turrican

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

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 634d67a6
MD5 ca0e4bd18f573d4f1166c5067c47594a
SHA-1 5a471a276909dcc428cd66c51047aa8a142c76a8
512kB 1991-06 Cartridge (US)

References

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