Turrican is a 1990 video game programmed and designed by Manfred Trenz. It was first developed for the Commodore 64 by Rainbow Arts, but was ported to other systems later. In addition to concept design and character creation, Trenz personally programmed Turrican on the Commodore 64. A sequel, Turrican II, followed 1991 for the Commodore 64 and other platforms.

The lost colony of Alterra is a completely man-made lifeworld abandoned long ago in a nearby galaxy. Alterra is actually five colonies in one. Each self-contained habitat has been separately bio-engineered by a powerful ecosystem generation network known as a Multiple Organism Unit Link. MORGUL, for short. Early colonists used MORGUL to render Alterra inhabitable. But a cataclysmic quake severed all system interface functions, and MORGUL murderously rebelled. The few colonists lucky enough to escape told a grim tale of a higher intelligence gone berserk.

For generations, mankind sought a return to Alterra. Finally, genetic science created a saviour: Turrican, a mutant warrior, bio-engineered for the task of planetary reclamation. In the meantime, MORGUL has diligently twisted Alterran life forms to his brutal, destructive purposes. Thus, Turrican’s challenges consist of eliminating hostile organisms from Alterra’s five multi-level worlds and, finally, destroying the three faces of MORGUL.

The series started in 1989 on the Commodore 64 with a demo level of the full game which was released in 1990. Turrican became very popular due to its high technical achievements, demonstrating graphics which many did not believe to be possible on a C64.

Turrican was developed mainly by Manfred Trenz and published by Rainbow Arts. A later Amiga conversion was produced by Factor 5.

Turrican was also released for the Atari ST, Amiga, CDTV, Mega Drive/Genesis, Game Boy, PC Engine, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. The console ports were handled by The Code Monkeys and published by Accolade.

“Subsong 2” from Turrican, arranged by Ramiro Vaca, is actually the song “Escape” from The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack.Chris Hülsbeck composed for the Amiga conversions of Turrican, Turrican II and Turrican 3, as well as Super Turrican (SNES), Mega Turrican and Super Turrican 2.

The title screen for Turrican is based upon the Manowar album cover Kings of Metal.


The Turrican series are well known for the quality of their soundtracks. The most notable is the Turrican 2 soundtrack for Amiga, composed by Chris Hülsbeck. Music from Turrican II was performed live by a full orchestra at the second Symphonic Game Music Concert in 2004. The event took place in Leipzig, Germany.

> Turrican Remakes :



One of the best Remakes that are out in the scene actually…

Its ancestor won’t complain about it , of course .



Also We give credit to another Turrican remake that deserves to be mentioned :





Hurrican is out as well as the very first official release of the level editor!
Get them both at the download section.
The new version includes many new languages and a lot of bugfixes. Check out the readme to see what bugs have been fixed.

I also added a separate file containing only the language files.

I did not have the time to write down some basic instructions, but this will come soon. We will of course answer all editor questions in the forum.

Read “Creating own levels using the leveleditor” in the create section for basic editor installation.

I also added many links to hurrican online reviews in the reviews section.

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