Turrican is the story of a genetically enhanced cyborg super soldier sent to rid the planet Alterra of the dreaded MORGUL, a supercomputer that made the planet inhabitable for humans, but attained sentience and laid waste to the human colonists to gain dominance. Now it is up to Turrican to defeat MORGUL and reclaim Alterra. Turrican is a side scrolling shooter characterized by its large maze like levels and intense difficulty. In each level you must get to the exit and fight a boss to move on. Your weapons range from a spread gun to a powerful laser, to a beam the ricochets of walls and all the weapons can be upgraded when you find weapons of the same type.
Unlike similar shooters from the time, Turrican cannot shoot upward, downward or diagonally. To address this, you have a secondary fire mode where Turrican shoots a laser that you can spin around him. Although this weapon can only be used when stationary, there are upgrades that enhance its reach. There are also a number of explosive weapons that you can gather for tight situations or boss fights. What set Turrican aside from all the other platform games out there is the sheer size of the levels and the amount of exploration you can do. Everything is vividly detailed and it’s full of eye candy, the music by Chris Huelsbeck was awesome and offered some of the best music in any Amiga game ever released.