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Rainbow Arts
Arcade: Adventure
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Steve Keen
Chris Bourne

Where did they get this name from? Turrican is a major shoot 'em up blast, first seen last year and it's title has been confusing me ever since.

A mythical science-fiction based, horizontally scrolling shoot 'em' up, Turrican involves clearing five worlds of evil uglies using a space suite man with a futuristic pop gun. Sounds difficult? It is! However to help you along there are plenty of power-ups and special weapons varying from the mildly devastating to the totally annihilating. This includes a a laser whip (OOhh!), a rapid fire laser gun (AAgghh!), smart bombs (KaoBoom!) and mines (and mine's a pint - of milk eh kids?)

The main sprite moves around the battlezone with great speed and agility and by transforming into a gyroscope or by using force shield power up becomes invincible.

Although the graphics and sound aren't stunning, indeed for such a popular game they could have been better, the sheer scale of the action and the speed at which enemies attack, makes this a worthwhile budget buy.

Label: Kixx
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99
Reviewer: Steve Keen

Hop and skip and shoot those baddies. Turrican features lots of action for your money and will not disappoint.