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Amiga Tribute: Turrican by LukeTheRipper Amiga Tribute: Turrican by LukeTheRipper
Turrican from the Turrican series.

Part 22/24 of my Amiga tribute project >3

"Hello and welcome to Turrican, be my guest,
another day, another cry, but remember...
Shoot! Or! Die!"


Whew, had this one scanned and waiting for the finishing touches before the whole mess at my house, and just found it today so thought it's high time to post it |3
So anyway, this is just THE best action shooter/platformer that Amiga could offer called the Turrican series.
And I'm neither kidding nor exaggerating, the Turrican series were advertised as the most action packed games for the system, and boy have they delivered what advertised 8D
It was initially released for the C64 and Amiga, but ports to pretty much every single system soon followed, and for good reasons too. But then again, a game taking some of the best gimmicks from other succesful games just couldn't be botched that easily. It has Metroid-like open stages and the ability to turn into a rolling sphere to attack (although here you could also leave mines to kill enemies while in sphere form), it has the wire grapple from Bionic Commando, it has the gameplay and power-ups of Contra, hell, you could even stomp on turtle-like enemies to make them ram into other enemies like in a certain game I think you're all familiar with XD
So yeah, Turrican had it's share of copied material, but then again, some say that Halo had it's share of inspiration off Turrican (Spartans being bio-engineered superhumans just like Turricans, not to mention the sci-fi suit of armor), also, that was basically the way games were made most of the time, taking an idea that worked, and trying to either improve on it or at least make your own variation of it.
Hell, even Nintendo themselves did that a number of times, especially with of their most popular franchises, Mario Kart (which was modelled after Pole Position and Crashing Race) and Super Smash Bros. (which was modelled after the Poy Poy games)... buuut, I'm getting off track here |D

So yeah, despite being a little too familiar at times, the fact the Turrican series were some of the most action-packed games of it's time is undeniable. The animation was smooth, the controls were slick and very responsive, the music was awesome and memorable (it was composed by Chris Hülsbeck, so it couldn't be any less), the story... well, lets just say it was yet another sci-fi scenario that was just put there to make a solid excuse for shooting the hell outta everything in sight XD
Ain all, it was truly one of the greatest Amiga titles, and if you'll manage to get one of the multi-platform ports, be sure to give it a try. Also, the link I provided is a playthrough from the third game, which was hands down the best part ^^

Other parts of the project - Shadow Of The Beast, Shadow Fighter, Zool, The Chaos Engine, Superfrog, Skeleton Krew, The Speris Legacy, Flashback, Agony, Brutal: Paws of Fury, Fightin' Spirit, Ruff 'N' Tumble, SwitchBlade, Lionheart, The Lost Vikings, Brian The Lion, Wolfchild, Gods, Entity, Franko: The Crazy Revenge, Hired Guns, Turrican, The Killing Game Show, Yo! Joe!


Turrican (c) Rainbow Arts
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FischHead Featured By Owner May 23, 2016   Digital Artist
You've made an underappreciated character look really awesome. Love the pose and the gun he's holding. I never had an Amiga, but I did play Super/ Mega Turrican on the SNES and Megadrive.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, I seem to be attracted to underappreciated series and characters XD
Or maybe any series I like is cursed to be underappreciated |D

Anyways, the problem here is that Amiga was a "unique" case of hardware, making ports to it and from it really tedious, which usually meant a game ported from Amiga would look less good, and likewaise, a game ported to the Amiga would look less good than the original |D
Sadly, it's the same case with Turrican, who was still good in all ports, just not as good. Even more so, neither one of the sequels was ever ported, and it's one of those series which really got better with each part, Turrican 3 on which i based my fanart being hands down the best part. And I did link to that one specifically if you're interested to see it ^^

And the system, while have a really huge library of great titles, many of which are exclusive to it, wasn't the most user friendly, with very long loading times, tedious disc swapping, etc. so usually SNES and Genesis won over it. It was usually a big thing only where other systems were nigh impossible to get, like Poland, where I come from |D
Though like I said, there were MANY really awesome games for it, and I can always drop you a few titles if you're interested (you can always watch a playthrough like you said you did with Shadow of The Beast), plus, there is a reason why so many Amiga titles such as Shadow of The Beast, Flashback, Another World, Superfrog, Worms or Alien Breed are remade for modern consoles (the quality of some is questionable, but still).
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transgendergamer Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
This is awesome! Gotta love the Turrican games.
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ^^
And yeah, it was an awesome series, so it's kinda sad how it got almost forgotten nowdays :<
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Kai45 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
I don't know the character, but he looks very intense here! :) Awesome work!!
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the Turrican was kinda popular in the 90's, but then kinda vanished. Not much to tell about him tho, just your standard space commando fighting off aliens XD there is a story in the game and all, but it still goes into the sci-fi cliche |D

You can think of him as a male-Samus, even more so since the series took inspirations from many games, including Metroid XD
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So once you are done this series, what's the next one you plan on starting? 

P.s. He looks badass. I wouldn't want to mess with him. :P
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, yeah, I actually wrote a journal about it not long ago, and planning on doing a more in-depth one soon |D

And yeah, the Turricans were a badass bunch, though they were used for exterminating dem pesky aliens, so I'd say you're safe ;3
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Right! I remember reading that! I'll await patiently for the more in-depth one XD

Ooo gotta get dem pesky aliens! *points finger at them and goes pew pew* XD
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the in-depth version is gonna be more or less about how I got to know certain of the more obscure NES games and was surprised no one else knew 'em |3

Hehe, and back then it was almost always about shooting some aliens who always seemed to want our not exactly alluring planet for some reason |D
It was probably because if one were to shoot at humans, it would raise a tantrum of the ever so butthurt haters, but who knows |3
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahh, that's interesting! Kids now a days lack the knowledge of the what came before them. I know when I have kids, they will grow up using the same older consoles as I did until they are old enough to handle the newer ones. They don't like it? Too bad! xD
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, these "hidden gems" are usually games not even gamers back then knew about XD
There are many people I know who grew up in the NES era and when I bring up certain games, they admit they had no idea such games existed XD
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Stepher17 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fair enough. I'm probably one of those people who'd forget about games from back then too. Even now, there was this game that my brother and I played when we were much younger on the computer, I think it was on DOS but it might have been windows 98. We downloaded this game (we're still trying to remember/find the name of this game again) and it was a blast. We can kinda picture stuff from it still but not enough to be able to type it up and try to find it. It was like a more medieval legend of zelda type game. I remember the end boss had the programmers head in a giant cube and the only other thing we remember is that in the sequel, you start by cleaning up puke on a ship cause all the shipmembers were seasick, if you failed to keep up with it, you failed right away. It was hard. lol 
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, it's not about forgetting, it's more about not even knowing them in the first place |3

Hmmm, and I don't think I've heard about such a game, but if I'll remember something, I'll try to help you out |3
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gzegzolka Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Dobra praca :)
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dziękować, dziekować ^^
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Melomonster Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Za czasów Amigi nie miałem przyjemności, dopiero po latach się dowiedziałem że ta gra to hit! Pograłem na emulatorze i faktycznie jest fajna! :+fav:
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LukeTheRipper Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, z gier typu run 'n' gun, jedyną grą, która jest lepsza od Turrican'a jest Ruff 'n' Tumble, ale oprócz tego, seria Turrican jest niezaprzeczalnie jedną z najlepszych serii akcji jakie Amiga mogła zaoferować.
Zaś jesli wziąść poduwagę, jak wiele portów się ta seria doczekała, smiem twierdzić, że i poza Amigą Turrican był jedną z lepszych serii tego typu >D
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