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Turrican II: The Final Fight is one of the greatest platform-based shoot 'em up's I've ever played. It was first developed for Amiga computers in 1991, but it took four years before they finally decided to port it to DOS. And trust me, they did it for a good reason! The Turrican series was a milestone for the Atari, Commodore 64, and Amiga platforms, among others. It made up an important piece of gaming history and many games have taken inspiration from this installment.
It’s also incredible how in some cases, music can define the success of a game. And this was definitely the case for Turrican II, as Chris Huelsbeck did an absolutely wonderful job in this area. Every level gave you a special sensation and filled you with a mix of emotions that words simply could not describe!
There are enormous levels to explore, which are packed full of insidious enemies like evil machines and mutants who are led by the half-human, half-robot emperor known only as The Machine. And I haven't even mentioned the Bosses yet! - Huge, lethal, infernal contraptions that make you feel small and weak.
Thankfully, our hero, Bren McGuire (yes, he is purple-haired =D), is not your average guy. He is the captain and last survivor of the massacre on the spaceship Avalon 1, a special and revolutionary battlecruiser. Alone in the battered spaceship, wounded and desperate, he moves to the armory and decides to wear a high-tech prototype suit, called the Turrican. (I guess Crysis's dudes must have used the same armory!) Now, he is out for revenge and will do all he can to save the universe from the evil legions of The Machine.
The Turrican suit is equipped with some very cool gadgets, with one of them being the arm cannon. You’ll find many power-ups and upgrades that will increase its firepower, and which can also change the main cannon’s weapon to the multi-beam, the laser, or the bouncing fire-ball.
The arm cannon can also fire a continuous beam that can be rotated around Turrican. It is a strong weapon that is essential for special situations, but is a bit slow to activate if you're suddenly ambushed by multiple enemies.
Additionally, the suit has the ability to transform itself into a whirling gyroscope anytime it is needed. In this mode you are completely invincible, and weak enemies will die on contact. You can also place timed mines on the ground to attack or defend yourself. Just jump to return in normal mode.
If needed, you can also unleash two kinds of devastating attacks that will destroy everything on screen. The first consists of white laser barriers that can be activated by pressing the space bar. The second, is a huge attack of laser beams and explosions which can be activated by pressing the fire button and the space bar at the same time, but this can only be done once per each of your lives.
You’ll find many surprises in this game. Factor 5, who also developed the first Turrican, has inserted special levels that follow the style of two other old games called Katakis and R-Type. There is also a nice feature that lets you listen to and enjoy Chris Huelsbeck's soundtracks: the music menu. It can be accessed from the title screen by pressing the space bar. If you ever become strong enough to reach the higher levels, you'll recognize that one of them is clearly inspired by the Alien saga, facehuggers included!
Like many of the platform games released in the early '90s, Turrican II is extremely difficult. There are no saves, no checkpoints, and it’s really easy to die. There is even a time limit that, if reached, will decrease your number of lives. My suggestion is to explore all the levels frantically in order to find secrets, collect lives (1UP!), and crystals (which can earn you continues if you're out of lives). If you really want to reach the end and save the world, then take a deep breath, prepare food and caffeine, and remember: "SHOOT OR DIE!"
I loved every minute of it. It was the best game I had for my Amiga at the time, and to this day remains one of my favorites. I can't give anything else other than a 5 for this game.
You may want to visit Factor5's official site to hear news and find information about Turrican games: http://www.factor5.de/
A big thank you to Mr. T.R.Smith who gave us the permission to host rare extras!
Movements: Arrow Keys
Fire Button: CTRL
Continuous Laser Beam: Hold CTRL and press Right Arrow followed by Left Arrow.
Laser Barriers: Space Bar
Whirling Gyroscope: Down Arrow + Space Bar
Special Attack: CTRL + Space Bar
As I said before, the game is really difficult, so if you aren't strong enough and you want to reach the end you can give yourself unlimited lives in this way:
Press SPACE on the title-screen to enter the music menu, then type MEPHISTOPHELES. If you have done this correctly you'll hear a particular sound. After that, press ESC twice and start the game. Your life counter will now always display a 3... COWARDS! =P
This is a pre-installed version for DOSBox, so just follow these steps and you shouldn't have any problems.
You need to extract the archive into your DOSBox mounted C: folder.
Run DOSBox, and while you are at C:\> type TURRICAN to start. You'll see a setup screen and invisible texts. From here, just press enter and the game will start.
In case you prefer the drag and drop system just use the TURRICAN.bat which you can find in the TURRICAN folder.
5000 cycles or more is enough.