Time for merry christmas and a happy new year!
Back in Black!
The ultimate device for controlling Turrican ist back:
The Competition Pro Joystick!
It´s now available as Windows-compatible USB-Device for 15€, and features the same look as in 1985 (sadly only the black one...), 4 buttons, 2 axes and auto-fire.
I now ordered one, so expect a review soon ;)
The official Product site can be found at speed-link.com. Funny: the company behind speed-link.com, Jöllenbeck GmbH, produced the Quickjoy-Joysticks back then in the old Amiga-and-C64-times, the imho greatest rival to the Competition Pro ;)
Update for german readers: Ich habe heute Abend bei dem Shop, bei dem ich heute meinen Stick bestellt habe gefragt, ob wir einen Rabatt bekommen können - und jetzt (23.59 Uhr!) habe ich schon eine Antwort.
Jeder der seinen Competition Pro USB bei http://www.fairtronic.de (ArtNr.SL-6602) bestellt, und auf die Bestätigungsmail der Bestellung antwortet, das er von Turrican SETA kam, bekommt den Joystick für nur 12,99€ + Porto. Normalerweise 14,99€ + 4,76 EUR Porto bei Vorkasse. Also ran an die Sticks :)
And the first one to send me a picture of himself wearing the remade Turrican-Shirt is:
Two thumbs up :)
The Retro-Magazin 12/04 features an Interview mit Manfred Trenz and includes questions (and answers) like if he has some unfinished Turricans in his drawers, or what he thinks about all the people still asking him about Turrican.
Nothing groundbreaking new, but fun to read.
Turrican Forever Fanpage moved
Roberts Turrican Forever Fanpage now successfully moved from emucamp.com to www.turricanforever.de.
Until now everything is redirected, but it might be a good idea to update your bookmarks.
Turrican Shirt Remake
Since the official Turrican Shirt isn´t for sale anymore, I remade the shirt´s motive. Sounds easy - but it was some hours of work, because the Turrican 1 Cover picture is nearly not to be found completly. So I´ve puzzled it together from 4 different covers and the poster.
Get it here or at the bonusfiles and print it on a shirt at your local copyshop, or e.g. at http://www.spreadshirt.de/.
And: the first one who mails me a picture of himself wearing the (new) shirt gets a picture in the news ;)
Ruff n Tumble T2002 Level
C.Werdehausen just mailed be a new Level for T2002. It features new enemies and a great tileset from Ruff´n´Tumble. Also included are four mp3s, two from Ruff, and two C64 tunes.
Get it, as usual, at the T2002-Levels and write plenty of comments.
New Hurrican Shots!
At poke53280.de, there are some new shots of Hurrican, even one of the new, dark, fleshy Alien-Level.
The water has been completly replaced, it´s now animated and has tiny waves. Also new is the ability to shoot diagonally and up.
And Eiswuxe was quite upset, that some fans said Hurrican would be dead - it is not, not a bit. He explained the lack of new pictures and news with not wanting to spoil every great new feature, and right now it´s beeing worked more then ever on Hurrican.
There are some new shots of T2002 for GBA at Pekaro´s Homepage.
Turrican 3d-Modelling Contest Winner
And the winner is: Sven Forstmann!
View the sample pictures or get the archive containing the 3d-files here. A nice Wallpaper is also included, and can also be found at the Bonusfiles.
Feel free to create pictures, animations and games with it, it´s absolute freeware!
Why there are no new official Turricans
While researching the case of trademarks around katakis/denaris, we noticed something that may be the cause why neither Factor 5, nor THQ release a new Turrican:
THQ owns the trademark "Turrican" in germany (where turrican is most known) and Factor 5 owns it for the USA and the rest of Europe. And releasing it only for one part of the world wouldn´t be profitable enough I guess.
This at least explains, why THQ once answered me the question about creating a new Turrican with "Surely this would be a possibility, but since as well economic as license-rightly interests have to be considered, it isn´t quite as easy as you maybe imagine."
Added to the facts.
You can read it yourself at https://dpinfo.dpma.de and http://www.uspto.gov/.
Ingo Ruhnke´s Turrican-inspired game Windstille now has an own forum where you can post suggestions and feedback.
Please welcome MySQL :)
The news are now powered by mysql (formerly a plain html include, shame on me ;)
You´ll only notice this by the new navigation at the bottom of the news-page, the new seperation for each newsitem and more news - because it´s easier for me to write them now.
As soon as there are more news in the database (I´m too lazy to convert all old ones) I´ll also include a search form.
New T2002 Levels
Tony Bates heavily expanded his technodungeon and Z-out-Levels for T2002 and also sent me two new ones (demontrain & Mr. Walkers Factory).
I left the old versions online, if someone prefers smaller levels.
Get it at the T2002-Levels as usual.
In Issue 11/2004, the german print-mag Amiga Plus, features a 4-site Turrican Article, including quite interesting interviews with Frank Matzke and Chris Hülsbeck. By the way: the article was written by Jan Zottmann, who is working at Synsoniq and brought us the great Immortal 2 CD (including 2 Hülsbeck Tracks).
(and they used screenshots from my site 1:1, without giving a link...well, at least it´s kind of an honor to be present in this mag ;)
Beside the cruel name, Apocalypse 3000 looks like Mega Turrican - for Handys, in Java!
Rumours say, it at least plays better then the official Turrican for Siemens Handys. I can´t spot the THQ-logo anywhere, but it´s developer, Ojom, already published Denaris at THQ.
I´ll try to test it soon.
Denaris and Katakis trademark
Shortly after Manfred Trenz announced he´d develop a new Katakis for several Systems, Factor 5 registered the trademarks Katakis and Denaris in the US (at October 22, 2004).
Now, at 03.11.2004, there was a news at Manfred´s Denaris Software:
"Katakis 2 will be developed by Denaris Entertainment Software and Smash Designs only. No other developers are involved in any way. Any information stating this is wrong."
Some more screenshots of the hero and some more sketches of the scenery at the Windstille Homepage.
The Master´s Homepage
Manfred "the Master" Trenz, the creator of Turrican, now has two homepages (beside RAM-Brands great Manfred Trenz Fanpage):
http://www.targamt.de/( <---Targa was another name for his game "Rendering Ranger" + MT ;)
Denarisoftware will be developing a new Katakis if everything goes right!
Thanks to Carlo Savorelli, once again, there´s a new game in the SETA: Alisia Dragoon. It looks and plays nicely, the only thing I personally don´t like is that the enemies respawn quite fast.
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