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S.E.T.A. - the Search for Turrican Alternatives

Since there has been no official Turrican for a long time, the SETA has been created to list games that are similar to Turrican. That may be in gameplay, massive action, look, exploring or just the feeling. Find out which ones work for you!

The list is sorted by average votes, games which are still in developement or dead are at the bottom.

If you want to suggest a game, write to t.r.schmidt@nemmelheim.de.
 
   
 
Axiom Verge

A very well made Metroidvania, with a gameflow not unlike Turrican. Lots of Exploring.

Platform: Various
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 2015
Homepage: http://www.axiomverge.com

Votes:2   Average score (1-10):10
Points
 
   
 
Metal Slug Series

Graphically brilliant anf funny Run`n`Gun, lots of shooting, no exploring.

Platform: Arcade
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1996

Votes:6   Average score (1-10):9
Points
 
   
 
Metroid Series

Very, very similar to Turrican (it´s even possible to morph to a wheel!). Looks and feels very good. It also should be mentioned that the original Metroid (NES) shall have inspired the developer(s) of Turrican!

Platform: Various
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1994

Votes:332   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
Lionheart

Lacks in weapons (only swords) but also a great game (with the best graphics ever seen on A500!)
There is also a Windows remake available, just look for "Lionheart Remake".

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1993

Votes:136   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
Ruff´n´Tumble

[Tip by Christian Uceda] Great and detailled graphics, a heavy-metal-soundtrack and nice gameplay. Especially the later levels are quite big. It´s a good bit harder and more hectic then Turrican, because you start with a little gun which only does few damage - and the extra weapons´ shots are limited.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1994

Votes:137   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
Gods & Magic Pockets

Both from The Bitmap Brothers (and using the same engine), featuring excellent graphics, dozens of enemies, tons of extras and a very deep gameplay - but a lot harder than Turrican.

Conversions are available for many systems, including Windows Remakes.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1991

Votes:147   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
Rendering Ranger / Targa

Gigantic weapons, explosions and more bosses then normal enemies describes it quite good. Sadly it is hard as hell and very, very, linear. But beside the first level it looks great and feels a bit like Turri. No wonder - it was created by Manfred Trenz, Turrican´s creator. Especially the flight-sequences later in the game are more then worth a look. I just wonder why it was released only in Japan.

Platform: Super NES
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1995

Votes:70   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
Xain d´Sleena

Weapons and Hero remind much of Turrican, but very linear gameplay. Even includes some Shoot-Em-Up levels!

Platform: Arcade
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1986

Votes:3   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
A.R.E.S.

2d Jump´n´Run with 3d-Backgrounds, music and graphic-style quite remind of Turrican, but gameplay differs. Quite the graphical way I would wish for a modern Turrican!

Platform: Windows
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 2010
Homepage: http://ares.x10studio.com/

Votes:3   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 
MegaMan Series

Especially Megaman X quite reminds me of Turrican.

Platform: Various
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1987

Votes:171   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
The First Samurai

[Tip and text by Benjamin Claridge] The First Samurai on the c64 and Amiga has a very similar feel to Turrican - wonderful GFX and level design, as well as a feeling of freedom and space. The enemies are plentiful and always keep you on your toes. The only thing lacking is a true weapons power-up system, but it makes up for this with a wonderful storyline and puzzles / tasks to complete.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1991

Votes:89   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Wolfchild

[Tip by Carlo Savorelli]
Also a classic game by Core design, which got ported to many platforms. Lacks a bit in Firepower, a bit hard, but really nice with beautiful levels.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1992

Votes:93   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Contra Series

Leave out the exploring in Turrican and you have Contra. Massive weapons, tons of enemies, but very linear gameplay.

Platform: Various
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1987

Votes:6   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Jim Power

The Sprite looks and moves similar to Turrican, the music was done by Chris Hülsbeck and it has great graphics (fantastic parallax scrolling!). Sadly it lacks a bit in gameplay and is quite linear. There are even flight sequences - just like in Turrican. Dony by Loriciel in 1992, the game wasn´t a commercial success - although it got good ratings in the magazines. BTW: get the Soundtrack here :)

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1992

Votes:85   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Mr. Nutz

Made by NEON (this team contains Peter Thierolf, the Turrican 3-Programmer), which were once asked to make Turrican 4, this is a fast game with a very good gameplay. It features nice gfx, many parallax-layers and uses the TFMX-Soundsystem also used in Turrican. It seems a bit odd at the start (especially the story/map-mode), but later on you even may fly, if you´re good enough with your joystick.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1993

Votes:73   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Psycho-Nics Oscar

Even looks kind of similar, but has not quite a fluid gameplay.

Platform: Arcade
License: Commercial
Facts: Was an official inspiration for Turrican
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1988

Votes:5   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Assassin

[Tip by Markus Pfeifer] Team17´s best Platformer, features huges levels with many secrets, less enemies and smaller (but original) weapon, but plays like Turrican. There´s also a special edition, in which the character uses a gun, in the original version he used boomerangs.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1992

Votes:58   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Gunforce Series

[tip by besevenghi]
Gunforce (Irem, 1991) and Gunforce 2 (Irem, 1994). They are playable on PCs using the MAME emulator. Especially Gunforce 2 is quite similar to Metal Slug, also in the sound effects. They consist in a lot of shooting but they are "linear" (with no exploring).

Platform: Various
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1991

Votes:2   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Alisia Dragoon

[Tip and text by Carlo Savorelli] Alisia is a sadly overlooked game, but it's truly something. Apart from the first stage, that is quite straightforward, the stages are big, not exactly huge mazes, but still plenty of hidden rooms and secret passages. At a certain point, you venture inside caverns and eventually reach the interior of a giant spacecraft, that reminded me of Turrican's final giant tower. Interesting: Her main attack really resembles Turrican's energy whip.

Platform: Megadrive
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1992

Votes:27   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
The Killing Game Show

Classic sidescrolling shooter by Psygnosis.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1990

Votes:3   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Castlevania - Symphony of the Night

If you like Turrican you will love this game. A bit boring at the start, but it really has a great gameplay, sound and graphics. It also contains some RPG elements. Play it, you won´t regret. But maybe you can´t stop anymore ;)

Platform: Playstation 1
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1997

Votes:502   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 
Midnight Resistance

A classic Run´n´Gun, just like Contra or Metal Slug. No exploring, just shooting.

Platform: Arcade
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1989

Votes:2   Average score (1-10):6
Points
 
   
 
Land Of Genesis

[Tip by Jan Schulze]
Quite new Turrican inspired (commercial) shooter. Nice graphics, but the sounds (at least in the demo) are cruel. Download Demo (Demo runs fine with WinUAE/Kick3.0 and WB3.1).

Available for free at amigafuture.de (registration needed).

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 2001
Download: http://www.nemmelheim.de/turrican/files/LandOfGenesis.zip

Votes:23   Average score (1-10):6
Points
 
   
 
Abuse

Sidescrolling Shooter with (back then) innovative controls. You control the character via Keyboard and aim with mouse.

Platform: Windows
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1996

Votes:17   Average score (1-10):6
Points
 
   
 
Super Obliteration

An Amiga-Freeware game, mix of Pang and Asteroids featuring the Turrican-Sprite. Also available as PC-Remake.

Platform: Amiga
License: Freeware
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1993
Download: http://www.nemmelheim.de/turrican/files/super_obliteration.zip

Votes:2   Average score (1-10):6
Points
 
   
 

Turrican Pinball

Created by Vincenzo Di Giorgio using Visual Pinball, with mp3-music, nice gfx and Turrican-samples

Platform: Windows
License: Freeware
Status: Finished
Homepage: http://www.nemmelheim.de/turrican/files/pinball.html

Votes:3   Average score (1-10):5
Points
 
   
 
Skyblazer

Sidescrolling fighting/shooting-game, includes a flight-level and more jump´n´ run elements in the later stages.

Platform: Super NES
License: Commercial
Status: Finished
Releasedate: 1994

Votes:   Average score (1-10):
Points
 
   
 
Cosmic Prison Commando

A windows-game in Retro-Amstrad CPC 464-Style. Demo is already playable, look for "Cosmic Prison Commando Demo 1.1".

Platform: Windows
License: Freeware
Status: In development
Homepage: http://carnivacgames.blogspot.com/

Votes:3   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
 

Windstille

Windstille is going to become an old-school 2D site-scrolling shoot'em up game, similar to Turrican or Metroid (with probably some influence of Another World and Flashback).

Platform: Windows
License: Freeware
Status: In development
Homepage: http://windstille.berlios.de/

Votes:   Average score (1-10):
Points
 
   
 
Hardcore

Unreleased Megadrive Game from DICE/Digital Illusions

Platform: Megadrive
License: Commercial
Status: dead, will never be finished

Votes:4   Average score (1-10):9
Points
 
   
 
Thornado

Often announced as Turrican-Follow-Up because it was planned by Factor 5, but never released.

Platform: Gamecube
License: Commercial
Status: dead, will never be finished
Homepage: http://www.factor5.com

Votes:2   Average score (1-10):8
Points
 
   
 

Acsys

A good looking Turrican inspired game by unique Software with hand-pixeled AGA-graphics and multi-layer-parallax-Scrolling. The main sprite could shoot in all directions and climb wall and ceiling. Sadly never finished, but there is a playable demo left.

Platform: Amiga
License: Commercial
Status: dead, will never be finished
Download: http://www.nemmelheim.de/turrican/files/ACSYS_Demo.zip

Votes:3   Average score (1-10):7
Points
 
   
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