Now let’s get this straight, we’re talking about Mega Turrican for the Megadrive/Genesis. Not Turrican 1, Turrican 2, Super Turrican, Super Turrican 2 or any of the many other variations. The series is one that the fans love to argue over. For my two cents Turrican 2 on the Amiga 500 is still the best of the series *awaits death threats from the hardcore console players*. However, no matter which Turrican you personally regard as the best I would still tip my hat at the Megadrives Mega Turrican as a highlight.
OK, so the sound chip on the Sega system was, well let’s say “quirky”, the overall game play is surprisingly good. The back story is ridiculous so I won’t even go there. It’s as shallow as mechanoids fighting for galactic peace right through to being as influential as “Catcher in the Rye” according to how influenced/mad you are. Again type “Turrican” in to Google and you will notice that the game has escalated in to its own religion. You have your armored suit, equipped with a grappling tool and a multipurpose gun. It’s a very smooth run and gun platformer. The gun seems to be upgraded every few seconds and the explosions and action are everything that you would want them to be on a 16-bit console. It’s a nice game to pass the time and it really doesn’t matter really how bad a gamer you are, everyone looks good when the screen is filled to the brim with bullets. Whilst the debate of whether this is the best Turrican will never be resolved I think that if you’ve never played this version you may genuinely be surprised by the high enjoyment level.