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I loved coming back to one of the best platformer shooters from my youth, the soundtrack is still banging along with solid yet to beaten gameplay.
As a port, the Turrican Flashback collection cannot be faulted – these are perfect conversions of some all-time greats. Although the collection is missing some of the others in the series, £7.50 per game isn't bad value and given the difficulty, getting a perfect run is going to take many hours of playtime.
If you fondly remember any of the Turrican games and long to play them once again, you’d be wise to consider Turrican Flashback a must-have. All of the games in this collection retain their original charm, but are made more playable thanks to revamped control schemes and additional features. It’s not the most generous of offerings when it comes to extras, sure, but when buying just one of these games second-hand costs more than this entire collection, who cares?
A great collection of legitimate classics that are still fantastic fun to play. If you enjoy run and gun games and have never played the Turrican games this is the best way to experience them today.
If it weren't for the helpful quality-of-life features added, the first two Turrican instalments would likely never be played by anyone today. This is less of an issue for the other two titles included in Turrican Flashback. Super Turrican and Mega Turrican are really exciting, and highly stimulating action games that hold up today. The only modern day indie equivalent would be Gunlord X, which cheekily mapped the beam weapon to the analogue stick for the fastest possible action. Turrican was where it began, and anyone who enjoys the likes of Contra or action games by Treasure should really give this a look.
In short, some of the games included in here might suffer from some graphical and gameplay issues brought over from the 90’s, but this collection really impressed me nonetheless. Turrican Flashback is one of the more robust retro collections released in recent memory.
Still, whether you’re a Turrican newbie like me or a veteran fan, this is definitely a well-made compilation you do not want to miss out on, whether to hold you over for the bigger anthology collections, or just to see if you like the series before spending a bigger investment on the franchise. If this ends up as your only option, or if you find this on sale, then this is still a compilation of very good games worth picking up, and a good starter set for the Turrican series
To evaluate a Turrican compilation is to evaluate, on the one hand, if the port is good or has flaws. On the other hand, the additions it brings. And of course the games that compose it and the selection made. Regarding the first, the port is well adapted to current platforms, visually and in terms of control. The add-ons are sparse and the menus are somewhat dull, but this is not detrimental to the final result. Of course the best are the games that compose it, because at the end of the day we are talking about 4 great games essential in the shelf of any fan of the genre. The only thing that really tarnishes the final result is the absence of Super Turrican 2, which would have made it a definitive and totally satisfactory compilation.
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Turrican, a game synonymous with the console boom of the ’90s is back. The Turrican Flashback Collection brings – Turrican, Turrican 2: The Final Fight, Mega Turrican, and Super Turrican together in one complete collection.
Speaking of remakes, I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that Turrican deserves one. This is a title that may have been forgotten by some throughout the years. Though, after playing through the Flashback collection, I can only hope that it comes to fruition. When considering the success of the Doom Franchise following the 2016 reboot. I’d say it has the potential to compete with the frantic gunplay and iconic weaponry. But until that day comes, I’d recommend checking Turrican Flashback out post-haste. It’s worth it