Turrican III

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Turrican III
Intro of the game
Game No. 174
Voting 8.06 points, 33 votes
Developer André Bürger (AEG)
Publisher Smash Designs
Musician Tammo Hinrichs, Tufan Uysal
HVSC-File /MUSICIANS/S/Sonic/Turrican_3.sid
Release 2004
Platform C64
Genre Shoot'em Up - Platformer
Gamemode Single player
Operation Icon Port2.pngJoystick Keyboard
Media Diskette
Language Language:english
Information Forerunner:

Description[edit | edit source]

Turrican III - Return of Darkness ...

13 years after the classics Turrican 1+2, an inofficial successor of the series has been completed as freeware -- and this game is absolutely worth playing. The game consists of 5 Level, and each level is divided into sublevels, of course with intermediate and end bosses. The first two levels are kept in the traditional Turrican type, so they are both jump'n run levels scrolling into all directions. World 3 is - as in Turrican 2 - a horizontally scrolling spaceship shoot-em-up. Level 4 is a jump'n run, which scrolls only vertically and which requires exactly placed jumps. It is also not possible to turn into a gyroscope here. World 5 is only a vertically scrolling jump'n run and was equipped with moving platforms (so the same as Turrican 2 on the Amiga, on the C64 there was a jetpack!)

Design[edit | edit source]

... the style of the intro has a familiar ring ...
... some screens from this game ...

The graphics are partially a bit weaker in the jump'n run levels and the sound effects have been left out in favour of the music, but the flying levels are brilliant and the gameplay are on the same level as the forerunners'. By the way, the magazine 64´er wrote 13 years ago, that the team of programmers would have to be sued at the "microprocessor protection court", if Turrican II had had next to the graphics also great music during the whole game. Smash-Designs will probably have to face this charge...

  • Level 1-1 to 2-2, classic Turrican levels
  • Level 3-1 to 3-3, shooter levels as in Turrican II on the C64
  • Level 4-1 and 4-2, inspired by Rendering Ranger R2 on the SNES
  • Level 5-1 similarities to Turrican II level 5-2 on the Amiga
  • Level 5-2 end boss as in Rendering Ranger R2

Special for this Turrican are the ingame sounds. And they are really good.
The intermediate sequences before the spaceship levels are a must-see. :))

Hints[edit | edit source]

Controls[edit | edit source]

The hero is steered through 11 levels by joystick in controlport 2 and the keyboard. Turrican has 3 normal weapon systems, the multiple scatter shot, the laser and the bounce shot. These can be activated or upgraded by extras that fly around or are hidden inside bonus blocks. Additionally, there are the bonus weapons. By pressing the fire button (joystick) for a long time, the surround flash is activated and also works in a crouch. The surround flash can be enlarged by picking up extras. With the space key you activate power lines, which are limited but can be filled up with extras. If you pull down the joystick and press the space key, Turrican turns into a wheel and can go on shooting by pressing the joystick fire button. With the CTRL  key the game is paused.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

... the graphics bug when facing the end boss (level 1+2) ...

Unfortunately, there are still some bugs in the program.

  • The screen flickers when many sprites are shown at the same time (all levels).
  • You can get stuck in the background (levels 1+2).
  • The collision query is partially very inaccurate (levels 1+2).
  • The place where you appear can be a wall (level 2) or a hole (level 4) (the effect is the same, you die right after appearing until all lives are used up).
  • Turrican does not appear at all after dying although you still have lives left (level 5).
  • And partially you can get a complete crash (especially when facing the end bosses in level 1+2 you should not jump or the graphics crash).

However: Congrats Smash Designs !!

Solution[edit | edit source]

... and once again Morgul was put into his place ...


  • The gyro has its advantages: In this shape you are invisible for your enemies, you can leave this form while in midair and make a jump onto a rock spur, which else would not be feasible, furthermore you are faster in gyroscope shape.
  • Sometimes it is better not to follow the jumps of the enemies and stay at the same place. Often there are places where you are relatively safe from the level bosses.
  • For other enemies it is already enough to go back again until the screen scrolls and then forward again. The enemies have then blown over. But beware: also 1-ups, diamonds and bonus blocks will disappear this way.
  • As you can only carry 5-7 power lines you should use them regularly, what else do you have them for?
  • And as always you should collect as many diamonds as possible, as 100 diamonds get you one continue.

Cheats[edit | edit source]

... interesting storage locations in the source code ...

What a pity that AEG hasn't build in a cheat.

  • In the source code the following storage locations are named, which can be manipulated with the integrated monitor in WinVICE.
Turrican III/Trainercodes
  • In storage location $0913 there is the number for available lives. You can raise it to $99 (99 lives) with the help of a cartridge or an emulator.
Example for Vice: > 0913 99 (sets the counter for number of lives to 99)
  • In storage location $0914 the number of available continues is stored. You can raise it to $09 (9 continues) with the help of a cartridge or an emulator.
Example for Vice: > 0914 09 (sets the counter for continues to 9)

Voting[edit | edit source]

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
8.06 points at 33 votes (rank 91).
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C64Games 10 20th January 2007 - "highlight" - 3603 Downloads
Lemon64 7,1 20th January 2007 - 30 votes
Kultboy.com 8,16 26th June 2011 - 44 votes

Reviews[edit | edit source]

Logan: "Up to level 3-1 the game is fun. Then it gets too hard for me. And the levels 4-1 to 5-2 are to linear for my taste."

H.T.W: "Played through the original version with 36!! lives. Great job, ahem :))

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Versions[edit | edit source]

  • HtW - Version (available at C64-Games.de)
incl. Wanderer +8 (v2 - all levels), incl. intro story of preview 1, incl. preview v2 (by Onslaught), incl. highscore reseter, incl. start menu
  • Wanderer +5
(The trainer works only fully until level 2-2 and with end bosses you get energy subtracted. In levels 3-1 to 3-2 you need to press the RESTORE  key to get unlimited lives. Starting from level 3-3 no trainer function works.)
  • Wanderer +7
  • IDE64 - version

Source release[edit | edit source]

Turrican III is Open Source.

  • The source release can be found on the homepage start page of Smash-Designs in the entry from the 06.09.2004.
  • And also in the zip at C64Games.de (see Links)

Cover[edit | edit source]

... Front cover ...
... Back cover ...

Highscore[edit | edit source]

Topscore of Ivanpaduano
  1. Ivanpaduano - 264.570 - 3-2 (05.07.2020)
  2. FXXS - 211.490 (10.11.2013)
  3. Helmutx - 171.480 (12.09.2010)
  4. H.T.W - 165.350 (04.08.2009)

#2 FXXS #3 Helmutx
#2 FXXS #3 Helmutx

Links[edit | edit source]