Turrican Flashback Review – PlayStation 4

ININ Games has been on a roll lately bringing some classic video game franchises to modern platforms. We’ve covered some of their recent ones such as Space Invaders Forever and Bubble Bobble 4 Friends and just got the opportunity to check out their latest with that being Turrican Flashback. After going through everything that this collection has to offer, I’ll lead this review by saying you should go into this one with caution.

My first and only experience with the Turrican franchise was with Mega Turrican on the Sega Mega Drive that released in 1994. Turrican Flashback consists of four games: Turrican 1 & 2 for the Amiga, Mega Turrican for the Sega Mega Drive, and Super Turrican for the SNES. Upon jumping into this collection on the PlayStation 4 and looking around a bit I was pretty disappointed right away. While you are getting four pretty good games here the problem is that all you are getting is four old games with not much for new features or improvements. You do get a rewind feature and the ability to make saves and both of these will make these games easier to finish for more players. There are also some changes made to the controls to make them a bit easier for modern day players. Besides that, you get a few little wallpapers and not much else and for a $30 package I find that to be quite disappointing. More games like Super Turrican 2 or other extra features like an art gallery, music player, or online leaderboards would’ve helped make this collection more robust and easier to recommend.

If you’ve never played developer Factor 5’s Turrican franchise before they are basically just run and gun shooters similar to something like Contra. They also have some rather good soundtracks that were composed by Chris Huelsbeck. The opening theme to Mega Turrican has always stayed in my memory since playing that game as a kid and booting it up and listening to it again in Turrican Flashback was just as good. Throughout these four games, you’ll suit up in your robotic suit and explore rather large open levels. You’ll be shooting, jumping, exploring and more on your way to defeating the evil machine enemies.

The 2D 16-bit visuals in each game still held up rather well as I explored my way through each one. Exploring these open levels is worth it as there is plenty of secrets hidden away to find. While the controls are improved it is still easy to find yourself dying and thus probably resorting to using that rewind feature that was implemented. The first game in particular has some pretty challenging platforming sections where it is easy to mess up and die. While the gameplay in each game overall is still solid the fact that you are pretty much doing a lot of the same things in all four games made it grow a little old by the time I was done playing. That playtime is another potential issue with the asking price of this as these games can be finished in less than two hours each. That may be a bit longer if you’re not doing good at the game and not using the cheats but it’s worth mentioning. Oh, and if you’re planning on trying to earn the Platinum trophy in it on PlayStation you won’t be able to use the rewind and save features. You’re going to have to earn the trophies the hard way.

Turrican Flashback combines four of Factor 5’s classic Turrican titles together but is missing the features that players have come to expect from retro collections like this. The addition of rewind and save states are welcomed but the package is really let down by a lack of other compelling features and a lack of more games. I would stir on the side of caution for this collection at full price unless you’re just a massive fan of Turrican who is itching to suit back up again immediately.

*Turrican Flashback is available now on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 4 version reviewed on a PlayStation 5. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.

Turrican Flashback Collection

$29.99
6.5

Okay

6.5/10

Pros

  • Four classic Turrican titles made accessible to modern audiences
  • Reconfigured controls, save states, and rewind feature makes these games more approachable
  • Chris Huelsbeck's soundtracks are as good as ever

Cons

  • Not much for new features here
  • Missing some other games like Super Turrican 2
  • All four games start to feel the same

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