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  • genre shooter / action / sci-fi
  • download size 17 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 3932 user ratings.
  • release date November 30, 1999
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Eclipse Productions / Eclipse Productions
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • soundtrack

What's cool about it:

  • Classic, oldschool and just awesome vertical schooter gameplay at its best.
  • Gameplay mechanics that are easy to learn but hard to master.
  • Ship Editor - create your own ship and rule the skies.


And you thought being a Terraforming Engineer would be a quiet life compared to being a Space Marine? Blasting rocks to make way for new settlements on Tyrian seemed like a quiet life, but your long-time Huzundra friend is now dead - bless his lizard hide. Murdered! And obviously Microsol, the Terraforming company wants you dead too! It's that huge new rock formation you and Buce uncovered - it's Gravitium, and it's priceless. Tyrian is the only planet where it exists in commercial quantities, and Microsol are determined to control it. You can expect them to throw all their resources against you - and they won't pull any punches.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

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Already open source and free

Posted on 2010-12-14 10:09:01 byjediknight304's avatarjediknight304:
Available here, this game is already open source and free. This makes it not much of a gift in the way of monetary value, but in Tyrian's case, the thought really does count. Better than most shooters I've played, this game has drawn me back over and over again. There are several game modes, many powerups, and more levels than I can remember right more The humor in dialog and graphics is memorable and whitty and overall I rate this game as perfect. Go ahead and play it through, (once, twice, ... thrice), you won't be disappointed.

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To Microsol or Bust!

Posted on 2010-12-14 10:30:55 bynuts32605's avatarnuts32605:

I've played my share of scrolling space shooters. But none of them grabbed me like Tyrian did. Exceptionally detailed pre-rendered graphics and backgrounds, an engaging soundtrack, and tons of weapons and hidden items/levels. Take a run through the story mode and you might not be able to put this game down. The enemies are varied in type, speed, and (certainly) strength. From massiveread more gunships and mounted turrets to small cannon fodder, Tyrian offers plenty of challenges. Each world is a completely different experience, all presented in Tyrian's hand-drawn pixel goodness.
Usually the downfall of many scrolling shooters is the difficulty (or lack thereof). There are many enemies that are cannon fodder and then there's also enemies who consider YOU cannon fodder. Having trouble in a level or certain boss? Open the options menu and turn down the game speed. Looking to make some speed runs in your stolen Microsol superiority fighter? Turn it up to turbo mode and hang on. Front and rear mounted weapons along with two sidekicks (that's side-mounted weapons for you atmosphere breathers) make your ship a force to be reckoned with and let's not forget the powerups.
The replay value of this game is not to be underestimated. With a branching level map and hidden levels abound there are plenty of ways to go. Also included in this sweet deal is the Ship Editor! Make your own hot-rod fighter and enjoy blasting through ships hundreds of times your size! So grab a copy and relish in the iridescent glow of that starship destroyer you just turned into a supernova, scream past the asteroids, and don't forget to visit the Interstellar House of Gruel! Tyrian is, truly, one of the most enjoyable 2D games around.

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Posted on 2010-12-14 10:17:19 byRoman5's avatarRoman5:

Tyrian was reborn when the 2000 version came out. And still lives today, thanks to the fans and If you don't know, Tyrian is a 2D Arcade-Scrolling game which the player controls a ship loaded with different weapons. What is so great in this one is the amount of depth, the amazing variety of options that you have to custom your ship or even the gameplay.
To start, let'sread more talk about the game's mechanic. You can play two types of single-player games: 'Arcade' and 'Full Game'. The Arcade mode let's you play Tyrian like the 19xx game series: You start with an weak ship and gets stronger by destroying the targets (flying enemy ships, buildings and so) and picking up the power-ups. This mode is old-school and is OK, especially if you're going to let a high score for others to beat. The 'Full Game' mode is away more interesting, and allows you to save and load your progress. You start with a very weak ship, 10,000 credits and a menu that you can buy and sell a variety of equipments for your ship. The first option is also one of the most important, it's about the ship you're gonna use. In general, the expansive one is the best (with a few rare exceptions). There is no big difference between the available ships, just the visual and the 'armor', which means how much damage you can take before you die. The other options lets the player to choose the 'front gun' (your main weapon), the 'rear gun', the 'left' and 'right sidekick', the 'shield' (additional protection to the armor) and your 'generator' (it produces the amount of energy necessary to recharge the shield and to use the weapons). Although there're a lot of options, you just need to use four keyboard keys and the directionals to play Tyrian 2000. Also, it can be played with the mouse.
The front and rear guns can be upgraded up to level 11. This increases the damage dealt, rate of fire, generator usage and the price to the next weapon's level. The left and right sidekicks are additional sources of damage, weaker than the front and rear guns. Some sidekicks have limited ammo, but they recharge over the time and also when a level is completed.
After upgrading and enhancing the ship, the player can start a level. Sometimes the game lets you to choose the next level, which significantly changes the game's course for a while. Each one has a lot of enemies, towers and other buildings to shoot at, not counting some asteroids and obstacles to dodge. Most targets, after destroyed, provides some cash and other few rare power-ups (some are temporary, others not). Almost every level you can find crystals, fruits, flying beers (!) etc. that gives you a lot of credits.
If you like story and some reading, there're a huge amount of text about almost everything in the game, found at the 'Data Cubes'. These ones are flying objects, mostly acquired after destroying an enemy. I recommend the reading of these messages; some of them contain important information of the game.
The 2000 version of Tyrian comes with two new episodes (added to the original three episodes), a few new weapons and ships, new levels to first three episodes and some in-between mini-games. The last episode is a joke, unfortunately. Although there're really good equipment for your ship, most enemies are flying, huge fruits and parts of the human body (noses, eyes...). But it's okay, because Tyrian 2000 already comes with sharp graphics, great sounds, amazing soundtracks and a freakin' replayability. You can try numerous of ship combinations, along with three difficult settings, not to mention the secrets.
Bottom line here: This game being free -you have no excuse. Download and play this game today. 5/5 Operating Systems is probably the big issue with Tyrian 2000, but this can be easily solved with DOS emulators. I recommend this game if you're either an oldware's fan or not.

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