OpenTyrian – Port of the DOS shoot-em-up Tyrian


OpenTyrian is a port of the DOS vertical shoot-em-up Tyrian. Tyrian is an arcade-style vertical scrolling shooter developed by Eclipse Software and published in 1995 by Epic MegaGames.

The story is set in the year 20,031. You play Trent Hawkins, a skilled fighter-pilot employed to fight MicroSol and save the galaxy. His latest assignment is the planet Tyrian, which is located near the territory of the Hazudra, who are a lizard-like race.

The player controls a space ship fitted with different weapons (front and back, linked to the same button, and up to two external pods with their own buttons) and other equipment. The game presents a variety of enemies (some flying, some fixed, some on rails) and bosses, with many occurrences of fixed and/or indestructible obstacles. Before the player’s starship is destroyed it must take enough damage to exhaust several points of shields (which regenerate over time) and armor.

  • Network multiplayer
  • Story mode
  • One- and two-player arcade modes
  • Three difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard


The Tyrian source code was (more or less) licensed to the OpenTyrian developers for an open-source port. There are console builds for Android, Amiga, Atari Falcon 060, BlackBerry, Dingoo, Dreamcast, DS, GameCube, Gizmondo, GP2X, GP32, GCW Zero, Nokia Internet Tablets, PSP, PS3 Linux, Symbian, Wii, Wiz, and ZuneHD.

Developer: OpenTyrian Developers
License: GNU GPL v2
Written in: C

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