Turbo the Tortoise

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Turbo the Tortoise cover (Commodore 64)
Turbo the Tortoise cover (Commodore 64)
Developer(s) Visual Impact
Publisher(s) Hi-Tec Software
(re-release) Codemasters
Artist(s) Jarrod Bentley, Dennis Mulliner
Composer(s) Gerard Gourley
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64
Release 1992
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player

Turbo the Tortoise is a platform video game published in 1992 by Hi-Tec Software, developed by Visual Impact for the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and Commodore 64.[1]


Turbo (initially named Wal) is a pet tortoise of a scientist named Dr. Mulliner, which one day hibernates inside his "Matter doesn't Matter" chamber. Dr. Mulliner and his assistant Beckett, unaware of this fact, decide to start the generators to make way for his latest experiment on cybernetic technology. While the experiment itself is a disaster and part of the equipment is damaged due to the presence of the tortoise on the chamber, this granted Turbo with "Super Tortoise Powers". Since the experiment cannot be restarted due to lack of supplies, Dr. Mulliner assigns Turbo the task of finding and retrieving the six vital components for his experiment which are scattered in six different time periods.[2]


Review scores
Publication Score
Sinclair User 85%[3]
Your Sinclair 94%[4]
Zzap!64 81%[5]
Publication Award
Your Sinclair YS Megagame

Turbo the Tortoise was well received with highly positive reviews from several publications of its time.

  • Your Sinclair magazine gave it a 94% and a "YS Megagame" award of recognition stating "Turbo the Tortoise is a superb game. It's thoroughly playable and wonderfully varied. The gameplay is spot-on, the villains tough and the jumping pulse quickening."
  • Sinclair User magazine's reviewer Paul Rand gave it 85% saying "It's addictive, enjoyable, challenging, and reasonably cute though"
  • Zzap!64 review by Phil King awarded it 81% saying "Packed with action, Turbo's certainly not at all lethargic, and you won't want to put it back in its box till you've completed it".


  1. ^ Turbo the Tortoise on World of Spectrum
  2. ^ Original game instructions
  3. ^ Rand, Paul (August 1992). "Turbo the Tortoise". Sinclair User (126): 20–21. 
  4. ^ "Turbo the Tortoise". Your Sinclair (79): 12. July 1992. 
  5. ^ King, Phil (July 1992). "Turbo the Tortoise". Zzap!64 (86): 57. 

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