Turok: Evolution (2002)

by Nish
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Turok: Evolution is a first-person shooter game set in the Lost Land, a world filled with dinosaurs and ancient temples. Players take on the role of Tal’Set, a warrior navigating through treacherous environments, battling fierce creatures, and uncovering the secrets of this mysterious world.


Turok: Evolution is a first-person shooter game developed by Acclaim Studios Austin and published by Acclaim Entertainment in 2002. It serves as a prequel to the Turok series and offers players an epic adventure set in the Lost Land, a world teeming with dinosaurs and ancient mysteries.


“Turok: Evolution”, released in 2002, is a first-person shooter video game developed by Acclaim Studios Austin and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It is a prequel to “Turok: Dinosaur Hunter” and was the last to follow in the series before it was rebooted by a 2008 entry in the series, called “Turok”.

The game begins with the seer, Tarkeen, explaining the history of the Lost Lands which had, for years, been fought over by tyrannic warlords. The Lost Lands, a place of mystery and intrigue, have been the battleground for numerous conflicts, each one leaving its mark on the landscape and its inhabitants.

On Earth during the old west, Tal’Set, our protagonist, faces off with his enemy, Captain Bruckner. In a fierce battle, Tal’Set succeeds in cutting off Bruckner’s arm, but both of them are suddenly and inexplicably sucked into a wormhole. This wormhole opens in the jungle canopy of the Lost Land, and Tal’Set is nearly killed from the fall.

He is found unconscious by the people of the River Village who call upon Tarkeen to heal him. Once healed, Tal’Set enters the jungle to fight reptilian humanoids known as the Sleg, aiming to keep them away from the Village. Tal’Set and River Village pilot Genn fly upon pterosaur-back to evict the Sleg from the jungle and destroy their airship.

Tal’Set reaches Tarkeen’s sanctum and is told he must accept the mantle of Turok and release Tarkeen from a curse. When Tal’Set refuses, Tarkeen tells him that the Sleg had managed to reach the Village. This enrages Tal’Set which prompts him to cut through the mountains to reach the Sleg base to free the villagers and Wise Father from captivity.

Tal’Set proceeds to liberate the prisoners and destroy the base. Here, he learns of the existence of a human general, none other than Bruckner himself, who had ordered the attack on the village. It is also learned that the Sleg are planning to assault the human capitol, Galyana, but for their army to reach it, they must cross a giant chasm with only two known crossings.

In this exciting journey, you are Tal’Set, the saviour of natives of the River Village in the Lost Lands, who must confront the evil Lord Tyrannus, leader of the reptilian hordes. Tyrannus is bent on a “Holy Mission” to purify the Lost Land through slaughter and misery.

“Turok: Evolution” is not just a game, but a journey through a world filled with danger and excitement. It’s a story of survival, courage, and the will to fight against all odds. As you navigate through the Lost Lands, you’ll encounter a variety of challenges and enemies, each more dangerous than the last. But with courage and determination, you can overcome anything that stands in your way. Welcome to the world of “Turok: Evolution”.


Tal’Set: The main protagonist, a warrior thrust into the conflict of the Lost Land. Other characters include various tribal leaders, enemy soldiers, and a host of different dinosaurs that Tal’Set encounters throughout his journey.


The gameplay in Turok: Evolution is a mix of first-person shooting and exploration. Players navigate through diverse environments, engage in combat with a variety of enemies, and solve puzzles to progress. The game introduces new weapons and features aerial combat segments where players can fly on the back of a Quetzalcoatlus.


Turok: Evolution is a noteworthy addition to the Turok series, offering players a chance to explore the origins of the franchise in a prehistoric setting. Despite its flaws, the game provides an entertaining experience for fans of action-adventure and dinosaur-themed games.

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