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Description

Due to an engine malfunction, your spaceship crashes on the planet Targ. Unlike your trusty vessel, you survive the crash and now have to find a way to get away from this planet. But hey, while you're at it, you might as well try to get some money off your unplanned stay on Targ.

You're a mercenary, and it just so happens that the two races on the planet are at war. So why not use that to your advantage and do some favors for each race... against cash?

You play this game in a first-person perspective with vector graphics. There's a huge planet for you to explore, you can walk around on it or take airborne vehicles to reach elevated locations.

Screenshots

Mercenary Atari 8-bit Flying along.
Mercenary Atari 8-bit Title screen
Mercenary Atari 8-bit Title screen (64k tape version)
Mercenary Atari 8-bit Oh, me poor ship!

Alternate Titles

  • "Mercenary: Escape from Targ" -- In-game title
  • "Mercenary: Die Flucht von Targ" -- German tag-lined title

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Computer and Video Games (CVG) Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Mercenary appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • April 1991 (Issue 7) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #37 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games

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  • AtariMania (Atari 8-bit) (for Atari 8-bit: database; downloadable releases; artwork; additional material)
  • AtariMania (Atari ST) (for Atari ST: database; downloadable releases; artwork; additional material)
  • Commodore Plus/4 World (for Commodore 16, Plus/4: downloadable releases; online emulation of game; artwork; additional material)
  • CPC-Power (in French) (for Amstrad CPC: downloadable releases; artwork; additional material)
  • Game Base 64 (for C64: Downloadable links, Database, Music, Emulation, Frontends, Reviews and Articles)
  • Lemon 64 (for C64: games, reviews and music)
  • The Mercenary Site (A site dedicated to the Mercenary series of games, and home of MDDClone; 'An on-going project that brings the Mercenary series of games to the PC. The latest version includes Mercenary 1: Escape From Targ, The Second City, Damocles, and Mercenary III: The Dion Crisis.')
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (encyclopaedic entry for combined platforms)
  • World of Spectrum (for ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material; remakes links; magazine references; magazine adverts)
Kabushi (155279) added Mercenary (Atari 8-bit) on Feb 07, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (10733), FatherJack (58544), Kabushi (155279) and Martin Smith (62981)