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Mercs is a shoot 'em up influenced by Ikari Warriors. You are an anti-terrorism soldier, and must rescue a former President from a Central African revolutionary gang.

You run through each of the 8 levels, which primarily scroll horizontally, shooting everyone before they can shoot you. At times you will have to shoot trees and other scenery to progress.

Finding strategic placings is important, especially as you can't shoot while on water. Most of the time you are on foot, but at times you can hijack vehicles of shot foes. There are improved weapons, smart bombs and energy recharges to collect. Each of the 8 levels ends with a large vehicle requiring multiple shots to destroy.


Mercs Genesis Lifted up on a ledge
Mercs Genesis High scores
Mercs Genesis Arcade game start
Mercs Genesis Walking a lonely road to start the level

Promo Images

Mercs Screenshot
Mercs Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "戦場の狼Ⅱ" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS" -- Wii title
  • "Senjō no Ōkami II" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Nov, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1991 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic May 21, 2000 A- 91
Sega Force (UK) Jan, 1992 89 out of 100 89
GamePro (US) Nov, 1991 4 out of 5 80
IGN Feb 09, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75 Mar 18, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Video Games Dec, 1991 70 out of 100 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1991 7 out of 12 58
Play Time Jan, 1992 57 out of 100 57


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Capcom Generations

Game was also released in Capcom Generations from PlayStation, it is straight conversion from arcade. The game is on the third disk of collection.


  • Commodore Format
    • October 1995 (Issue 61) – The Bottom 10 Games of all Time

Martin Smith (66812) added Mercs (Genesis) on Jan 08, 2006
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