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Hired Guns

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MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
82
3.7
DOS
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3.3
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Description

The year is 2712, and four mercenaries have been sent to the planet Graveyard on a hostage rescue mission. Upon arriving, however, they discover that the call for help was just an excuse to lure them into proving grounds, where they will have to fight genetically engineered creatures.

Hired Guns is an action RPG using square-based movements, à la Dungeon Master, in which up to four players can take part and set in a futuristic setting. The screen is split into 4 parts (or 3 in case 3 players play together), each one representing the viewpoint of the characters, these being selected from a team of 12 available mercenaries.

If one player plays alone, he will control all 4 characters, using the mouse to navigate between each character viewpoints. A follow mode is available to avoid tedious numerous amounts of clicking when moving several characters. If two players play together, then each player will use a mouse to control two characters.

In three or four-player mode, players can freely choose to control their characters via either a joystick/joypad or some of the predefined keyboard layouts or a mouse. When 4 people play together, the screen will display 4 viewpoints, like in 1 and 2-player modes. In 3-player mode, the top of the screen displays two viewpoints for player 1 and 2, but the lower part of the screen displays a single viewpoint, centered, for player 3.

Three game modes are available.
The Training mode features 5 simple maps on which the player(s) can learn how to move, use inventory items etc...

The Full Campaign mode takes the player(s) to the far reaches of the Luyten planetary system, on the planet Graveyard. Battling through more than 20 theaters of engagement, your team of mercenaries test their limits of military prowess in order to wipe out all threats on the planet surface. To this end, they have to make their way through the different missions and gather 4 fusion power core rings, before entering the final mission in the Spaceport.

Finally, in Short Action game mode, the player(s) can choose between 17 maps. On those maps, the player(s) will have to fight some enemies to reach the exit within a specified time limit. Additionally, when more than one player takes part in the mission, players will compete with each other since only the first to reach the exit will win.

Screenshots

Hired Guns Amiga The inventory with preferred gun in hand
Hired Guns Amiga This door required a key, which I luckily had
Hired Guns Amiga Water, robots can enter this safely while humans needs some equipment
Hired Guns Amiga Moving first player

Alternate Titles

  • "שכירי חרב" -- Hebrew spelling

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User Reviews

Gunning for a great game? It's right here. DOS Ummagumma (73)
The greatest game to have ever graced the humble Amiga Amiga chris nunn (6)

The Press Says

Amiga Force Amiga Oct, 1993 97 out of 100 97
Amiga Dream Amiga Nov, 1993 93 out of 100 93
CU Amiga Amiga Oct, 1993 91 out of 100 91
The One Amiga Sep, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1993 88 out of 100 88
Génération 4 DOS Jan, 1994 81 out of 100 81
Retrogaming History Amiga Sep 29, 2009 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1994 8 out of 12 67
Amiga Computing Amiga May, 1992 62 out of 100 62
Power Play Amiga Nov, 1993 56 out of 100 56

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Trivia

Cancelled successor

There was a newer PC version of Hired Guns being developed by Devil’s Thumb Entertainment in Boulder, Colorado, that was announced to come out in 1999 but got cancelled due to Psygnosis leaving the American PC game market in 2000 for PlayStation games.

Copy protection

The Amiga version featured two-stage copy protection. Once the password protection had been removed, the game appeared to be cracked. However, the game would recognise that the copy was pirated, and refuse to save the player's progress.

Inspiration

The unmanned sentry guns that can be placed down are inspired by the similar ones in the Special Edition of the movie Aliens (1986) according to Scott Johnston, lead designer of Hired Guns.

Information also contributed by ronalddvd and xxxxxxxxxxx

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