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Mercenary (ZX Spectrum)

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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.


Mercenary ZX Spectrum Wire frames can be deceiving. This smudge looked like some sort of spider ....
Mercenary ZX Spectrum The ships computer has stopped sending messages. Now I'm off exploring. This must be the airfield.
Mercenary ZX Spectrum The computer supplies a status report. Crash landed on Taarg, Prestinium destroyed, State of war between Palyars and Mechanoids, location near airbase. There's a ship for sale there
Mercenary ZX Spectrum Everything is wire framed and can be flown through

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Your Sinclair Jul, 1991 99 out of 100 99
The Games Machine (UK) Oct, 1987 96 out of 100 96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Dec, 1987 870 out of 1000 87


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1001 Video Games

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


  • Commodore Format
    • April 1991 (Issue 7) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

Related Web Sites

  • 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.')
Martin Smith (63132) added Mercenary (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 03, 2004
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