aka: Mercenary: Die Flucht von Targ, Mercenary: Escape from Targ
Atari 8-bit Specs [ all ]
Buy on Commodore 64

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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.

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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.

Popularity at Commodore Format

Both Commodore Format's launch Editor Steve Jarrett and Deputy Editor Sean Masterson considered Mercenary to be the greatest C64 game of all time. "What an achievement that was." notes Masterson in 2015, while Jarrett notes that it "had me totally captivated for weeks....a true adventure and a genuinely spooky experience"


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

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  • AtariMania (Atari 8-bit)
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  • CPC-Power (in French)
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  • Game Base 64
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  • Lemon 64
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  • 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
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  • MobyGames ID: 10982


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by EboMike.

Atari ST added by Trypticon. Amstrad CPC added by FatherJack. Atari 8-bit, Commodore 16, Plus/4 added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: Martin Smith, Jack Lightbeard, formercontrib, FatherJack, ZeTomes.

Game added November 12th, 2003. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.