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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 ZX Spectrum Starting with a small green dot the player hurtles towards the wire framed planetary surface
Mercenary ZX Spectrum ... and turned out to be a bridge
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 Commodore 16, Plus/4 About to crash.

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1991 99 out of 100 99
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 97 out of 100 97
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1987 96 out of 100 96
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Feb, 1987 94 out of 100 94
Computer Gamer Commodore 16, Plus/4 Jul, 1986 18 out of 20 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Commodore 64 Oct 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari 8-bit Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1987 870 out of 1000 87
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC May, 1987 85 out of 100 85
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 12 out of 15 80

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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.

Popularity at Commodore Format

Boht 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"

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

Related Web Sites

  • 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)
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