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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 Atari ST Have you noticed that the napalm cloud looks like the MERCS logo?
Mercs Atari ST A helicopter boss
Mercs Arcade Keep shooting.
Mercs Genesis One section of 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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User Reviews

Capcom's answer to Ikari Warriors Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39652)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Genesis May 21, 2000 A- 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Sega Force (UK) Genesis Jan, 1992 89 out of 100 89
The One for ST Games Atari ST Jun, 1991 81 out of 100 81
IGN Genesis Feb 09, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jul, 1991 75 out of 100 75 Genesis Jun 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Amiga Power Amiga Jun, 1991 64 out of 100 64
VideoGame SEGA Master System Aug, 1992 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Atari ST Sep, 1991 42 out of 100 42


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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

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