Targ (video game)

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Targ
Targ flyer.jpg
Developer(s)Exidy
Publisher(s)
Platform(s)Arcade
Release
Genre(s)Maze
Shoot 'em up
Mode(s)1-2 players alternating

Targ is a 1980 arcade maze shoot 'em up game developed by Exidy, depicting vehicular combat in a future world. It was released in North America by Exidy in June 1980 and in Japan by Sega in July 1980.[1]

It was listed by Play Meter as one of only two maze games among the top 20 highest-grossing arcade video games of 1980, which was dominated by space shoot 'em ups.[2] A port of Targ was developed for the Atari 2600 by CBS Games, but was never released.[3] Its success prompted Exidy to release Spectar, a sequel with improved graphics, in July 1980.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

Screenshot

The locale, described by the game cabinet as "The Crystal City", is a simple 10x10 grid of roads demarcated by rectangular buildings. The player, piloting the Wummel, which looks like a small green car, maneuvers through the maze trying to shoot enemies and avoid collisions with them. Most of the enemies consist of angry-looking red wedges known as Targs. Occasionally, a small cyan-colored Spectar Smuggler appears; shooting it scores a significant bonus. When all enemies are destroyed, a bonus is awarded and a new round starts. If the player takes too long to clear the board, the Targs' speed increases until they are traveling faster than the Wummel.

None of the enemies shoot back; their sole means of destroying the Wummel is ramming into it. Despite this, the game is quite challenging.

Reception[edit]

Electronic Games stated in 1983 that Targ had "one of the most unique approaches to the maze-chase contest".[5]

Other versions[edit]

Attack Force for the TRS-80 is a clone of Targ released by Big Five Software in 1980.[6]

Targ was sublicensed to Centuri, who manufactured it in a cocktail version.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akagi, Masumi (13 October 2006). アーケードTVゲームリスト国内•海外編(1971-2005) [Arcade TV Game List: Domestic • Overseas Edition (1971-2005)] (in Japanese). Japan: Amusement News Agency. pp. 35, 117. ISBN 978-4990251215.
  2. ^ Bloom, Steve (1982). Video Invaders. Arco Publishing. p. 41. ISBN 978-0668055208.
  3. ^ "Targ". Atari Protos.
  4. ^ "Spectar". Arcade History.
  5. ^ Pearl, Rick (June 1983). "Closet Classics". Electronic Games. p. 82. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  6. ^ Reed, Matthew. "Attack Force". trs-80.org.
  7. ^ www.centuri.net (10 April 2022). "Targ". Centuri.net. Retrieved 10 April 2022. {{cite web}}: |archive-url= is malformed: timestamp (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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