Written by Jeff Minter at Llamasoft and first published by Ariolasoft in 1985, Batalyx is a compendium of six minigames that can be played in any order. Completing them all must be done within a set time limit in order to beat the game.
The Atari 8-bit version of the classic Mercenary is the original, published by Novagen in 1985.
From the opening sequence onwards you know that you are in for a special ride with Mercenary, and exploring the wireframe world of Targ (the name of the planet you’re trapped on) is a video-gaming joy – especially with the easy-to-use controls.
A fine 16-bit conversion of the classic Mercenary by Paul Woakes, written by Woakes himself it seems. And why wouldn’t it be? It’s a great game and deserves doing right, so who better to code it than the original creator?
Paul Woakes‘ third game in the Mercenary series (after Damocles) retains all the flying, exploration and puzzling of the first two games, but also allows you to fly off planet, and visit other places in the Gamma System.
Developer Paul Woakes takes the Mercenary series much further in Damocles (1990) – the second game in the series.
Novagen‘s classic 3D exploration game Mercenary was first released in 1985.