|Released by Telegames as
Port of the of the obscure Exidy coin-op of the same name, Targ is
a simple yet strangely addictive action game that never saw a home port.
Originally planned as a CBS release, Targ fairly far along in the
development process but shelved due to the crumbling video game market.
Targ was eventually picked up, finished, and released by Telegames
as Universal Chaos. However due to licensing issues, the graphics
and name had to be changed.
Targ's gameplay is simple, you must maneuver you ship (the Wummel)
through the Crystal City and destroy all the enemy ships before they ram
into you. Sound easy? Well there's a little catch, the Wummel
is constantly moving forward through the maze at breakneck speeds! It
takes several seconds to slow down and turn the Wummel around, making
it a risk proposition. This makes a relatively simple game much more challenging
(and exciting). The further you progress into the game, the faster
the Wummel and the Ram ships will move.
Due to the limitations of the 2600, the 9x9 maze from the
original coin-op has been reduced to 5x9. This actually makes the
game much harder as there is less maze to hide in. Another change
to this version is that the Spector Smuggler is absent. In the arcade
version every now and then one of the squares in the maze will open up
and a new ship called the Spector Smuggler will appear. The Spector
acts just like the Ram ships, but shooting it is worth big bonus points
which increase with each level. The Spector is present in the later
Telegames version and in Universal Chaos, so one has to wonder if this
omission is due to the CBS version being incomplete.
Targ is actually very similar to the Sierra computer game
Crossfire, but I guess no one noticed as no copyright suits were ever
filed. Targ's sequel, Spectar, was promised for release on the Colecovision,
but this version too never saw the light of day. While it's not
exactly a sleeper hit, Targ is still a great game that deserved a better
fate. Just one question; exactly what is a Targ?
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