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Mercenary box and manual

With the former Novagen team agreement, here are some box scans and manuals for Mercenary.


About Mercenary, Bruce Jordan said: "a product life extending to four years with various format and language conversions consolidated with the 'Second City' dataset and the Targ Survival Kit 'add-on goodie' enabling various issues and re-packagings to a total of 44 individual product releases".

Products will be described by: game name - computer - medium - language - editor. This is just a try, there are so many various releases that it might have to be organized differently. See the games versions page to have an idea of how complicated it will be.

Only a few and random versions are showed here. Most scans are from The Mercenary Site, some have been (shame on me) stolen here or there over the Internet (Ebay and other). Please send yours if different, or send me a mail for credit if you recognize one of your pictures!
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Escape From Targ - Atari 8 bits - tape - English - Novagen. Picture (click to see)
Overview.Click for bigger picture
Inlay, scanned at 120dpi.Click for bigger picture
Tape, scanned at 120dpi.Click for bigger picture
Manual cover.Click for bigger picture
Manual pages 1-2.Click for bigger picture
Manual pages 3-4.Click for bigger picture
Manual pages 5-6.Click for bigger picture
Advert for the Targ Survival Kit.Click for bigger picture
Advert for Encounter and the Targ Survival Kit.Click for bigger picture
Advert for the disk version.Click for bigger picture
Escape From Targ - Commodore Plus4 - tape - English - Novagen. (thanks to Allan U.) Picture (click to see)
Inlay and manual.Click for bigger picture
Tape.Click for bigger picture
Escape From Targ - all comptuers - all mediums - instructions in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish; game in English or French - EDOS. Picture (click to see)
Inlay, scanned at 120dpi. Note that this is an EDOS version, standing for Electronic Distribution Of Software. It was a distribution system around 1991-92, with a PC comptuer that could write all medias (tapes, 3", 3.5" or 5.25" disks), from a CD-ROM apparently. This allowed sellers to have less stocks since they used a standard disk or tape to copy the program. They just had to store inlays and boxes (that were big enough to hold any media from tape to 5"25 disk)
So the game was availalbe for 8-bits Atari, Commodore, Spectrum, Amstrad, as well as Amiga or Atari ST, on disk or tape, in English or French (the catalogue didn't show the German version). This instructions were translated in 5 languages, though the game wasn't.
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Disk, scanned at 120dpi. The EDOS disk was unlabelled, I wrote "Mercenary" myself on it.
Funny thing: I bought this EDOS French Atari ST version of Escape From Targ, and noticed The Second City was on the disk, simply erased. A little file restoring and both games were there!
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Multilingual manual, page 1.Click for bigger picture
Multilingual manual, page 2.Click for bigger picture
Multilingual manual, page 3.Click for bigger picture
Escape From Targ - Atari ST - disk - English - Datasoft. Picture (click to see)
Box of the Datasoft version - front.Click for bigger picture
Box - back.Click for bigger picture
Escape From Targ - Atari and Commodore 8-bits - disk or tape? - English - Datasoft. Picture (click to see)
Unknown box of the Datasoft version - apparently for 8-bits Commodore and Atari.Click for bigger picture
Escape From Targ - Atari 800 - disk - English, seen on Ebay. Picture (click to see)
Overview of this version sold on Ebay. What is this strange map, is it taken from a magazine?Click for bigger picture
The Second City - Atari 8 bits - tape - English - Novagen. Picture (click to see)
Overview.Click for bigger picture
Inlay, scanned at 120dpi.Click for bigger picture
Tape, scanned at 120dpi.Click for bigger picture
Second City manual, pasge 1.Click for bigger picture
Second City manual, pasge 2.Click for bigger picture
The Second City - Commodore Plus4 - tape - English - Novagen. (thanks to Allan U.) Picture (click to see)
Inlay and manual.Click for bigger picture
Tape.Click for bigger picture
Mercenary compendium - Atari ST - disk - French - Novagen. Picture (click to see)
Overview, I guess the box is missing, or was it sold like this?Click for bigger picture
Inlay.Click for bigger picture
Disk.Click for bigger picture
Mercenary compendium - C64 - tape - English - Novagen. Picture (click to see)
Overview, with novella Interlude On Targ and the Targ Survival Kit.Click for bigger picture
Mercenary compendium - Spectrum +3 - disk - English - Novagen. Picture (click to see)
Overview, apparently without any extras (Interlude On Targ or Targ Survival Kit). Labelled only "+3", was this the only Spectrum model with 3" disks?Click for bigger picture
Mercenary compendium - Amstrad CPC - disk - French - Novagen. Picture (click to see)
Box front, Amstrad CPC French version.Click for bigger picture


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