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Universal Chaos (Targ) - Atari 2600

Atari 2600 joystick:

Atari 2600 joystick

Joystick control:


Player 1: Player 2:
joystick ↑↓←→ TGFH
trigger Spacebar A
Pause Alt+P Alt+P
Save F8 F8
black-white / color mode:  F2
paddle / joystick mode: Alt+L


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Game info:
Universal Chaos (Targ) - box cover
box cover
Game title: Universal Chaos (Targ)
Console: Atari 2600
Author (released): Telegames (1983)
Genre: Action Mode: Multiplayer
Game manual: manual.pdf

File size:

95 kB
Download: Universal_Chaos.a26

Game size:

4 kB
Recommended emulator: Stella

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

   Targ was a successful 1980 game by Exidy depicting vehicular combat in a future world.
   The locale is described by the game cabinet as 'The Crystal City': it is a simple 9x9 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. Most of the enemies consist of angry-looking red wedges, or 'Targs'. Occasionally, a small cyan-colored 'Spectar Smuggler' will appear; shooting this is worth a significant point bonus. When all the enemies have been destroyed, a bonus is awarded and a new round starts. If the player takes too long to clear the board, the speed of the Targ ships increase until they are traveling faster than the player's Wummel.
   None of the enemies shoot back. Their sole means of killing the player is ramming in to him. Despite this, the game is quite challenging.
   Targ sold well enough to spawn a more elaborate sequel, Spectar. The 1982 game Crossfire for the Apple II and Atari platforms is often considered a port of Targ, though it does bears some differences (most notably, the ability of opponents to fire). A closer clone is the TRS-80 Attack Force. A direct port of Targ was developed for the Atari 2600 by CBS Games, but was never released due to the video game crash of 1983.

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Recommended Game Controllers:

You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB joystick that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a joystick, buy a suitable USB controller in Amazon or in some of your favorite online stores.

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