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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This version of Universal Chaos (Targ) was designed for Atari 2600, which was commercially very successful video game console of second generation produced by Atari from 1977 to 1992. It was the first console that used removable memory modules with games. At the time of its greatest fame, more than 30 million units of this console were sold for about $ 200 a piece. To date, the game library for this console contains nearly 1,000 original games. More information about the
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