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| 1980

Release type:
Units produced: Exidy
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy4way), Buttons(1)
Number of Players: 1
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SoundMix: Mono
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MAME folder name: targ

Display: raster 256x256 @ 60.00Hz (60.00 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver exidy.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 8; Savestate: unsupported

hra2b-1 with 32kb
sha1:adf1c1770695f7614c95eceb803f662c5b096a76 crc:38e8024b
hrl10a-1 with 2048kb
sha1:e123bdb02b3b5f6a59c1e7c9ef557fe6bb19c62c crc:969744e1
hrl11d-1 with 1024kb
sha1:aa4763e49df65e5686a96431543580b8d8285893 crc:9f03513e
hrl14h-1 with 32kb
sha1:197e0cc508ffeb5cefa4046bdfb158939d598225 crc:f76b4fcf
hrl5c-1 with 256kb
sha1:5f2888d168de874021b51c5d19a62fb8165e4454 crc:a24290d0
hrl6a-1 with 2048kb
sha1:17c0e67e1a0b263b57d70a148cc5d5099fecbb40 crc:a60a1bfc
hrl7a-1 with 2048kb
sha1:b66743c296d3d4caba3bcbe6aa68cd6edd414816 crc:e2f37f93
hrl8a-1 with 2048kb
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hrl9a-1 with 2048kb
sha1:0e705e3e32021e55af4414fa0e2ccbc4980ee848 crc:a177a72d
stl6d-1 with 32kb
sha1:eec35b6aa2c2d305418306bf4a1754a0583f109f crc:e26f9053
Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.

LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)

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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip

Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Targ (c) 1980 Exidy.

Targ is a 1 or 2-player shooter game released by Exidy in 1980. Your town is invaded by Targ riders, you must maneuver the heroic vehicle Wummel to destroy them. From time to time, a Spectar comes into screen, and can be destroyed for extra bonus.

Action takes place into a 9x9 grid, 'Crystal City', where the player's vehicle must avoid and chase down 10 enemy wedge-shaped vehicles. When all enemies are destroyed, you are awarded an extra bonus and can access the following level. 2 players can alternate in the game. You use a 4-way joystick to control the Wummel, and a pushbutton to fire at enemies. Progressing in the gameplay causes the Targs to become faster and smarter, for a fast and furious gameplay.


Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 705.562 Khz)
Sound Chips : DAC

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


Targ was released in June 1980. It was the first 'fantasy theme' game.

While in that period many western companies licensed games from Japanese developers (Exidy itself licensed Nintendo's "Sheriff" as "Bandido"), Targ is one of the few western games that made it in the opposite way, being licensed by Sega for Japanese distribution.

Targ stands for 'Target'. 'Spectar' stands for 'Special Target'.


Scoring in this game is pretty easy although it is done a bit differently. You will be given the score value of a Targ Ramship at the beginning of each level. This is how you can figure out which level you are currently on.
Targ Ramship : 10 points x level
Spectar Smuggler : 100-900 points (by 100's)

You also get a bonus for completing a level. The bonus is 1000 points x level number.


When you start the game, your Wummel will be in the bottom right corner of the screen. There will be 10 Targ Ramships at the top of the 10 vertical lanes.

* Learn how your Wummel operates. You can go pretty fast in one direction. To turn around, though, takes a little time since you have to slow down before you turn around. You can use this deceleration, though, to your advantage to trap enemy units and sometimes get multiple kills.

* You can only have one missile on the screen at any one time. Plan your shots accordingly. In addition, you can only fire forward.

* All enemies on the screen will avoid trying to be in front of your Wummel. That means you must quickly get in front or behind them so they don't veer off to avoid your fire. This means you may have to plan a few ambushes to take out the enemies.

* All the enemies (Targ Ramships and Spectral Smugglers) only move at full speed. This can work to your advantage since if they are coming at you, you can decelerate your Wummel and pick them off.

* If you must turn around quickly, the easiest (and best) way to achieve this is to go around the blocks. Three right turns can turn you from the hunted into the hunter. In addition, this is great for setting up ambushes and taking out the enemy ships quickly.

* Try to isolate enemy ships. If you try to take on a ''pack'' of them, you will lose since there are so many different directions that the enemy ships can come from.

* During the first three levels, you have enough speed to avoid your attackers. This changes on level four and beyond as the enemy ships can easily outrun your Wummel. This means you will need to make very quick turns in order to get behind them.

* Also, if you take too long on a level, the enemy ships will speed up to make quick work of your Wummel.

* As you progress through the levels, the enemy ships will get ''smarter'' and attempt to corner your Wummel. Your safest action is to avoid being trapped while picking off individual enemy ships to even the odds.

* Nifty little trivia note : The game screen is an optical illusion. If you stare at the yellow boxes, you will see yellow circles form at the intersections. Nothing that affects game play but still interesting.


1. Targ (1980)
2. Spectar (1980)


* Consoles :
Atari 2600 [US] (1988) "Universal Chaos [Model 7062-A305]"

* Computers :
Tandy Color Computer [US] (1983) "Storm Arrows"
Commodore C64 (19??)


Edit this entry: http://www.arcade-history.com/?&page=detail&id=2835&o=2

Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 00C1 00000009 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives
00000001 00B1 00000000 FFFFFFFF Finish this Round Now!
20800000 1ACE 000000AD FFFFFFFF Invincibility

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file