Mercenary Kings last edited by kodial on 11/10/18 03:06AM View full history

Overview

2D side-scrolling shooters of yore are a major source of inspiration.
2D side-scrolling shooters of yore are a major source of inspiration.

Mercenary Kings is a 2D side-scrolling shooter by Tribute Games. It was announced as a Kickstarter project with a goal of $75k and was successfully funded with $116k raised. It did not reach any of its stretch goals. An unfinished version of the game with 60 missions was released via Steam Early Access on July 22nd, 2013.

A PlayStation 4 version of the game was announced during Sony's E3 2013 Press Conference. It was released on April 1st, 2014 as the PS4 game for April's Playstation Plus Instant Game Collection.

An OUYA version was announced and continuously confirmed for eventual release; it did not release by the time the OUYA storefront stopped accepting new games, and instead, released on the OUYA's successor, Razer's Forge TV, published by OUYA Publishing, as well as Amazon Fire TV and Android TV on September 8, 2016.

Gameplay

Mercenary Kings features both local and online co-op.
Mercenary Kings features both local and online co-op.

Combat in Mercenary Kings is inspired by old-school 2D side-scrolling shooters like Metal Slug and Contra. The game also takes inspiration from the Monster Hunter series, in particular the idea of tracking bosses that move around the map as the player engages them.

Mercenary Kings features a hub area where players can pick up missions (each of which must be completed in a certain time limit), talk to NPCs, change their appearance and craft weapons. Missions can be tackled co-operatively, either online or locally.

System Requirements

PC System Requirements
OS: Windows Vista or later
Processor: Intel Core Duo or faster
Video Card: OpenGL 3.0 compliant video card
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 300 MB HD space
Mac System Requirements
OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later
Processor: Intel Core Duo or faster
Video Card: Open GL 3.0 compliant video card
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive: 300 MB HD space
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