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Episode Info: Tweet#PA2030, Published by Atari Corp. In this episode I cover the very last game originally developed at Epyx, Inc., Zarlor Mercenary, released in October of 1990. Alphabetically, it’s also the very last original-release game for the Lynx. Plus, as far as I know, it’s the only Lynx game that has “Mendicants”…or “Medicants”…or “Merdicants.” I’ve included vital statistics, credits, gameplay, reviews and ratings, some fun facts and trivia, and some listener feedback about the game. ZARLOR MERCENARY VITAL STATISTICSRelease Date: October of 1990.Initial retail price: In the US: $34.99; in the UK: £29.99.Cartridge: 128k (likely) stereo curved lip-style cartridge.Genre: Top-down vertically scrolling shooter for one player, or two-to-four players using the ComLynx cable.Screen/playfield orientation: landscape (horizontal).Other Ports: There were no ports of this game to any other systems.Sequels: There were no sequels to this game.Levels: There are six levels, or “Missions,” in both the single and multi-player versions of the game: Level 1-Cadmar Desert; Level 2-Mesort Swamp; Level 3-Docrit Sea; Level 4-Sedimor Domes; Level 5-Mardic Ice; and Level 6-Cedmite City.Carton:  Full-color standard-tab regular-size carton (5 3/8″ by 4 3/8″ by 7/8″). There were also French and Japanese versions of the carton sold, as well as a blister pack.Manual: A 20-page (including front and back covers) stapled regular-sized booklet manual in monochrome, measuring the usual 4 7/8” high by 3 ¾” wide.Languages: As far as I can determine, the manual was available in the U.S. in an English version only. ZARLOR MERCENARY CREDITSDeveloper: Epyx, Inc.Programming: Chuck Sommerville  (audio and video of Chuck’s joint interview with LX Rudis in 2018 on The Atari Lynx Handycast)Graphics: Matthew CrysdaleLevels, Music, SFX: Christopher GriggAdditional Programming: Stephen Landrum LYNXED INNinjabba’s At It Again! Jasper van Turnhout, also known as Ninjabba on Atari Age, and who released his critically acclaimed homebrew game Wyvern Tales back in May of 2018, has now released a new teaser demo that he has developed for what could potentially become another homebrew title for the Lynx. The demo is called Nomad Rally 2018, and anyone interested in viewing the demo in emulation or in downloading it to a multicard can find it here. Luchs Soft Taking Pre-Orders for Space Battle and QuadroMania! Luchs Soft in Germany is now taking pre-orders for two after-market titles, both to be available on April 1, 2019. Space Battle is a Harry Dodgson prototype (from 2000). It will be available as a single cartridge or two cartridges (for 2-player gaming); both versions will come complete with curved lip-style cartridge(s) inside a full-color carton, along with a manual, poster, and collectible lapel pin. The game can be played by up to eight players using the ComLynx cable. The other game, QuadroMania, was discovered in 2013 by Alex Thissen, a.k.a. ...
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