Target Earth

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a game by NCS Corp., and Dreamworks
Genres: Flying, Shooting Games, Platformer
Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Shoot-Them-Up
Target Earth
Target Earth
Target Earth
Target Earth

After the horrendous World War, it took years for the dust to settle. But the world emerged unified in peace -- or so you thought. Now mysterious invaders from space have launched a vicious assault on the Earth. Little is known ' about the aliens' nature or purpose -- only their name, Chron, and that they fight with terrible fury!

You are the commander of Earth's Assault Suit Wing. Your mission is to beat back the Chron and discover just who they really are.

Earth Is In Your Hands!

Target Earth is a one-player action-arcade game for the Genesis that demands some radical finger pumping. Get set for eight stages of fast paced gameplay and non-stop action. In Stage 1, you defend your base from the onslaught of a huge alien warship!

If you survive the initial attack, Stage 2 is a fight for your life as you escape off-planet. In Stage 3, you guard vital space shuttles from an orbital attack!

ProTip: To destroy the Warship in Stage 1, stay out ol the line of fire from the lelt and right sides ot the ship. Return fire from underneath it.

Now it's your turn! Stage 4 is a wild battle as you try to destroy the Chron power reactor. But in Stage 5, just when you thought you were safe, the Chron launch a surprise attack. You retaliate in Stage 6 with an assault on the enemy's headquarters. Next, continue your offensive in Stage 7 to recapture a space colony. Finally, Stage 8 pits you face to face with the enemy where you try to uncover the true nature of Chron!

Gun Control

This game is a rough one, so you'd best be prepared to fight. You staff off with three weapons -- the D-D variable direction gun, the LG Gatling gun, and the 25-SC, which fires three-shot bursts. Each time you complete a mission, you add other weapons to your arsenal such as the Burst Attacker which fires a bouncing projectile that explodes on contact. There are 14 weapons in all.

  • The D-D weapon easily destroys large ships. Just fire above the enemy vessel and the explosive cloud inflicts lethal damage.
  • Take it easy on your guns. Weapons like the D-D and 25-SC do not have unlimited ammo. Try not to waste the shots.

Star Wars Defense

Here the best offense is a good defense. Along the way, you pick up three pieces of critical defensive equipment. Armor protects you against enemy fire. The Shield cuts the damage you suffer half. The Back Pack enables you to fly out of the line of fire.

  • In stage 3, keep moving to avoid enemy fire. The enemy follows you, but just ignore them and dodge their fire. Use the D-D weapon on their mother ship!
  • To survive hits by major fire power, just find a place to rest a few seconds and your power slowly rises back to normal.

On Target

When it comes to strategy and fast action, Target Earth has it all. If you like to space out, this is the game for you!

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.

Game Reviews

  • Levels: 9
  • Theme: Shooter
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Hard

The unthinkable has happened! A slaughtering race of mutants are attacking the poor Earth. You must put on a special combat suit equipped with sophisticated weapons and head out to battle.

  • Type: Shoot
  • Release: June 1990
  • Levels: 8
  • Difficulty: Avg.

In this multi-scene shooter, you begin by defending bases on a Jupiter moon. As the graphic/text story unfolds, your attack armored armies are given more advanced offensive and defensive power-ups to challenge the alien invaders in outer space and eventually above the planet Earth itself.

People say:


Target Earth has some appealing qualities, but the movement of your character is slow in some respects. The attackers fill the screen and eventually become too much to fight off. The game is way too difficult, and only a few will see higher levels.


This game would have received a much higher rating, but the difficulty is too high for any normal human. This is unfortunate, as the best scenes start to appear in the middle of the game. The control and play is unique and adds to the challenge.


Target Earth is a good game with an original idea that could have been better if there was more to do. Graphics are cool, but backgrounds don't have the 3-D effects of most Genesis games. Target Earth is just slightly above average, nothing spectacular.


Although Target Earth has most of the parts found in solid shooters, including graphics/text screens, plenty of power-ups and a great ending, the level of difficulty is too high. It's a pity, because a great cart becomes frustrating and not much fun.

Target Earth is a clever mix of action/adventure, shooting, and graphic/text all rolled up into one. Although the game is essentially a shooter, it combines elements of these other gaming genres to create all-out space war!

You command a group of soldiers outfitted with special attack suits. These armored skins can be powered-up with a multitude of weapons and functions that range from multi-fire bombs to defensive shielding. The power-suits also enable you to jump to dizzying heights and withstand the armies of alien ships and soldiers you must face. Target Earth may look familiar, but it is definitely not of the same mold.

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