Tribute Games Inc.
Based in Montreal, Canada

Release date:
Early Access: July 22, 2013, Official Release: March 25, 2014 (Steam), April 1st, 2014 (PS4)

PC|Mac (Steam)
Nintendo Switch
PS Vita
XBox One


Regular Price:



In this frantic 2D action game, you are part of the Mercenary Kings, the most skilled team of warriors-for-hire on Earth, but when your comrades have fallen and the fearsome forces of CLAW have seized an island-wide top secret Laboratory Base, you must do what it takes to stop them. But you're not going in unprepared! Your back-up is made of a crew of rogue geniuses and experts of their field! Able to craft and customize guns'n'blades or upgrading body armor, you've never been this ready to join the fight. Whether its solo or with friends, move out, cut down CLAW and save the world!


Tribute Games, formed from the team who previously worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game, including animator Paul Robertson, launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of Mercenary Kings. Our initial target was $75,000 for a basic PC version, with additional milestones listed to add additional levels and modes, online support and a console version. The Kickstarter received a total of $116,064. At E3 2013, Sony announced at their press conference that the game would receive a console release on the PlayStation 4. On July 22, 2013, an early-access version of the game, containing 60 of the final game's 100 missions, was released on Steam.


  • Mission based run and gun game.
  • Looting and crafting. Craft new knives and gun parts.
  • Online and Offline co-op up to 4 players.
  • Over 100 missions.
  • Gain rank points, rank up, unlock new missions and items.
  • Character animation by Paul Robertson.


Launch Trailer YouTube

Trailer YouTube

Steam Early Access Launch YouTube

Online Multiplayer Footage YouTube

Reveal Trailer YouTube


download all screenshots & photos as .zip (88MB)


Awards & Recognition

  • "Hardcore Gamer E3 2013 Nomation" Mercenary Kings was nominated by Hardcore Gamer for best indie of E3 2013.

Selected Articles

  • "The level designs and enemy placements are top notch, exhibiting a strong eye for a gradual challenge curve that always keeps players on their toes."
    - Matt Miller, Game Informer
  • "This 2D shooter hits all of our pleasure centers with a sledgehammer"
    - Lucas Sullivan, Games Radar
  • "The gameplay is solid. Our little dudes (and dudette) featured tight controls."
    - Andrew Gaskill, Co-Optimus

About Tribute Games Inc.

Tribute Games is a studio developing and publishing video games with a focus on pixel art and classic game design. The Montreal-based studio has been steadily creating entertaining, challenging and retro-inspired games since 2011 using modern game development processes and technology. Their catalogue includes: Wizorb, Mercenary Kings, Curses 'N Chaos, Ninja Senki DX, Flinthook, and Panzer Paladin. They are also the developers of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, published by Dotemu, in partnership with Nickelodeon. In 2020, Tribute Games announced the start of a publishing division to help smaller developers publish their game. Tribute Games' first published title is Steel Assault.

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Mercenary Kings Credits

Jonathan Lavigne
Game Design

Jean-Francois Major

Paul Robertson

Stephane Boutin

Alexandre Maari

Patrice Bourgeault

Jean Chan
Sound Design

Yannick Belzil

Mat Janson Blanchet
Additional Level Design

presskit() by Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) - also thanks to these fine folks