Sundog: Frozen Legacy
Atari ST - 1985
Description of Sundog: Frozen Legacy Atari ST
Arguably the best Atari ST game ever made, Sundog: Frozen Legacy is also one of the best sci-fi RPGs ever, period.
It isn't a strategy game, or a space combat game, or a role playing game, but a masterful blend of all three genres into an addictive, astounding epic that will take you months to complete (it took me a few solid weeks, even with walkthrough in hand).
The game's premise is somewhat cliche, but reasonable: you are a former (galactic) slave who just inherited your uncle's starship, along with a contract that your uncle was working on, which is to supply a colony with the materials and equipment it needs to grow. You must pilot the ship, the Sundog, to the various planets within this area of space and acquire the goods through buying and selling or other means, and deliver them to the colony when they are requested. Naturally, as you nonchalantly work on the contract, you will soon be involved in a bigger, more sinister plot that has the fate of the entire universe hang in the balance.
What makes Sundog a true classic as opposed to merely a good RPG is neither the brilliant plot development, or the excellent game mechanics, although it has plenty of both: it is the astounding level of detail. The detail in Sundog is staggering, and truly attests to this being a labor of love: the gameworld is fully realized at every level, from outer space to planetside where you can disembark from your ship into an armored car, and even out of the armored car into the streets. Each level of details is full of things you can interact with, from other ships in outerspace view, down to people inside various buildings at ground-base level.
Overall, there's really no fault I can find with Sundog, except that some ship-to-ship combat sequences toward the end are a bit too difficult, and there are not as many clues as I would like. Still, it is a masterpiece in every respect, and arguably a better game than FTL's better-known classic Dungeon Master that was made a few years later. If you are looking for a reason to install an Atari ST simulator, this is it.
Two thumbs up, way up!
Review By HOTUD
Sundog Fansite: http://www.lukin.com/sundog/index2.html
Sundog Resurrection Project: http://www.sundogresurrectionproject.com/
Planetary and city maps: http://www.synthe.net/sundog/sundog.htm - archives mirrored on this page.
Comments and reviews
The Rover 2013-03-10 1 point
As I remember it a relative left the ship to you upon his death with the requirement you find and bring supplies to build up the colony once you find it. The whole time you have to run enough cargo between ports to make a profit to trick out and keep the ship in good repair especially from pirates. Don't for get the bear spray.
steprock 2013-03-04 0 point
This game absolutely ruled all. Played it on the Atari ST with my older brother. The colony is on the 1st world (Jonnd?) but you have to go explore in your pod to find it. The location changes with each game.
So many layers to it! Haggling for stuff, finding new planets, travelling from city to city, exploring new cities on foot or in your pod, space battles, running cargo for profit.
Way ahead of its time, I think! Guys over on Sourceforge have been working on a reboot that's in Alpha now, FYI.
Last tip! Get a ground scanner to be able to fly your ship from city to city.
lwCoyote 2013-01-28 0 point
I played this on the Apple II, though I was rarely successful at it. Never did find the lost colony. Such an amazing game though. Very sad it never got ported to the PC. Can anyone recommend a good emulator?
Kevin 2012-12-07 0 point
ST version was awesome. Make sure to bribe and haggle people in bars to get the cloaker and other cool pirate parts for your ship. If I remember correctly, the point of the game is to find the lost colony and safely transport the cryo-frozen citizens there. Good luck, I could never find it. And don't forget to stock your pod up with burgers!
Skalli 2012-10-08 0 point
I got it running with the hatari emulator yesterday (7th October 2012).
It seems a bit buggy, some clicks with the mouse react strange (it looks like it doesn't always capture the mouse up event).
I'm looking forward to play it, but I wish I had a manual explaining things.
lwCoyote 2012-05-07 0 point
I played this on the apple II and loved it. Gonna try the Atari ST version and see how it compares. Graphics look better, b ased on the screen shots.. gogo monochrome!
CompanionUnobtrusive 2012-02-24 0 point
It was originally written for the Apple II and then ported to the ST, people.
Baron 2011-06-06 0 point
I use to own the Apple II version, wish I still had it. Loved this game! Brilliant
Lexus 2011-02-05 0 point
very cool.... but you usually have to download a different emulator... like Steem or SainT
Anonymous 2009-12-16 0 point
Actually, Sundog was also released on the Apple II, but the Atari ST version is rumored to be better.
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