Atari ST A to Z: Damocles

It takes guts to show up for a job you were hired for several months late… particularly when that job is saving an entire planet from destruction by a comet.

Unfortunately, your considerable tardiness (thanks largely to a delay on the planet Targ, as depicted in the original Mercenary) means that there are just three hours and ten minutes before the planet Eris is obliterated by the eponymous comet, and of course the solution to this rather pressing problem is anything but straightforward.

Along the course of your journey through this spectacular polygonal 3D open-world solar system, you’ll have to deal with the aftermath of eccentric professors having a spat with the head of state over a chess game, a severely incompetent post office, an overenthusiastic prison service and that most fearsome foe of all: British parliamentary politics. Damocles is a classic, and in this video I fuck it up completely. Enjoy!

Find a full archive of all the Atari A to Z videos on the official site.

2 thoughts on “Atari ST A to Z: Damocles”

  1. I was endlessly fascinated with Mercenary – that feeling of an open world was incredible at the time! But I think I may have been too young to really appreciate it. This on the other hand might have been an entirely different story for me! Don’t think I ever saw it available here on shelves which is a shame. REALLY great video – got me looking at the game online again and checking out MDDClone so I can play it on my PC. 🙂

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    1. Cool! Hope you enjoy investigating it. It really is a cool game, and Mercenary III is also well worth your time. I was also just a little bit too young for the first Mercenary when I first encountered it, but I appreciated that it was super-cool. By the time Damocles rolled around, though, I kind of “got it”. It was probably one of the first games I actually beat… with a little help, as I recall!

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