Star Trek 25th Anniversary

a game by Ultra Soft

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Adventure/RPG

See also: Star Trek Games

Life in the cosmos wouldn't be complete if Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise weren't facing some sort of galactic trauma. Isn't it nice to know that after 25 years some things never change? Ultra's made sure of that with Star Trek -- The 25th Anniversary.

The Gang's All Here

In this 8-bit episode, the Enterprise has been sucked through a rip in the fabric of space into an uncharted galaxy.

Now, Kirk and the crew have to repair the space hole and find their way home.

All of the original crew members: Spock, Chief Engineer Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Sulu, and, of course, Dr. "Bones" McCoy are aboard. The sprites are huge and pretty-darn good likenesses. While you explore a planet you get to see them in three-quarter overhead view, too.

The crew's ready and waiting with their status reports... and it's all bad news. The ship's Dilithium Crystals have burned out, and there isn't enough power to warp out of the unknown-zone or, for that matter, to maintain the current orbit for more than two hours.

Darn It, Jim...

Once the Enterprise is locked into orbit, Kirk and two other officers of your choice (Spock, Bones, Chekov, or a Security Officer) can beam down and begin the quest for crystals. Spock possesses a wealth of knowledge about most everything, and he's great for moral support.

An options screen can make Chekov a specialist in either history, geology, or biology. As for Bones, well, Bones is Bones. The perpetual hot-headed complainer's there for comic relief with great Trekky-style one liners, such as "I'm a doctor not an entomologist."

ProTip: Bring the Security officer down to the first planet to help keep the Shooting Flowers under control.

So Many Planets, So Little Time

The first planet is a no-brainer -- you automatically visit it. The other three planets of interest are scattered between Romulan Space, the Neutral Zone, and the United Federation of Planets. It takes time but with your crew's help and the Enterprise's computer equipment, you can figure out where you need to go. You even get to engage in a little ship-to-ship combat, but that's the least of your worries!

Beam Me Up, Beam Me Down

Star Trek's character control makes exploration a real adventure. You control Kirk while everyone else scurries around him. This pre-programmed tail-gating works okay until you want to investigate an object of interest. Crew members have to be positioned very precisely otherwise they keep saying that they note nothing unusual.

  • Give a startled, upset lady a flower and in return you may receive the key to a secret door.
  • The chubby green guy who guards the door leading to the back room of the bar on Lekythos, loves to eat rare insect delicacies.

It Boldly Goes

Star Trek is not what you could call a heady, intense role play adventure. But the fact that Trekky-ism transcends age makes this not too hard, though not too soft, action role play game fun for everybody. May it live long and prosper!

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