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The enduring popularity of the Star Trek science fiction franchise has led to numerous games in many different formats, beginning in 1967 with a board game based on The Original Series and continuing through 2009 with online and DVD games.

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Board games

  • Star Trek game, ages 4–10, produced by Hasbro (early 1970s)
  • Star Trek game, ages 8-adult, produced in UK by Palitoy (1970s)
  • Star Trek game, produced by Milton Bradley, based on Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek: The Adventure Game, produced by West End Games (1985)
  • Golden Trivia Game: Star Trek Edition (1985)
  • Golden Trivia Cards: Star Trek Edition (1985)
  • Star Trek: The Game, produced by Classic Games (1992) [1]
  • Star Trek: The Final Frontier, produced by Toys & Games Limited (1992)
  • How to Host a Mystery, produced by Decipher in a Star Trek: The Next Generation version (1992)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, A Klingon Challenge (1993)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Romulan Challenge, produced by MMG LTD (1994)
  • Monopoly, produced by Hasbro licensee USAopoly in two versions representing the original Star Trek series and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Scene It? Star Trek, developed by Screenlife and Mattel. Scene It? is a DVD-based board game experience where players pit their knowledge of the Star Trek universe against each other. Contains Star Trek TV and movie clips from all 5 live action series and the first 10 movies as well as trivia cards and on-screen puzzlers. Ages 13 - Adult. Available February 2009.
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Tabletop wargames

Card games

Role-playing games

Official game titles include the following:

Starship simulator games

Starship simulator games create the experience of commanding and operating a starship, and usually allow the player to handle a variety of functions, and to allocate resources such as ship power and systems. Some early Star Trek games in this category have had a huge effect on subsequent games in their genre, often leading to new level of depth and complexity in programming and/or gameplay. This game category includes both computer games and non-computer board games, since the Star Fleet Battles game series provides a starship simulation, and is wholly a tabletop board wargame. As well as the Star Trek RPG by FASA which allowed players to take charge of specific areas of a ships functions (such as the engineer allocating power) during combat.

Star Fleet Battles is different from most other wargames, which usually indicate unit strengths with simple numerical ratings. SFB players are able to deploy and manage power for a variety of ship weapons and resources. This is enabled through the use of an innovative tick sheet system, which manages power use for each ship, and also tracks which weapons and systems are in use.

In Star Trek: The Role Playing Game, produced by FASA, players actually had individual bridge functions during combat. This at one point became a separate game known as Starship Tactical Combat Simulator. The Captain determined the strategy, the Engineer was responsible for power management and allocation to different systems such as weapons and shields, the Helmsman for firing weapons, the Navigator for managing deflector shields, the Communications Officer for damage control and so on.

Some of the earliest and more influential space simulator video games were Star Trek games. One of the earliest games in this category was Super Star Trek, an early text-based, DOS-based game. This game created an impressive starship experience using only text-based commands and graphics. Another is the Star Trek (text game), which originated in 1971 and was ported to many different systems. The game Begin is considered notable for having a convincing model of game dynamics, as it has very few random elements, and is highly mathematical.

Netrek was released in 1988, and was probably the first game to use both the TCP and UDP protocols, the first Internet-aware team game, the first Internet game to use metaservers to locate open game servers, and the first to have persistent user information.

In later years, fewer games were produced within this genre, and more games were produced in the adventure games genre. The first new recent game was Starfleet Academy, which incorporated many Star Trek elements, but was criticized for depicting starship operation as more akin to fighter planes than capital ships. A sequel, Klingon Academy, was actually quite different, and was one of the first games to depict starship operation with an appropriate amount of complexity.

The Starfleet Command game series released by Interplay was based largely on the tabletop game Starfleet Battles, and comprised Starfleet Command, Starfleet Command 2: Empires at War, and Starfleet Command III. It constitutes one of the most definitive current games, depicting a wide array of ship systems and Star Trek storylines. This series had a more naval flavor, and depicted a number of ship systems. This series spawned a very large multiplayer ladder competition first with the "Starlance" system, and later on the "GamerZone" ladder.

Bridge Commander was another addition to this genre, reflecting the more deliberative, command aspects of this experience.

In late 2006, Bethesda Softworks released several console games which carry on the tradition of classic Star Trek ship simulator/combat games, Star Trek Legacy for the PC and Xbox 360, Star Trek: Encounters for the PlayStation 2, Star Trek: Tactical Assault for the Nintendo DS and the PlayStation Portable and Star Trek: Conquest for the Wii and PlayStation 2.

Several online games have appeared on the Internet. Vega Trek is a game mod which is planned to eventually become active as a multiplayer game.[2] Flashtrek: Broken Mirror is one of the first games in this category which is online and wholly browser-based. It has spawned two sequels, one by Vex Xiang(the orginal broken mirror writer) which is unfinished and a Broken Mirror III which takes place before Broken Mirror One, it is being made by a man named Darkwing and is based at flashtrek.motionsforum.com. The site also gives a challenge for someone to finish broken mirror 2. It also appears that Star Trek Online, which is an MMORPG and is currently under development, will fit into this category, since starship operation will reportedly be one of the key aspects of this game.[3]

In May 2009, Star Trek DAC was released. This game is a starship shooter in a top down style based on the movie titled Star Trek, by J.J. Abrams and features the original score from the movie.

Pinball games

Three pinball games have been based on the Star Trek series:

Video games

Arcade

Year Title Platform
1982 Star Trek - Strategic Operations Simulator Arcade
2000 Star Trek: Borg Contact Arcade
2002 Star Trek: Voyager - The Arcade Game Arcade

Computer

The history of the Star Trek personal computer game franchise began as early as 1971, with a Star Trek text-only computer game written in BASIC. Many PC titles have since been published, and the franchise was one of the first based on a TV program to break into the young PC gamer market in the 1990s.

Interplay, Simon and Schuster, Microprose and Activision released most of the best-known Star Trek games between 2000 and 2003. Titles like Star Trek: Armada, Star Trek: Elite Force and Star Trek: Bridge Commander were all published during this period, as were over half of all the other major Star Trek PC games. The absence of new titles after 2003 was due in large measure to a split and subsequent lawsuit between Activision and Viacom which ended in 2004.

With the departure of Activision in 2003, the franchise under the tenure of Paramount effectively came to a close. Since the end of 2005, CBS has assumed most franchise management, including games and other products. Even with no new licensed titles released during 2003-2006, the older games like Armada and Elite Force still have an avid fan base which keeps the small community going. Development of the new Star Trek: Online title is complete and the game was made available for sale on February 2nd,2010.[4]

Commercial games

Year Title Platform Developer/Publisher
1971 Star Trek (text game) multiple Mike Mayfield
1972 Star Trek (script game) PDP-10 Don Daglow
1979 Apple Trek Apple II
c. 1980 3-D Star Trek Atari 800 Color Software
1981 Tari Trek Atari 800 Quality Software
1981 Begin: A Tactical Starship Simulation MS-DOS
1983 Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (ports) VIC20
1984 Star Trek: The Promethean Prophecy Apple II, C64, MS-DOS Simon and Schuster
1985 Star Trek: The Kobayashi Alternative Apple II, C64, MS-DOS Simon and Schuster
1987 Star Trek: The Rebel Universe Atari ST, C64, MS-DOS Simon and Schuster
1988 Star Trek: First Contact MS-DOS
1989 Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Transinium Challenge MS-DOS
1989 Star Trek: The Rebel Universe C64, MS-DOS Simon and Schuster
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier MS-DOS
1991 Begin 2 (game) MS-DOS
1992 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary MS-DOS, Macintosh, Amiga Interplay
1993 Star Trek: Judgment Rites MS-DOS, Macintosh Interplay
1995 Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity MS-DOS, Macintosh Spectrum HoloByte / MicroProse
1995 Star Trek: Klingon Windows Simon and Schuster
1996 Star Trek: Borg Windows, Macintosh Simon and Schuster
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger MS-DOS, Macintosh Stormfront Studios / Viacom NewMedia
1997 Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Windows, Macintosh High Voltage Software / Interplay
1997 Star Trek Generations Windows Microprose
1997 Star Trek Pinball Windows
1998 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Klingon Honor Guard Windows, Macintosh Microprose
1998 Star Trek: The Game Show Windows, Macintosh
1998 Star Trek: Starship Creator Windows, Macintosh Imergy / Simon & Schuster
1999 Star Trek: Birth of the Federation Windows Microprose / Hasbro
1999 Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury cancelled
1999 Star Trek: Starfleet Command Windows Quicksilver Software / Interplay Entertainment
1999 Star Trek: Hidden Evil Windows Presto Studios / Activision
2000 Star Trek: Armada Windows Mad Doc Software / Activision
2000 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen Windows, Macintosh The Collective, Inc. / Simon & Schuster
2000 Star Trek: ConQuest Online Windows Genetic Anomalies / Activision
2000 Star Trek: Klingon Academy Windows, Macintosh 14 Degrees East / Interplay Entertainment
2000 Star Trek: New Worlds Windows 14 Degrees East / Interplay Entertainment
2000 Star Trek: Starship Creator Warp II Windows
2000 Star Trek: Voyager: Elite Force Windows, Macintosh Raven Software / Activision
2001 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars Windows Gizmo Games / Simon & Schuster
2001 Star Trek: Armada II Windows Mad Doc Software / Activision
2001 Star Trek: Away Team Windows Reflexive Entertainment / Activision
2001 Star Trek: Borg Assimilator cancelled Activision
2001 Star Trek: Starfleet Command II: Empires at War Windows Taldren / Interplay Entertainment
2001 Star Trek: Starfleet Command: Orion Pirates Windows Taldren / Interplay Entertainment
2002 Star Trek: Starfleet Command III Windows Taldren / Activision
2002 Star Trek: Bridge Commander Windows Totally Games / Activision
2003 Star Trek: Elite Force II Windows, Macintosh Ritual Entertainment / Activision
2006 Star Trek: Legacy Windows, Xbox 360 Mad Doc Software / Bethesda Softworks
2009 Star Trek: D-A-C Windows Naked Sky Entertainment / Paramount Digital Entertainment
2010 Star Trek Online Windows Cryptic Studios

Fan games

In addition to commercial games, the fan community have produced a number of games and modifications

Title Platform status Link type
Netrek Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix active http://www.netrek.org/ multiplayer 2d shooter / strategy
Star Trek Supremacy Windows in development http://www.startreksupremacy.com Turn based strategy (BOTF clone)
Birth Of The Empires Trek Mod Windows in development http://star-trek-games.com/ Turn based strategy (BOTF clone)
Temporal Cold War Windows cancelled http://www.enterprise-tcw.com First person shooter (Half-Life 2 mod)
Trekwar Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix in development http://www.trekwar.org Massive multiplayer online turn based strategy
Star Trek Excalibur Windows in development http://www.stexcalibur.com Space simulator
Eraser Project Windows in development http://www.eraserproject-mod.com First person shooter (Crysis mod)
Begin Windows / MS DOS in development http://www.starfleetproject.com Tactical Starship Simulation

Console

Year Title Platform
1979 Star Trek: Phaser Strike Microvision
1982 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Vectrex
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (cancelled) NES
1991 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Game Boy, NES
1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future's Past SNES
Star Trek: The Next Generation Game Boy
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation: Echoes from the Past Game Gear, Genesis
Star Trek Generations: Beyond the Nexus Game Boy, Game Gear
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy 32X, SNES,Windows
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Crossroads of Time Genesis, SNES
2000 Star Trek: Invasion PlayStation
Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force PS2, Windows, Macintosh
2004 Star Trek: Shattered Universe PS2, Xbox
2006 Star Trek: Tactical Assault PSP, DS
Star Trek: Legacy Xbox 360, Windows
Star Trek: Encounters PS2
2007 Star Trek: Conquest Wii, PS2
2009 Star Trek: D-A-C Xbox 360, PS3
2009 Star Trek: The Mobile Game iPhone OS

Electronic Games

  • Star Trek Super Phaser 2 Target Game is similar to Laser Tag. (1976)
  • Star Trek Phaser Battle Game is similar a tabletop arcade game. (1976)

Handheld electronic games

Numerous stand-alone electronic handheld and tabletop games have been produced by manufacturers like Bandai, Coleco, Konami, and others. Pair Match, manufactured by Bandai in 1984, appeared in several Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3419
  2. ^ Posting on official website for Vega Trek.
  3. ^ Mr Spock to lift lid on Star Trek Online, play.tm, Aug 6, 2008.
  4. ^ Star Trek Online website

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