There have been a ton of great Star Trek games over the years, dating all the way to the days of text adventures. And one developer has recently been hard at work combining two of these classic titles in order to create something new and interesting for fans of the series (thanks IndieRetroNews!).
The unofficial fan project Super Star Trek 25th Anniversary mixes the strategy gameplay of 1978's Super Star Trek with the graphics of Interplay Productions' 1992 DOS adventure game Star Trek 25th Anniversary. This means you can now experience the best of both games as you issue commands to the rest of the bridge crew and try and eliminate the Klingon threat from surrounding sectors.
In the game, you'll start in a random sector on an 8x8 grid and will need to use your long-range sensors to locate nearby enemies, starbases, and stars. After scanning, you will see a three-digit number, with the first digit representing the number of enemies in that sector, the second the number of starbases, and so on. You will occasionally need to visit these starbases, if and when you're damaged or in need of energy.
E. Bolognesi writes about their decision to make the project in the game's itch description:
"Being a massive fan of the 1992 Interplay adventure Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, at some point, I had an idea: why not merge the graphics of the Interplay adventure with the mechanics of the strategy game? The result is Super Star Trek but played on the Enterprise's bridge. In short, you will be playing the strategy game on the main screen of the Enterprise, but you will issue commands by interacting with Sulu, Chekov, Spock, Scott, and Uhura. Additionally, I added original voices from the TV series to make things even more nostalgic."
You can download the game now from itch.io for PC or Mac, or play it directly in your browser. It is entirely free, so if you have even the smallest interest in Star Trek, you have no excuse not to check it out!