Trek Games go mainstream....
As user made and open source games became more and more popular on the early
net and in the PC gaming world it was just a matter of time before one of the
established gaming companies released one.
Having just bought the rights to make games from the Original Series of Star
Trek, Interplay decided to expand on the 2 most popular user made games of the
time, MTREK and NetTrek.
Star Trek 25'th Anniversary was released just as the original show was
reaching its jubilee. Based on what was basically a combined version of M and
NetTrek the game was the first mainstream PC based game for the computer, and it
took the gaming world by storm. From the classic Star Trek original series
introduction to the fights that made the TOS series so popular.
By today's standards the game looks very basic, but look past it and you'll
see a game that is extremely complex for the basic systems it was played on back
then. Star Trek 25th Anniversary is STILL the top selling game of all time for
the Star Trek license and no other game has yet to come near it.
The game itself ran like a mini adventure series, exactly the way it was on
the original show. Each mission had its own sub missions which also had multiple
endings. You were rated by Starfleet at the end of each missions and the
experience and ratings you gain is transferred over to your officers as well as
All the officers are here: Animated versions of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura,
Sulu, and Chekov are featured in the game, though most of the time it's the big
three - Kirk, Spock, and McCoy - who beam down to the planet on away missions
(and yes, there are "red shirts" too). To solve puzzles, you must manipulate
characters using all the commands familiar to adventurers: look, use, talk,
walk, take, and so forth. Interplay also added combat sequences to the game, and
while these action segments are rather simplistic - a mouse works fine for
guiding the ship - you still have all the usual command functions at your
disposal. You use hotkeys or click on icons, and it's up to you to make sure all
the proper procedures are followed, from raising shields and powering up weapons
to hailing ships and setting warp speed and impulse power. And hearing the
voices of the original cast members is an added thrill for Trek fans.
Avoid Enemy Fire:
Press ~ during combat to fly in reverse. Your opponents
will not be able to lock onto your vessel.
For more details....
Star Trek 25th Anniversary is now an unsupported DOS game. The official site
was pulled a long time ago and there is no trace of any fan sites for it.
Write up by V1ctor1st
22/10/2002 / Updated 11/12/2003