One of the best-loved earliest computer games, Super Star Trek is a cult mainframe classic spacecraft simulation played by countless college students in the mid-to-late 1970s. Celebrated for its emphasis on authentic-sounding commands rather than reflexes, as well as numerous Star Trek references, the game has garnered a huge following and inspired countless remakes and clones to this day. The goal is quite simple. You pilot the Enterprise around space, killing Klingons and refueling when necessary. You issue commands by typing them into a parser-like interface. This new DOS version of the game was coded by Tom Almy, who fixed a bunch of bugs and added some new features such as modifying the "dock" command to give a report if a base is under attack, upgraded the deathray weapon, added the (very cool) Deep Space Probe, and tweaked the code so that the Romulans and regular Klingons could also move in advanced-level games. This version also allows enemy ships to ram into the Enterprise, although I have yet to see it in my games (probably because I never really allowed any ship to get that close ;)). Super Star Trek remains to this day one of the best of its kind ever created. With numerous bug fixes and new additions, this 2002 freeware version is the one to play. Best of all: the game is not only free, but its source code can also be downloaded free of charge off the official site. Two thumbs up, way up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs |